nonfiction (+ craft essays)

May. 28, 2023

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 our next online issue — though regardless of when received, submissions are considered for all upcoming Cagibi issues as well as our Cagibi Express feature section where feature works are published between issues.


  • 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  • Previously unpublished work only.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!

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