2016 Nonfiction Contest Judges Announced

We’re pleased to announce the guest judges in the 2016 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. 23, 2016 ($12 entry fee.)

Get more details about the contest.


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.

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