In this time of great upheaval and uncertainty, it is good to know that some things go on as usual. The editors of Dappled Things are very pleased to announce the finalists in our 2020 J.F. Powers Prize for Short Fiction. From more than 500 entries, we have selected an elite group of 29 finalists to compete for our top prize of $500 as well as publication in our journal.
Giving due consideration to more than 500 stories is no easy task, so we would like to extend a sincere thank you to our entire editorial board as well as guest judges Taryn Okuma, Rhonda Ortiz, and Arthur Powers for helping us. We also thank everyone who submitted. The quality of the stories (and therefore the difficulty of judging!) gets higher every year. Submissions for the 2021 prize will open in the Fall–and we expect some truly excellent work, after all the time you writers will be spending at home.
Finalists are listed in no particular order. Congratulations, and best of luck in the last round!