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Dappled Things is a Catholic literary magazine, and this raises the question of what Catholic literature 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 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.

You may submit up to two non-fiction articles at a time for consideration on the "Deep Down Things" weblog. Essays, memoirs, interviews, and book reviews are all welcome. The Catholic literary philosophy of the magazine should be respected.

Please include a biographical note.

You may submit one fiction 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.

Please include a byline in your cover letter that we can use in our contributor notes if your piece is selected for publication.


All pieces submitted to our nonfiction section will be considered for our yearly Jacques Maritain Prize for Nonfiction. The three prize winners will be selected by an independent judge from among all the nonfiction pieces published in the magazine during the previous year. The prize winner will be announced in December of 2017, with winners being selected from among the preceding four issues of the journal.

The prize amounts are as follows:

First prize: $500

Second prize: $300

Third prize: $200

All text submissions should use 12-point Times New Roman font. Writers should only use one space after periods and other forms of punctuation.

We are not interested in work that uses an overly academic tone. Avoid jargon and send us work that will be of interest to the well-informed non-specialist. Instead of including a list of works cited, include any citations in journalistic style, as a part of the piece itself. We are open to a wide range of topics and  approaches; take a look through past editions of the journal to see what sort of nonfiction we publish. You may use this category for submitting essays, memoirs, interviews, and other nonfiction articles, but please submit book reviews through the category specifically designated for them. Note that neither interviews nor book reviews are eligible for the Jacques Maritain Prize.

Please send only one non-fiction piece at a time and wait for a response before making a new submission.

Please include a byline in your cover letter that we can use in our contributor notes if your piece is selected for publication.

You may submit up to ten images at a time. Please look through previous editions of the journal to get an idea of the type of work we have published in the past.

Send only reviews of books no older than two years. Feel free to send us a query if you want to know whether we'd be interested in a particular book.