Hi there!

Thank you for your interest in Hippocampus Magazine! Please refer to the full guidelines at our website BEFORE submitting work to our online journal.

[Book query guidelines listed within that category, below.]

Thank you and best of luck!


Abbreviated Guidelines:

These guidelines were updated on August 15, 2016. Please read them carefully before submitting.

Hippocampus Magazine enthusiastically accepts unsolicited submissions in the following categories:

  • memoir excerpt – a self-contained portion (chapter or selection) of a larger, book-length work - 4,000 words max
  • personal essay – a short narrative reflecting on a particular life experience or observation - 4,000 words max
  • flash creative nonfiction - 800 words max
  • (For our small press submission guidelines, visit our Books page.)

Please read our current and past issues to familiarize yourself with our publication. We can tell you this: we like quirky, we like edgy, we like witty, we like smart, we like diverse voices and pieces that take us to new places, we like to be moved, and, most of all, we like pieces that stick with us.

Guidelines: Word Count, Formatting and Submission Information

Please note: submissions not following our guidelines, below, will be automatically declined. Our blind reading process is important to us, and names on manuscripts/in filenames is the most overlooked rule. Please take care in your submissions to us and all literary journals. 

Submissions should be:

  • no more than 4,000 words in the memoir and essay category
  • no more than 800 words for flash creative nonfiction pieces
  • in Times New Roman or Arial (or similar), 12 pt. font. (No courier, please.)
  • double-spaced
  • page-numbered
  • free of your name or other identifying/contact information in the manuscript, header, and filename.
    • (Clarification: From time to time we get questions when a submitter's name is important to the story. We completely understand! This is bound to happen since, after all, we publish creative nonfiction where you, the writer, are likely central to the story. Please use your judgement regarding your name appearing within the story, but PLEASE DO NOT include your name or contact information in the file name, header/footer or title page.)

Other Information:

  • Do not send us multiple submissions.
    • Hippocampus will only accept one submission at a time from an author; we will automatically decline any additional submissions. The exception is during contest or theme issue calls.
    • If you are interested in submitting more than one piece to us, please wait until you receive a decision on one before submitting another.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions.
    • Use Submittable’s “withdraw” feature to make us aware if another magazine accepts your publication.
  • Effective August 15, 2016, Hippocampus Magazine will only accept unpublished work.
  • If we accept your story, you will receive notification via Submittable's email system, so be sure you are set up to receive those notifications and periodically check your spam or promotion (or other filtered stories.)
  • If we accept your story, you must respond to us with your intentions within 30 days; we'll send one reminder email.

Hello, creative nonfiction friend! Below, you will find our abbreviated essay submission guidelines; Please read full guidelines on our website first if you have not done so already. Otherwise, please fill out the brief form, including checking off if your piece is an essay, memoir excerpt, or flash. 

Essay submissions should be:

  • No more than 4,000 words
  • Double-spaced, with pages numbered
  • Free of your name in header/footer, title page and file name. (We do realize that in creative nonfiction, your name might be necessary within the content. Please use your judgement.)
Submissions not following the above guidelines may result in automatic decline, without explanation of reason.

Abbreviated Guidelines:

These guidelines were updated on Jan. 7, 2017. Please read them carefully before submitting.

Hippocampus Magazine enthusiastically accepts unsolicited submissions in the following categories:

  • memoir excerpt – a self-contained portion (chapter or selection) of a larger, book-length work - 4,000 words max
  • personal essay – a short narrative reflecting on a particular life experience or observation - 4,000 words max
  • flash creative nonfiction - 800 words max
  • (For our small press submission guidelines, visit our Books page.)

Please read our current and past issues to familiarize yourself with our publication. We can tell you this: we like quirky, we like edgy, we like witty, we like smart, we like diverse voices and pieces that take us to new places, we like to be moved, and, most of all, we like pieces that stick with us.

Guidelines: Word Count, Formatting and Submission Information

Please note: submissions not following our guidelines, below, will be automatically declined. Our blind reading process is important to us, and names on manuscripts/in filenames is the most overlooked rule. Please take care in your submissions to us and all literary journals. 

Submissions should be:

  • no more than 4,000 words in the memoir and essay category
  • no more than 800 words for flash creative nonfiction pieces
  • in Times New Roman or Arial (or similar), 12 pt. font. (No courier, please.)
  • double-spaced
  • page-numbered
  • free of your name or other identifying/contact information in the manuscript, header, and filename.
    • (Clarification: From time to time we get questions when a submitter's name is important to the story. We completely understand! This is bound to happen since, after all, we publish creative nonfiction where you, the writer, are likely central to the story. Please use your judgement regarding your name appearing within the story, but PLEASE DO NOT include your name or contact information in the file name, header/footer or title page.)

Other Information:

  • Do not send us multiple submissions.
    • Hippocampus will only accept one submission to our magazine at a time from an author; we will automatically decline any additional submissions. The exception is during contest or theme issue calls.
    • If you are interested in submitting more than one piece to us, please wait until you receive a decision on one before submitting another.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions.
    • Use Submittable’s “withdraw” feature to make us aware if another magazine accepts your publication.
  • Effective August 15, 2016, Hippocampus Magazine will only accept unpublished work.
  • If we accept your story, you will receive notification via Submittable's email system, so be sure you are set up to receive those notifications and periodically check your spam or promotion (or other filtered stories.)
  • If we accept your story, you must respond to us with your intentions within 30 days; we'll send one reminder email.
COMPENSATION
If your story is selected for publication, you will receive a $45 honorarium; this will be issued via PayPal or Venmo within 60 days of the date of publication.
Hippocampus Magazine is looking for submissions of up to 4,000 words for its annual theme issue; this year, it’s Stranger(s).

We were taught not to talk to them, perhaps advice given with the best of intentions. But there’s more to those we don’t know.

  • Sometimes, we learn valuable lessons from people whose names we’ll never know.
  • Sometimes, people we’re closest to drift away. Or we drift away from them.
  • Sometimes, we reunite with someone we haven’t seen in what feels like a lifetime.
  • Sometimes, our discomfort with the unknown is the motivation we need to change.
  • Sometimes, people-watching is the best fodder.
  • Sometimes, we feel like a stranger in a strange land.
  • Sometimes, a stranger becomes a friend, a lover, a mentor.
  • Always, it seems, fact is stranger than fiction.

 

We invite you to send your best creative nonfiction piece – and your best interpretation of the “Stranger(s)” theme—to us for consideration for our July 2017 issue.

Please see full guidelines at our website before submitting.

Deadline: March 15, 2017






We'd like to make a request...

Hippocampus Magazine and Press is requesting true stories inspired by the heyday of radio* for its forthcoming anthology, Air.

We’re looking for behind-the-scene stories about small town radio stations. We’re seeking personal stories about die-hard radio fans. We want to hear from (current/former) jocks, from program directors, from engineers, from the sales team, from ancillary characters like record reps and concert promoters—tales from every corner of the radio station and from everyone radio ever reached.

We want Air to be filled with a variety of eras, settings, themes, and voices—we want funny, we want heartfelt, we want adventurous—we’ll consider stories of all kinds, but stories must be true and contributors must be willing to use their real names (identifying detail of other characters can be changed).

We're looking for stories with compelling characters and a strong sense of place, stories with action and a clear narrative arc -- but please don't be discouraged from submitting if you've never written an essay before. We'll help your story shine should it be selected for publication.

We are NOT looking for academic essays about the history or impact of radio.

Air, a celebration of decades of broadcast radio, is slated for an early 2018 release.

More details:

  • Deadline: April 15, 2017
  • Word count limit: 6,500 words
  • Compensation: $50 + 2 contributor copies upon publication; special pricing on additional copies

* When we say heyday of radio, we’re mostly referring to the pre-digital age. We'd love stories leading up to the early 2000s... before voice-tracking became a thing.



Hippocampus Magazine and Press LLC is looking for its first few book-length works for its small press division.

We're looking for work in the following categories (and, in parentheses, is what to submit for consideration):
  • Memoirs (query + first three chapters)
  • Essay collections (query + three essays)
  • Literary journalism - (query + first three chapters OR proposal, as we'll entertain strongly developed ideas that may not yet be completed projects)
  • Creativity books (proposal)
  • Craft books (proposal)

We'll respond to all queries/proposals within 90 days. Thank you for your interest.

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.


Hippocampus Magazine is awarding two scholarships to HippoCamp 2017.

For this scholarship competition, we’ll consider quality of writing and financial need, so we’re looking for a writing sample and some additional information.

Essay theme: Lessons Learned – up to 500 words

Hippocampus Magazine’s three-fold mission is to entertain, educate, and engage readers and writers of creative nonfiction. Our annual conference fulfills all three aspects of our mission, but especially the educate part. For this essay contest, we’d like to hear about a writing lesson that had a profound impact on you. It can be straightforward, such as a teacher or book that inspired you, or it can be more abstract.

Along with your essay submission, aside from the basic biographical information, there are also two required open-ended responses as part of the application form; you’ll have 200 words max for each section:

1)      How would you benefit from attending a professional development conference for writers, such as HippoCamp? Please be specific, focusing in on this time in your life, at this stage in your career, about what you hope to gain, where you hope to go from here.

2)      Please explain how and why you need this scholarship; for example, from a financial perspective, how would this prize help you participate in an event that you might not otherwise get to attend?

Deadline:

Submit by March 31

Judging:

A panel of HippoCamp 2017 committee members will read all entries, and decisions will be based on the quality of writing and financial need.

Prizes:

·         Grand Prize Award (2): Complimentary full conference registration to HippoCamp 2017 ($419 value) and the pre-conference workshop for your choice ($50); plus, a $150 travel stipend.

·         Two runner-ups will receive a partial scholarship ($200) toward the conference registration.

·         The winning essay, as well as runner-ups, may appear as a Writing Life column in a future issue of Hippocampus Magazine.

Rules and Eligibility:

·         The grand prize is for conference registration and a $150 travel stipend only, and it does not include hotel accommodations; please take that into consideration before you enter, as we want to be sure the winner is able to attend; hotel and travel information is located on the conference website under “Location & Lodging.”

·         Winner must accept prize by April 30, otherwise it will be forfeited and will be offered to the first runner-up.

·         Attendees who already have registered for the conference may still enter the essay contest; if someone already registered should win the grand prize or runner-up prize, their conference registration will be refunded (minus the EventBrite or credit card processing fee, for which our organization has already paid.)

·         Hippocampus Magazine and HippoCamp staff and volunteers, their relatives, spouses and current mentees/students, are not eligible to win.

·         Note that travel stipend will be issued prior to the conference on the honor system; if for some reason recipient does not/cannot attend; it will be expected that the award is returned.

TIP: We highly recommend working on this application in a Word document, outside of this form, so you can spend time on the essay and questions and save your work, rather than work directly with this form. Then, you can return to this form and paste in your answers. This also is a great way to ensure your responses are the right word count.