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$20.00 USD

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.


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Only previously unpublished work is eligible for consideration.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.