J.F. Powers Prize for Short Fiction 2021 | Prize: $750


You can now submit your entries for this year’s J.F. Powers Prize for Short Fiction. First place winner will be awarded $500 while the second place, $250. No age restriction. No submission fee.

The J.F Powers Prize for Short Fiction seeks to honor examples of excellent short story writing from a Catholic perspective. The prize is sponsored by Dappled Things: A Quarterly of Ideas, Art, and Faith.

The contest calls for “carefully crafted short stories with vivid characters who encounter grace in everyday settings.”

Dappled Things is a literary magazine dedicated to providing a space for emerging writers to engage the contemporary literary world from a Catholic perspective. Since 2005, Dappled Things has advanced the conversation about Catholic literary fiction in contemporary culture.

Eligibility for the The J.F. Powers Prize for Short Fiction

  • Any creative writer who can express words via writing.
  • No age restriction
  • It is an international contest.
  • No submission fee.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Only one submission per author will be accepted.
  • Please do not submit any previously published work.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please withdraw your work immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.
  • Please include in your contact information, including e-mail and mailing address, in your cover letteras well as one or two lines with your biographical information as you would like it to appear if published.
  • The word limit is 8,000 words. Longer submissions will be returned unread.
  • Using only the online submission system, submit a story of up to 8,000 words.
  • The deadline for submission is 30th November, 2020.


  • 1st place: $500
  • 2nd place: $250
  • Up to 8 honorable mentions: publication in the journal and a one-year subscription.

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