2020 Hippocampus Magazine Contest for Creative Nonfiction Writers: $1,000 Grand Prize

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Hippocampus Magazine is giving away more than $1,250 in cash and prizes in November 2020 in our annual writing contest for creative nonfiction, Remember in November

Learn more about the contest and see past winners.

  • Memoir excerpts and personal essays accepted — there is no theme.
  • Word count 4,000 words max.
  • Submission MUST be free of your name in headers/footers, title page, and file name.
  • Enter between June 5 and Sept. 15, 2020 Aug. 22, 2020
  • $12 entry fee (supports prizes; $10.63 goes to Hippocampus after Submittable fee)

Go to Submittable to Enter

Deadline: Sept. 15, 2020

Full Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction Writers Rules

Submission Info

  • Enter between June 5 – Sept. 15, 2020
  • Up to 4,000 words, previously unpublished (no theme)
  • A$12* entry fee (supports prizes and future contributor fund)
  • Entries must be submitted through Submittable in the 2020 Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction category, and it must meet Hippocampus’ general submission guidelines.
  • All stories are considered for regular publication as well during this process.
  • 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.
  • Hippocampus staff members and their current students are not eligible to enter.

Selection Process

  • The Hippocampus reader panel and founding editor will select five to eight finalists from all submissions.
  • We begin reviewing contest submissions after deadline.
  • We will notify everyone of the status of their submission by the end of October.
  • Our TBA guest judge will select the winner from these finalists
  • Winner and all top finalist stories are published in the November 2020 issue.


  • Winning and finalist stories will be published in the November 2020 issue of Hippocampus Magazine.
  • All entries will automatically be considered for publication in other forthcoming issues; last year, we published several stories that made our contest short list!



  • $1,000 grand prize (1) + optional free registration to HippoCamp 2021
  • $250 runner-up (1)
  • $75 reader’s choice winner
  • Prizes are in USD. Winners must provide a mailing address or PayPal email address to receive their award. (A check or PayPal transfer are the only two methods of prize delivery.)
  • Prizes will be awarded by Feb. 1, 2021.
  • The HippoCamp 2021 registration is non-transferable; only the winner may receive the complimentary registration.
  • The Reader’s Choice Award winners will be announced in the December 2020 issue.


Go to Submittable to Enter

Good luck to all!

*Note: If you are unable to make the submission fee, email us about an available waiver thanks to Friends of Hippocampus Submission Fund. [send to info (at) hippocampusmagazine [dot]com]

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