We’re pleased to announce the guest judges in the 2015 Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction, which will award a grand prize of $1,000. As is tradition, our most recent winner is part of the panel. The Hippocampus Magazine staff will narrow down all submissions to five finalists; from there, the guest judges take over. The submission deadline is Sept. 30, 2015 ($12 entry fee.)
Meet our Judges
Amy Jo Burns
Amy Jo Burns is the author of Cinderland, and her writing has appeared in The Butter, Dame, Good Housekeeping, The Rumpus, and Salon. She currently writes for Ploughshares.
J. Michael Lennon
Returning judge J. 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.
Jennifer Alise Drew
Jennifer Alise Drew was the winner of the 2014 Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction; her essay, “Lessons in Sign,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Other essays have appeared in The Iowa Review, The Chattahoochee Review, and LUMINA journal, and garnered a 2015 “promise” grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation. She is the long-standing prose editor for AGNI magazine, and also worked with The Huffington Post, Simon & Schuster, Houghton Mifflin, Grove/Atlantic, Aperture, and Open City Books, among others. A friend and editor to Hunter S. Thompson, spanning two books and the last four years of his life, she continues to work with writers through WordCraft LA.