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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.


  • 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  • Previously unpublished work only.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 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!