2013 Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction

Hippocampus Magazine is giving away more than $500 in cash and prizes this November in our third consecutive Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction. Please note: There is no theme for this issue; just send us your best creative nonfiction!


  • $400 grand prize
  • $75 runner-up
  • $10 honorable mention (4)
  • $25 reader’s choice winner
  • Reader Participation prizes – various

Contest Details and Rules

  • Enter between August 5 and September 27, 2013.
  • Previously unpublished memoir excerpts and personal essays of up to 3,500 words are eligible.
  • There is $10 entry fee, which supports the prizes. Submittable, our submission tool, uses PayPal to accept and process payments; however, you do not need to have a PayPal account in order to enter. (Submittable retains a portion of this fee {$1.31} to cover its processing costs, and we thank them kindly for their service!)
  • Entries must be submitted through Submittable in the Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction Category and must meet the submission requirements outlined on the submission page. Please read submission guidelines very carefully before submitting to us, or to any paid contest.
  • If you presently have a story under consideration at Hippocampus, and would like to enter it into the contest instead, you may withdraw your current submission through Submittable and resubmit to Hippocampus under the Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction category.
  • Participants may enter the contest as many times as they wish. Also, participants can win more than one prize as we have a blind reading process.
  • Regular submissions in the usual Hippocampus Magazine categories will be on hold during this time to reduce volume and allow us to focus on contest entries.
  • The Hippocampus reader panel will select five finalists from all submissions.
  • A panel of special guest judges will select the winners from these finalists.
  • Winning stories will be published in the November 2013 issue of Hippocampus Magazine.
  • During the month of November, the Most Memorable contest will double as The Remember in November Reader’s Choice prize—the readers of Hippocampus will also have a chance to make their case for which of the five finalists should win!
  • All non-winning entries may be considered for publication in other forthcoming issues.
  • Prizes are in USD. Winners must provide mailing address or PayPal email address to receive prize. (A check or PayPal transfer are the only two methods of prize delivery.) Prizes will be awarded by January 30, 2014.
  • The Reader’s Choice Award follows the same rules for our Most Memorable contest.
  • The Reader’s Choice Award winner and Reader Participation Award winners will be announced in the December 2013 issue.



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