Hippocampus Announces Guest Judges for Annual Contest for Creative Nonfiction; Lisicky, Pritchard Join Panel

Hippocampus Magazine is honored to welcome three guest judges to the 2013 Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction.

Our prolific panelists bring with them decades of collective literary and publishing experience spanning genres, projects and professions. Also, now in its third year, our contest continues the tradition of welcoming our previous year’s winner to the judging panel.

OK. We’ve left you in suspense enough. These three wordsmiths will select the grand prize, second and third-place winners from six contest finalists:

  • Paul Lisicky, memoirist, novelist and professor
  • Sara Pritchard, essayist, short story writer and professor
  • Janice Anderson, award-winning essayist


paul lisickyPaul Lisicky is the author of four books, including THE BURNING HOUSE and UNBUILT PROJECTS. His work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Fence, Ploughshares, Post Road, The Rumpus, Tin House, Unstuck, and elsewhere. He teaches in the MFA Program at Rutgers-Camden. A new memoir, THE NARROW DOOR, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press.


sara pritchard with hat and glassesSara Pritchard is the author of the novel-in-stories, CRACKPOTS, which won the Bakeless Prize for Fiction and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and the linked-story collection, LATELY. Her new story collection, HELP WANTED: FEMALE, was published by Etruscan Press in July 2013. Her stories and essays have been published in literary magazines including New Letters, Green Mountains Review, Northwest Review, Tusculum Review, Spittoon, and elsewhere. She teaches fiction and creative nonfiction in the Wilkes University Low-Residency Creative Writing Program and lives in Morgantown, W.V., with her husband, author Kevin Oderman, and their dogs, Fay and Figgy (aka, Brownie).


janice anderson with wide smileJanice Anderson began to write 2007, when a (relatively minor) indecent sexual assault upended her. That led her to journaling, and then craft courses, and then to the MFA program at Chatham University, where she graduated in May 2013. Her literary publications include inTravel Magazine, Familius and Hippocampus Magazine. Her essay, “How to Move in One Direction While Flying in Another” earned her the grand prize in the 2012 Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction, and it also was nominated for Pushcart Prize. A physician, Dr. Anderson has taught family medicine near Pittsburgh, Pa., since 1987. She also directs a free-standing birth center, The Midwife Center for Birth and Women’s Health, located in downtown Pittsburgh. In addition to women’s health, her interests include narrative medicine, knitting and enjoying time with her life partner, son and granddaughter.


The Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction, which will award $500+ in cash and prizes, is accepting works of creative nonfiction of up to 3,500 words until Sept. 27, 2013. Winning stories will be published in the November 2013 issue of Hippocampus. There is a $10 entry fee, which supports the prizes. The Hippocampus reading panel will narrow down the entries to six finalists; the guest judges take over from there.

To learn more about the contest and view submissions guidelines, visit our Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction page.

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