The Cagibi Macaron Prize 2020

’s annual Macaron Prize in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—and this year introducing a cartoon category. 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. Prize winners receive $1000, plus publication. Winners and finalists will be published in a Macaron Prize 2020 print issue, with the launch of this issue celebrated at an event in New York City. To enter the contest, read the submission guidelines. Read more about the judges below.

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2020 Macaron Prize judges:

Andre Dubus III for Fiction

Andre Dubus III landscapeAndre 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 andredubus.com.

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.

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Emily Flake for Cartoon

EmilyFlake-1486w.jpgEmily 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 emilyflake.com.

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).

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Jill Bialosky for Nonfiction / Memoir

jill bialosky landscape photo.jpegJill 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.

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Nick Flynn for Poetry

nick flynn 1Poet 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 nickflynn.org.

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