Cagibi welcomes submissions year-round for quarterly online issues. Each issue features original prose and poetry, most of which have been selected from unsolicited submissions. Works published in Cagibi’s online issues are eligible for publication in an annual print anthology.

Judges: Andre Dubus III in Fiction, Emily Flake in Cartoon, Jill Bialosky in Nonfiction, and Nick Flynn in Poetry! For more about these judges, see our announcement page.

One winner in each category of the 2020 Macaron Prize will receive $1000 and publication in Cagibi's 2020 print issue. Finalists will also be published in the print issue. Good luck! Winners to be announced in July. The print issue will be published in the fall and celebrated at an event in New York City.

$20 entry fee for one entry submitted here:

  • Fiction: One story, 4000 words maximum.
  • Poetry: Up to three poems. Place your poems in one document.
  • Nonfiction: One personal narrative nonfiction essay, 4000 words maximum
  • Cartoon: One single-panel cartoon; or a comic strip or other series of interrelated panels. We are not looking for book-length works in this category, so please no more than 12 pages if you are sending in a longer work. Editorially open to any content and subject matter.
  • One of the above, per entry. Multiple entries are accepted, and incur the submission fee per entry.

All entries must be sent through this Submittable interface.

All entries will also be considered for publication in Cagibi's quarterly online issues.

To Withdraw: For help on how to withdraw your submission, see our Submission Guidelines page.

Eligibility:

Those currently or recently affiliated with the judges should refrain from entering the contests. Close friends and relatives of the judge, and students who have studied with the judge within the last two years, should refrain from entering the contests.

Only previously unpublished work is eligible for consideration. Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as you immediately withdraw your submission within Submittable should your piece be accepted elsewhere.

Works translated from other languages are not eligible unless you wrote both the original and the translation. Open to writers, worldwide; works must be written in English.

Cagibi reserves the right to not declare a winner; in this rare case, no entry fees will be refunded.

Cagibi supports the CLMP Code of Ethics for literary contests.

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Cagibi accepts submissions year round for quarterly online issues. Each issue features original prose and poetry, most of which have been selected from unsolicited submissions.

We are open year-round, with rolling deadlines to facilitate our editorial workflow. We are now reading especially for Issue 9 January — though regardless of when received, submissions are considered for all upcoming Cagibi issues, which are published quarterly. 

FICTION GUIDELINES:

  • The editors welcome short stories, flash fiction or short-shorts, and lengthier stories. There is no word count limit; use your best judgment.
  • We also publish novel excerpts. Novel excerpts should be complete and self-contained; they should not require any written contextualization. Please do not send us your novel and ask that we select an excerpt.
  • Aesthetically, we are open to most styles and approaches and are always interested in stories, whether more traditional or experimental, that are off-beat, penetrating, and surprising.
  • If flash fiction or short-shorts, you may submit up to 3 pieces at once, depending on the length; use your best judgment. Place all your work in one document.
  • We welcome works in translation. Also, we welcome submissions from outside the United States.
  • Experimental fiction is welcome. We do not publish genre fiction such as mystery, crime, science fiction, fantasy, romance. 
  • A graphic / illustrated narrative work is welcome.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as you immediately withdraw your submission within Submittable should your piece be accepted elsewhere.
  • Previously unpublished work only. Cagibi does not consider work that has previously appeared in print or online.
  • TO WITHDRAW, IN WHOLE OR IN PART: For help on how to withdraw a partial of your submission, or the whole submission, see our Submission Guidelines page.

We look forward to reading your work!

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Cagibi accepts and reads submissions year round for quarterly online issues. Each issue features original prose and poetry, most of which have been selected from unsolicited submissions.

We are open year-round, with rolling deadlines to facilitate our editorial workflow. We are now reading especially for Issue 9 January — though regardless of when received, submissions are considered for all upcoming Cagibi issues, which are published quarterly. 

NON-FICTION GUIDELINES:

  • The editors are interested in creative nonfiction. We welcome a wide range of work from traditional essays to experimental subjects and forms. Non-fiction pieces can take any form—creative non-fiction, memoir, biography, autobiography, etc. We look for pieces that grip us and tell a compelling story. There is no word count limit; use your best judgment.
  • Also, craft essays: Cagibi editors are looking for essays on craft and the process of writing. If you have an essay or creative non-fiction piece that focuses on craft and technique, language and identity, or writers’ block or other writing challenges, send it our way.
  • Cagibi is literary in focus, which includes personal narrative essays; but to be clear, we do not consider academic papers that are limited to a particular audience or that are footnoted/in-text referenced.
  • A graphic / illustrated narrative work is welcome.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as you immediately withdraw your submission within Submittable should your piece be accepted elsewhere.
  • Previously unpublished work only. Cagibi does not consider work that has previously appeared in print or online.
  • TO WITHDRAW, IN WHOLE OR IN PART: For help on how to withdraw a partial of your submission, or the whole submission, see our Submission Guidelines page.

We look forward to reading your work!

Cagibi accepts and reads submissions year round for quarterly online issues. Each issue features original prose and poetry, most of which have been selected from unsolicited submissions.

ESSAYS FOR OTG SERIES GUIDELINES:

  • For the Cagibi OTG ("on the ground") special feature section, the editors are seeking essays in conversation with important issues unfolding in the world around us, whether literary, cultural, social, or political. We welcome a wide range of work and subject matter and form. We welcome reactions, responses, and reporting, from a wide range of perspectives and angles. There is no word count limit; use your best judgment.
  • We do not consider academic papers that are limited to a particular audience or that are footnoted/in-text referenced.
  • A graphic / illustrated narrative work is welcome.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as you immediately withdraw your submission within Submittable should your piece be accepted elsewhere.
  • Previously unpublished work only. Cagibi does not consider work that has previously appeared in print or online.
  • TO WITHDRAW, IN WHOLE OR IN PART: For help on how to withdraw a partial of your submission, or the whole submission, see our Submission Guidelines page.

We look forward to reading your work!

Postcards are short, true, and evoke a human experience tied to a given place. Our editors are open to interpretation, though also keenly interested in receiving dispatches from travels—imagine a postcard sent home from abroad, delivering impressions of the everyday experience among cultural oddities, political strife, turbulent times.

Be sure to include the location either in the Title, or in the Cover Letter. For example, here are a few titles of our earlier Postcards: "Spellbinding Monotony: Postcard from Provincetown" and "Postcard from Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina".

Our editors are expecting nonfiction, and prose. Please include no more than two essays in one submission.

Ideally a Postcard is not more than 600 words. This form celebrates brevity.

Previously unpublished work only. Cagibi does not consider work that has previously appeared in print or online.

We publish Postcards in our Cagibi Express section on an ongoing basis, outside of our quarterly issue schedule.

WORKS IN TRANSLATION: Our editors welcome translated short nonfiction essays that seem to work as Postcards as we've described above.

TO WITHDRAW, IN WHOLE OR IN PART: For help on how to withdraw a partial of your submission, or the whole submission, see our Submission Guidelines page.

We look forward to reading your work! 

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Cagibi accepts and reads submissions year round for quarterly online issues. Each issue features original prose and poetry, most of which have been selected from unsolicited submissions.
Cagibi considers original, unpublished poetry by poets in all stages of their writing careers.

We are open year-round, with rolling deadlines to facilitate our editorial workflow. We are now reading especially for Issue 9 January — though regardless of when received, submissions are considered for all upcoming Cagibi issues, which are published quarterly. 

POETRY GUIDELINES:

  • You may submit up to 3 poems at once, depending on the length; use your best judgment.
  • Place your poems in one document.
  • We also publish poetry collection excerpts (previously unpublished work only). The excerpts should be complete and self-contained; they should not require any written contextualization. Please do not send us your poetry collection and ask that we select an excerpt. There is no page or word count limit; use your best judgment.
  • If your poem is a book-length epic, then you should think about excerpting.
  • We welcome works in translation. Also, we welcome submissions from outside the United States.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as you notify us immediately should your piece be accepted elsewhere.
  • Previously unpublished work only. Cagibi does not consider work that has previously appeared in print or online.
  • TO WITHDRAW A POEM: For help on how to withdraw a partial of your submission, or the whole submission, see our Submission Guidelines page.

We look forward to reading your work!

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Cagibi accepts submissions year round for quarterly online issues. Each issue features original prose and poetry, most of which have been selected from unsolicited submissions. Translations may either be submitted here, or in the respective category of Fiction, Non-Fiction, or Poetry. But wherever you choose to submit your translation submission, our editors look forward to reading it.

We are open year-round, with rolling deadlines to facilitate our editorial workflow. We are now reading especially for Issue 9 January — though regardless of when received, submissions are considered for all upcoming Cagibi issues, which are published quarterly. 

GUIDELINES

  • Our editors welcome English translations from any language of both prose and poetry. 
  • Include the original text if possible, as well as a short biography of the writer, a short biography of the translator, and a statement or concise paragraph introducing the work.
  • If there are extenuating circumstances that prevent you from including a copy of the original text at the time of your submission, please note that in the cover letter.
  • Before submitting translations of works that are not in the public domain, translators should identify the rights holder and obtain a statement that the rights to publish an English translation are available.
  • TO WITHDRAW, IN WHOLE OR IN PART: For help on how to withdraw a partial of your submission, or the whole submission, see our Submission Guidelines page.

We look forward to reading your work!

Cagibi accepts interview and "in conversation" submissions year round for quarterly online issues and Cagibi Express features. Our editors are looking for interviews and conversations with translators, authors, and also artists whose work connects in ways with literature. See our Interviews section.

For forthcoming books, prior to the book's pub date, Cagibi also publishes book publicity features as either book excerpts or author essays. Author essays appear in our Book Passage section, and here is more about what we are looking for in a Book Passage author essay:

  • For an author on their book, this answers the question, “What were my influences that brought me to this book that I wrote?” With an emphasis on literature (other books) that influenced them, and “place” or “spaces” that were of influence or of inspiration. An essay designed around either of these would be fine.
  • Tone and Structure: There is no set approach in voice, style, form, or structure but it needs to be clear (not obfuscated lyricism). It may be loose and casual, or less so. It does not need to be linear, but certainly needs to present a coherent and compelling set of ideas; it needs to engender a narrative of the author’s journey taken to arrive at this book.
  • Length: No set length, but generally 800 to 1200 words feels right.
  • These essays are published in Cagibi Express and officially in the “.1” issue of the most recent online quarterly issue. It is widely shared on social media.

At this time, Cagibi is not able to pay for interviews or book publicity features.

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