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The Jacques Maritain Prize for Nonfiction

The Jacques Maritain Prize for Nonfiction

Dappled Things honors the best essays published in the journal in a year through the Jacques Maritain Prize for Nonfiction. Maritain was an influential 20th century Thomist philosopher and Catholic convert whose work covered a wide range of topics, including metaphysics and epistemology, ethics and politics, and—significantly for us—literature and art. His book Art and Scholasticism has been a major influence on Dappled Things’ own approach to aesthetics.


In keeping with Maritain’s own broad interests, we are not limiting submissions to a particular theme, other than what would fit within the context of a Catholic cultural and literary journal. In other words, please follow our nonfiction submission guidelines and look at the nonfiction pieces that appear in our previous issues. Book reviews and interviews are not eligible for the prize, but all other forms of nonfiction are.


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1st place: $500

2nd place: $300

3rd place: $200


End of August 2016


  • Since all nonfiction submissions will be eligible for the prize (the winner will be selected from among all the essays published in Dappled Things during a given year), then submissions for the prize are accepted year-round.
  • To participate in the current prize, your piece should appear at the latest in the Christmas 2016 edition, which means you would have to make a submission by the end of August 2016.
  • The issues could all be filled before then, however, so don’t delay. We publish about two to three essays per issue, and all published essays will be finalists for the prize. The earlier you submit, the likelier the chances your essay will appear among a given year’s finalists.
  • 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.
  • Winners of the Jacques Maritain Prize for Nonfiction will be announced in January 2017 (with the finalists being announced as each issue is published, starting with the Candlemas 2016 edition).
  • Submit your entry here


For inquiries, visit the organizers’ web page


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