We are very excited to announce that thanks to the continued support of our readers and donors, Dappled Things will be able to take a very important step this year. In addition to publishing works of fiction, poetry, and visual art, Dappled Things has always aimed to publish some of the best nonfiction available on topics of faith and culture. We have also wanted to be a venue that supports writers not only by providing them a platform, but also by paying them for their hard work. We began to do that in recent years with the introduction of yearly prizes for fiction and nonfiction, which resulted in a noticeable increase in the quantity and quality of the submissions we receive. Now, we are going one step further to attract great writers by paying in the following ways:
- All essays and interviews published in the print journal will receive a payment of $100;
- Book reviews over 900 words published in the print journal will receive a payment of $50;
- Shorter book reviews published in the print journal will receive a payment of $20.
In addition to these payments, all essays published will still be entered as finalists for our Jacques Maritain Prize for Nonfiction, which gives out prizes of $500, $300, and $200 to the top pieces of the year (pieces by DT staff are no eligible for this prize). The first pieces eligible for payment will be those published in the SS. Peter & Paul 2018 edition.
Finally, we will also be expanding our efforts on the fiction side with larger awards for the JF Powers Prize starting next year (details will be forthcoming around the time that prize becomes open for submissions toward the end of the summer).
Interested in Submitting?
If you are interested in submitting an essay for publication, please familiarize yourself with the journal’s content. Please note that we are not looking exclusively for pieces on art and literature, though naturally those are welcome. Rather, we want to cover a broad range of topics related to faith and culture, broadly understood.
In the past, we have published essays discussing the role of Catholic thought in the birth of modern science, the relationship between the Catholic understanding of the good life and competing economic systems, how the theology of the body relates to issues of social justice, and what all of us, poets and non-poets alike, can learn from learning to think like a poet. Surprise us. As long as your essay is taking advantage of the riches of Catholic thought to shed light on an interesting topic, we want to consider your work. Also, please note that creative nonfiction or personal essays are included within this category and we want to continue publishing them. Please send in your submissions through our Submittable portal.
If you’d like to send us a book review (or interview), you may pitch Bernardo Aparicio García by emailing him at dappledthings.aparicio [at] gmail [dot] com with your idea. Please format the subject line of your email as follows: “Book Review Pitch: [BOOK TITLE] by [Author].”