Dappled Things announces the 2015 J.F. Powers Short Fiction Prize.
Building on the success of the 2014 J.F. Powers Prize for Short Fiction, Dappled Things has expanded the contest this year, offering more opportunities to win cash prizes and publication.
“One foot in this world and one in the next”: that’s how J.F. Powers described the Midwestern priests he wrote about in his fiction. Having one foot in another world can be awkward, and Powers’ characters are known not for their graceful mysticism, but for the humiliating and mordantly entertaining stumbles they make while trying to live their faith. We’re looking for carefully crafted short stories with vivid characters who encounter grace in everyday settings—we want to see who, in the age we live in, might have one foot in this world and one in the next.
The judges will be award-winning authors Arthur Powers and Matthew Lickona. The winner will receive $500, with an additional $250 going to the runner-up. There is no reading fee. The winning stories will be announced in February, 2015 and published in Dappled Things, along with eight honorable mentions. Please submit your short story (no more than one, no previously published work) to our website by November 28, 2014.
Guidelines and submission form: https://dappledthings.submittable.com/submit/24212
Additional information here: http://goo.gl/UUG3uL