The Cagibi Macaron Prize 2020

’s Macaron Prize submission period is currently closed.

This year’s winners and second-place finalists have been announced, and are published in the Cagibi 2020 print issue—the list of winners may be found on that page.

The annual Macaron Prize is in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Featuring 2020 guest judges (in typical Cagibi style alpha order) Andre Dubus III in Fiction, Emily Flake in Cartoon, Jill Bialosky in Nonfiction, and Nick Flynn in Poetry. (The cartoon category was canceled.)

The launch of the Cagibi 2020 print issue will be celebrated by video from New York City. Read more about the judges below.

Updates and News:

Andre Dubus III for Fiction

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Andre Dubus III grew up in small Massachusetts towns on the Merrimack River, after his family moved among places such as California, Washington, and Iowa; his father was in the military, a writer, and teacher. With the release of Gone So Long, Andre Dubus III is the author of seven books, including three New York Times best sellers. His novel House of Sand and Fog was a number one New York Times best seller, a fiction finalist for the National Book Award, and an Oprah’s Book Club Selection; it was adapted into an Academy-Award nominated motion picture starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly. His other books include the memoir Townie, the novella collection Dirty Love, the novel The Garden of Last Days, and others. He lives with his family north of Boston. His website is

In late 2018, Andre Dubus III came to New York City to celebrate the release of Gone So Long, his first novel in a decade. Cagibi editors had the pleasure of a conversation with him in the cozy, fire lit lobby of the Maritime Hotel.

Emily Flake for Cartoon


Emily Flake is a cartoonist, writer, illustrator, and performer living in Brooklyn. She is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker, and the author of the book That Was Awkward – The Art and Etiquette of the Awkward Hug. She is also author of a book of essays and cartoons about parenting called Mama Tried. She co-hosts a quarterly parenting-themed comedy show called Shitshow with NPR’s Ophira Eisenberg; and a monthly show called NIGHTMARES with comedian Kate Willett where they talk to funny people about their nightmares, every second Tuesday at the KGB Red Room in New York City. Her website is

Cagibi had the pleasure of conducting an earlier interview with Emily, as well as new cartoons and a short essay of her thoughts about process (and keeping your apartment clean).

Jill Bialosky for Nonfiction / Memoir

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Jill Bialosky‘s newest memoir is Poetry Will Save Your Life. She is the author of four acclaimed collections of poetry, most recently The Players; three critically acclaimed novels, most recently, The Prize, and a New York Times bestselling memoir History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life. Her poems and essays have appeared in The New YorkerThe Atlantic MonthlyHarper’sO MagazineThe Kenyon ReviewHarvard Review, and Paris Review among others. She co-edited with Helen Schulman the anthology, Wanting a Child. She is an Executive Editor and Vice President at W. W. Norton & Company. In 2014 she was honored by the Poetry Society of America for her distinguished contribution to poetry.

Nick Flynn for Poetry

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Poet and memoirist Nick Flynn has worked as a ship’s captain, an electrician, and as a case-worker with homeless adults. His book Stay is forthcoming in 2020. His most recent book is I Will Destroy You, a collection of poems. He is also the author of three memoirs, including Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award and was adapted to film as Being Flynn. Having written about his family in both poetry and prose, Flynn has said, “The way I write I don’t see much distinction between the two, although prose seems more suited to daylight, and poetry to night. I try to cook both down to something essential—by the end hopefully some balance between mystery and clarity remains.” His website is