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.

CREATIVE NONFICTION CONTEST DEADLINE & DETAILS
  • 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  • Up to 4,000 words, previously unpublished (no theme)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.

Publication

  • 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!

 

Prizes

  • $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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