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

The J.F Powers 2021 prize for short fiction is open for submissions, scroll down for more information

The J.F Power organization has started receiving submissions for its 2021 short fiction contest. Read more below for more information on eligibility and how to proceed.

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.

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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 letter, as 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.

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1st place: $500

2nd place: $250

Up to 8 honorable mentions: publication in the journal and a one-year subscription.

How to Submit

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