Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction Writers

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Note: The Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction Writers ran from 2011 to 2020. This page serves as an archive for this contest.

Each year from 2011 to 2020, Hippocampus Magazine held its Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction. In those years, we awarded more than $6,500 in cash prizes to winners and finalists, and have seen these talented writers go on to publish more essays and even books, as well as earn award nominations/wins.

Beginning in 2016, we’ve invited the winner to attend (and read at) our annual writing conference, HippoCamp; and we were delighted to hear Carol Smith (2015) and Dina Honour (2016) bring their essays to life in front of a live audience of CNF fans the summer after their essay appeared.

We’re also grateful for the time spent by our special guest judges, which have included Beverly Donofrio, Kaylie Jones, Paul Lisicky, J. Michael Lennon, Laurie Jean Cannady, and Krystal Sital. In 2012-2017, the previous grand prize winner has also served on the panel.

Our contest has grown over the years both in number of submissions and in grand prize amount, and readership of the contest issue has also grown by leaps and bounds. The contest entry fee supports the prizes and magazine contributor payment fund.

Each year, we open for submissions in the spring, spend much of the summer reviewing them before turning our top picks over to that year’s guest judging panel. Then we share finalist and winning stories in the November issue.

Hippocampus Contest Winners Through the Years

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The story image from the 2017 contest winner, Helix. Photo by Barbara L. Hanson, Flickr Creative Commons.

The link will take you to the winning story.

Remember in November Contest Results/Judges Through the Years

The link will take you to the contest results blog post.

If you’re not already on our email list, signing up means you’ll get a reminder by email about calls for submissions. [Sign up here.]

Congrats to all of our finalists and winners from throughout the years!


*About the contest name: In 2011, the name idea began as a nod to Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, which happens to fall in November, a month that also rhymes with “remember.”