Hippocampus Magazine, founded in 2010, is an exclusively online publication set out to entertain, educate and engage writers and readers of creative nonfiction. Each monthly issue features memoir excerpts, personal essays, reviews, interviews and craft articles. In 2015 it brought its mission to life with its inaugural creative nonfiction conference, HippoCamp, and, in 2016, launched its small press division.
[Note: We notated below that we are a for-profit, but that's just by legal terms. We aren't generating a profit (yet). But we are an LLC.]
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Hippocampus publishes creative nonfiction from emerging and established writers and actively engages with its audience.
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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
personal essay – a short narrative reflecting on a particular life experience or observation
flash creative nonfiction or a work of creative nonfiction in an experimental format
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 to be moved, we like pieces that stick with us.
If you’ve submitted before, skip ahead to the “Submit” page; others, please read our guidelines, below, carefully.
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 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 and no more than 800 words for flash creative nonfiction pieces.
Submissions should be in Times New Roman or Arial (or similar), 12 pt. font. (No courier, please.)
Submissions should be double-spaced.
Submission pages should be numbered.
Submissions should NOT include your name or other identifying information.
(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, as 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.)
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. If you are interested in submitting more than one piece to us, please wait until you receive a decision on one before submitting another.
Submissions not following the above guidelines will most often result in automatic decline.
We accept simultaneous submissions. Use Submittable’s “withdraw” feature to make us aware if another magazine accepts your publication.
Hippocampus Magazine prefers previously unpublished work, but will entertain submissions that have appeared only in print. Please let us know if work was previously published elsewhere, and if we are required to notate that in our publication. (Ex: “This essay first appeared in XYZ Journal”)