Cagibi accepts and reads submissions year round through our submissions manager, provided by Submittable. This is for our journal issues, and also for the Macaron Prize. There you will see guidelines specific to each category. Other general guidelines and answers to common questions are provided here, such as the policy for simultaneous submissions (please do!), how to withdraw, and rights and payment.
We encourage simultaneous submissions. If your work is accepted elsewhere (awesome!), please withdraw your Cagibi submission from within Submittable. Do not email the editors to withdraw part or all of your submission; instead, withdraw in Submittable. For partial withdrawals, such as for one of multiple poems, add a message to your submission. To add a message, log in to Submittable, click on your submission, and you will see there a box to leave us a message. For more detailed instruction on how to do that within Submittable, scroll down to the bottom of this page.
Cagibi does not consider work which has previously appeared in print or online.
When you can expect to hear back: Because Cagibi is open year-round for submissions, our editors are reading nonstop. Every submission is read by our editors and carefully considered. Though we aim for sooner, a decision should be made within six months. If you haven’t heard within six months, it simply means that your submission is still under consideration. For the amount of submissions we receive, we are a small team of editors. We thank you for your patience.
You can sign up for our newsletter without submitting. When you submit to Cagibi, you’re also signing up for our newsletter. We will never give out your e-mail to anyone else.
Print Issues: the Omnibus! Anthology
Works published in Cagibi’s online issues are eligible for publication in an annual print anthology. Each year, a guest editor curates the anthology. Jonathan Galassi is the inaugural 2019 Omnibus! Anthology guest editor, selecting works from the previous year’s issues. (Read his Cagibi interview: “Jonathan Galassi // The Cagibi Express Interview.”) For 2019, the anthology and Macaron Prize winners appear together in a special print issue. (See “Cagibi 2019: The Print Issue.”) Contributors whose works are selected for reprinting in the anthology will receive one complimentary copy as compensation.
Works in Translation
The editors welcome English translations from any language of both prose and poetry. Before submitting translations of works that are not in the public domain, translators should identify the rights holder and obtain a statement that the rights to publish an English translation are available. Include the original text if possible, as well as a short biography of the writer, a short biography of the translator, and a statement or concise paragraph introducing the work. If there are extenuating circumstances that prevent you from including a copy of the original text at the time of your submission, please note that in the cover letter.
Cagibi acquires first serial publication rights of accepted work. Copyright is asserted on behalf of the author, and all reprint rights revert to the author upon publication. We ask that if your piece is published in an anthology or collection, you indicate that it was first published in Cagibi.
In the case of a work’s selection for the annual print anthology: The author grants non-exclusive anthology rights to reprint, in electronic and hardcopy forms, the original work first published here.
At this time, Cagibi can not provide payment to its contributors. If the year’s fundraising goals for this purpose are met, a payment will be sent to each of the year’s contributors.
To Withdraw a Poem, or Only Part of Your Submission
If you need to withdraw individual poems from consideration, first log into Submittable and go to your Submissions queue. Find your submission to Cagibi in your list, and click on the title of your submission. When you do, it opens up the submission’s detail page, and the “Activity” tab is the default tab: the top field has “Add message…” in it, and a big SEND button. In that field, leave a note detailing which poem(s) should be withdrawn. Be assured that our editors will see your note when you hit SEND.
To Withdraw All of Your Poems, All of Your Submission
There is also the Withdraw function – which is a “Withdraw” link you can find within Submittable either on your Submissions queue or on a submission’s detail page – but this is for withdrawing the whole of your submission from consideration. Please only use the “Withdraw” function if you intend to remove all poems, or your entire submission, from consideration.