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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Dappled Things submissions open


Deadline: May 31, 2024


You may submit one fiction (including drama) piece at a time. 

Please wait until you have received a response before sending more work. We recommend that you look through previous editions of the journal to get a sense of the type of work we tend to favor. You may use this category to submit short stories, flash-fiction, and drama. Dappled Things pays $100 per published piece in this category.

Please include a byline in your cover letter that we can use in our contributor notes if your piece is selected for publication. Dappled Things is a Catholic magazine of ideas, art, and faith, and this raises the question of what Catholic culture is in the first place. Rather than give you a pat answer, we invite you as a contributor to help us explore that question. You should, however, keep in mind the following: Catholicism has a profoundly rich history; we tend to favor pieces that seriously engage and are informed by those riches. At the same time, we seek work that does not simply put old wine into new wineskins. Rather, we encourage innovation that is in reverent creative conversation with the riches of Christianity’s tradition in art, thought, and practice;

We cherish wit, but have little patience for pretentiousness, cynicism, or sneering. We expect that, at their core, pieces published in the magazine will grow out of a love and understanding of the cardinal virtues of wisdom, justice, temperance, and fortitude; the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love; and the redemptive theme that transpires from the Nicene Creed.

At the same time, we value work that is truthful through and through, meaning that it explores reality honestly and unflinchingly, without whitewashing or sugarcoating. To unveil the truth about the beauty and goodness of the world, one must not hide the facts of the Fall;

Pieces need not be overtly religious to be eligible for publication. Remember that Catholic means universal;

Whatever else your piece succeeds in doing, quality of craftsmanship is a sine qua non.

Dappled Things accepts simultaneous submissions. If you are submitting your work to other journals at the same time, please explicitly state that in your cover letter, and notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

At this time, fiction and poetry submissions will be open within an annual reading period of February 1 to May 31 (subject to adjustment). Nonfiction, book reviews, and guest blog posts continue to be read and accepted on a rolling basis.

HONORARIUM UPDATE (2023): Honoraria for publication are as follows: Fiction, nonfiction, & interviews receive $100 per piece (with the exception of J.F. Powers Prize stories: as of 2023, the first-place winner receives $700; second place receives $300).
Each issue's featured visual artist will receive $100.
Reviews receive $50 for longer pieces (over 900 words), $20 for shorter (under 900).
Blog posts on Deep Down Things receive $50 per post regardless of length.

Unless otherwise specified, the rights Dappled Things requests for all print works are standard rights of first North American serial publication. This covers print and digital formats, since magazine subscriptions and individual copies are offered in both. Authors retain all other applicable rights to their work. Dappled Things does appreciate credit as the journal of first publication. There is no required period of exclusivity after publication, as some journals have, but the editors do request that a piece submitted to us and accepted by us not be published elsewhere before our date of publication even if there is a long lead time. We build issues up to a year ahead of release, and planned production dates are subject to change. Please contact our editor in chief directly with any specific questions: dappledthings.carl@gmail.com.

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