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Please read our full submission guidelines, here, before submitting.


What We Accept

Hippocampus Magazine enthusiastically considers unsolicited, previously  unpublished creative nonfiction submissions in the following categories:

  • personal essay/memoir excerpt – a short narrative reflecting on a particular life experience or observations; for an excerpt of a book-length work, be sure the chapter/section can stand on its own. -- 4,000 words max
  • flash creative nonfiction – 800 words max
  • For our small press (Books by Hippocampus) submission guidelines, visit our Books by Hippocampus page (open through Dec. 15)

NOTE: Our articles section (review, interviews, etc.) is by assignment only and handled by our section editors


Dates & Deadlines

  • We're open for magazine submissions March through December; we close for submissions during January and February. 
  • We're open to book queries through Dec. 15.
  • We're open for conference proposals through Dec. 22.


Please read our full submission guidelines, here, before submitting. 

Our anthology series, The Way Things Were, reflects on the things we miss. The good ol' days (or not). Our first title, Air, celebrate pre-digital radio. Book two, Dine, focuses on diners. Main (focusing on mom and pop shops) and Ink (focusing on local newspapers) are forthcoming 2020.

We're now looking for essays to include in our 2021 titles:


We're looking for (true) road trip stories of up to 5,000 words for this essay collection. While Route 66 and other now desolate U.S. highways immediately come to mind when thinking of road trips, we are certainly interested in stories from around the globe. What we are most looking for are stories with strong characters and an arc that take place in a mobile setting. (read full description here)


For this essay collection, we're looking for stories of all kinds that are set in or revolve around a corner bar/dive bar (or small pub or tavern). Like for the ROAD collection, we're seeking stories up to 5,000 words with strong characters and and arc. We're open to stories that explore aspects of these establishments: we know it was not always fun and games. (read full description here)

General Information

  • Contributors will receive a $50 honorarium and two contributor copies. 
  • Previously published essays and book excerpts are OK. 
  • Hybrid and experimental creative nonfiction welcome.

DEADLINE: June 15, 2020

Get full details about these collections at this blog post. 

This category is to give select submitters the chance to resubmit a piece we declined in its current iteration, but one that we read with interest and on which we provided suggestions for reworking. This is a separate category as to not charge a submission fee for the same piece the second time around.

Submitters: Please include your original title (in case you changed that) and date of your first submission in your cover letter; this will help us keep track of its progress.

Note: Submitting a revision does not guarantee acceptance; it is vetted just the same.

If you use this category and were not invited to re-submit, your submission will be declined.

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