2014 Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction Open: $500 Grand Prize

Hippocampus Magazine is giving away more than $700 in cash and prizes this November in our fourth consecutive Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction. Please note: There is no theme for this issue; just send us your best creative nonfiction!


ad for remember in november contest 2014 deadline auf 15Prizes

  • $500 grand prize (1)
  • $100 runner-up (1)
  • $25 honorable mention (3)
  • $25 reader’s choice winner (1)
  • Reader Participation prizes – various


  • J. Michael Lennon
  • Dinah Lenney
  • Dorothy Brooks (last year’s winner)

j michael lennon headhostJ. Michael Lennon is the late Norman Mailer’s archivist and authorized biographer. He has written/edited several books about him, including Norman Mailer: A Double Life (2013), the official biography published by Simon and Schuster. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, Mailer Review, James Jones Literary Society Journal, Playboy, Creative Nonfiction, New York, Modern Fiction Studies, Modern Language Studies, Chicago Tribune, Narrative and Journal of Modern Literature, among others. He co-authored with Mailer On God: An Uncommon Conversation (2007). Michael is emeritus vice president for academic affairs and emeritus professor of English at Wilkes University. He continues to teach in the Wilkes MFA program and The Mailer Colony, and serves on the advisory boards of both. He is a past president and current board member of The Norman Mailer Society and The James Jones Literary Society.

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dinah lenneyDinah Lenney is the author of Bigger Than Life: A Murder, a Memoir, and co-authored Acting for Young Actors. Her essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, AGNI, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Ploughshares, the Harvard Review, the Rumpus, as well as other journals and anthologies, and she serves as the creative nonfiction editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books. Dinah teaches in the Bennington Writing Seminars, the Rainier Writing Workshop, and in the Master of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California. Her new book, The Object Parade, was recently published by Counterpoint Press.

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dorothy-brooksWe’re happy to welcome Dorothy Brooks to this year’s panel. Her collection of vignettes, “Laughing in Navajo: My Journey to the Rez” won the 2013 contest and also was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Other excerpts of Dorothy Brooks’ book about her experience teaching on a Navajo reservation have appeared in Weber: The Contemporary West. Finishing Line Press published her chapbook, Swamp Baby, in 2012. Her poems have appeared in Persimmon Tree, Washington Square Review, Eleventh Muse, Border Crossing, Temenos, Blast Furnace, Driftwood, Rockhurst Review, Garfield Lake Review, Enizagam, Tall Grass Press’ Deep Waters, 200 New Mexico (Centennial) Poems, among others.

Contest Details and Rules

  • Enter between July 1 and August 31, 2014. August 15, 2014. (edited on July 17 to extend deadline.)
  • Previously unpublished memoir excerpts and personal essays of up to 3,500 words are eligible.
  • A$10 entry fee 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 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.
  • The Hippocampus reader panel and founding editor 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 2014 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 31, 2015.
  • 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 2014 issue.


(Post edited to add judging information on July 17, 2014)

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