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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.

Previously unpublished work only.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 are open year-round, with rolling deadlines to facilitate our editorial workflow. We are now reading especially for Issue 8, mid-October — though regardless of when received, submissions are considered for all upcoming Cagibi issues, which are published quarterly.  

We look forward to reading your work!