2016 Contest Open: The Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction has a $1,000 Grand Prize

2016 contest details 1000 prize deadline 9/23/2016 Hippocampus Magazine is giving away more than $1,200 in cash and prizes this November in our sixth annual creative writing contest, the Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction.




Now let’s get to some of those details.


  • $1,000 grand prize (1) – plus complimentary registration to HippoCamp 2017
  • $150 runner-up (1)
  • $25 honorable mention (3)


  • Kathleen Frazier
  • Jay Varner
  • Last year’s grand prize winner, Carol Smith


  • Enter between May 1 and Sept. 23, 2016.
  • Previously unpublished memoir excerpts and personal essays of up to 4,000 words are eligible.
  • A$12 entry fee supports the prizes. Submittable, our submission tool, retains a portion of this fee to cover its processing costs, and we thank them kindly for their service!)
  • Entries must be submitted through Submittable in the 2016 Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction Category, and it must meet the submission requirements outlined on the submission page, most importantly that your full name is not listed on the title page, headers/footers or in file name. Please read submission guidelines 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 2016 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 2016 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 entries will automatically be considered for publication in other forthcoming issues; last year, we published more than a dozen stories that made our contest short list!
  • 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, 2017.
  • The Reader’s Choice Award winner and Reader Participation Award winners will be announced in the December 2016 issue.


Good luck to all!


More about our judges:

Kathleen Frazier

Kathleen Frazier authorKathleen Frazier is an author, actress and sleep activist. She is a member of The Actors Studio and a Norman Mailer Fellow as well as being a member of Irish American Writers and Artists, the International Women’s Writing Guild, and Artists Without Walls. Five percent of the personal proceeds from her first book, SLEEPWALKER: The Mysterious Makings and Recovery of a Somnambulist (Skyhorse Press, 2015) will be donated to Creative Alternatives of New York (CANY), a nonprofit using drama therapy to empower people who have endured trauma to rebuild their lives. She advocates for mental health and to raise awareness of healthy sleep as a basic human right.

Kathleen’s first foray into writing grew from sense memory exercises at the Studio where she explored her chronic and often dangerous sleepwalking. Episodes began during adolescence when her brother first attempted suicide (a sort of nighttime mirroring of his waking pain) and haunted her for twenty years. The exhausting illness affected all of her relationships and every area of her life. Her personal essay on the subject appeared in Psychology Today. Kathleen lives and sleeps well with her husband and daughter in New York City.


Jay Varner

jay-varnerJay Varner is the author of Nothing Left to Burn (2010, Algonquin). His work has appeared in BOMB, Black Warrior Review, Oxford American, and many other places.

He teaches creative writing, rhetoric, and literature at James Madison University.




Carol Smith

carol_smithCarol Smith is a Seattle writer whose work led the anthology “The Best Creative Nonfiction” (W. W. Norton & Company, 2007). Her poetry and fiction has appeared, or is forthcoming, in the literary journals Signs of Life, Mississippi Review, Pooled Ink, The New Guard, and Oberon Poetry. She was selected as a finalist for the 2015 Prime Number Magazine Awards for Creative Nonfiction and for the 2015 Arts & Letters fiction prize.

Carol was the grand prize winner in Hippocampus Magazine’s 2015 Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction.
[post updated 8/1/2016 to include judge bios.]

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