Hippocampus Magazine Submissions Update: Fall 2022 Reading Period Opens Oct. 15

Hello from Hippocampus Magazine! We’re sharing a quick update about a change to our next reading period, which was originally set to open September 1, 2022:

Hippocampus Magazine will reopen for creative nonfiction submissions (essay/flash CNF) October 15, 2022, and will accept submissions through Jan. 15, 2023.

hippocampus magazine submissions update - reopen oct. 15 2022 - with watercolor in background

This extra six weeks will give our reading teams a little extra time to work through the existing queue, restructure their reading processes, and get ahead before we re-open. This will also allow us to set better expectations moving forward.

As you may know, we state in our guidelines that we typically review work within 3-4 months, but keeping that promise has been tougher lately, even though it’s for good reason! We are IMMENSELY lucky to have so many wonderful creative nonfiction writers who want to publish their work with us, but keeping on top of it all — especially with a 100% volunteer team — ain’t no small potatoes. So, a few major takeaways.

  • If you’re excited to submit an essay or flash piece to us, mark your calendar for October 15. We can’t wait to see it!
  • If you want to help us diversify the work we accept, read through Hippocampus Magazine submissions faster, and be more responsive to the needs of folks who are submitting to us, volunteer to read with us! Express your interest through this contact form, which we’ll forward to associate editor Rae Pagliarulo. Let us know if you have a preference between reading full-length essays vs. flash!

Thank you for trusting us with your writing. We take our role as an online lit mag VERY seriously and are honored to elevate and celebrate your amazing work!

>>See full Hippocampus Magazine submissions guidelines here.

  1 comment for “Hippocampus Magazine Submissions Update: Fall 2022 Reading Period Opens Oct. 15

  1. today is December 23rd. according to your “when can you submit” there is a fee-free submission period from 12/21/2022 to 12/31/2022. I have tried every day so far, but Submittable still still demands $3.00. this is not about the money. This is about accuracy and being able to rely on posted information about a submission call. Can you please let me know how to access the free submission. There is a world of difference between pay to play and venues just welcoming written works. I await your instructions on accessing the fee-free option.

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