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

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What we publish in Hippocampus Magazine

 

During our submission period – March through December – we accept the following:

Reviews, interviews, craft articles, and writing life articles by invitation.

What are we looking for in submissions?

True tales from your life. Honesty that possesses both the situation AND the story. Intensely personal experiences that reflect universal truths about what it means to be human. Firsthand accounts from the full spectrum of humanity – folx from the LGBTQIA+ community, Black writers, Indigenous writers, and writers of Color, differently abled writers, writers of all genders, backgrounds, experiences, lifestyles, and identities.


What we publish elsewhere:


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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 Aug. 1 through Dec. 15.


Reminder

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

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 or memoir excerpt.  
 

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 judgment.)


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.
 

Flash CNF submissions should be:

  • No more than 800 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 judgment.)


Hippocampus Magazine and Press LLC is looking for book-length works for its small press division, Books by Hippocampus. 


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/researched memoir - (query + first three chapters OR proposal, as we'll entertain strongly developed ideas that may not yet be completed projects)
  • Craft of writing books (proposal)


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

Please note the selection process is competitive; during our early years, we'll have the capacity to publish two to three titles per year. 


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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