Contest: The Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction 2012

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A portion of entry fees will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association during National Alzheimer's Awareness Disease Month in November 2012. (Image used with permission from organization.)

Hippocampus Magazine is giving away more than $400 in cash prizes this November—and raising awareness for National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in the second Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction. We’re seeking personal essays and memoir excerpts to be considered for this special issue.




Contest Details and Rules

  • Enter between May 15 and September 15, 2012.
  • Memoir excerpts and personal essays of up to 3,500 words eligible.
  • $10 entry fee ($1 for each entry will be donated to Alzheimer’s Association.)
  • The Hippocampus reader panel will select six finalists from all submitted essays and memoir excerpts.
  • A panel of special guest judges will select the winners from these six finalists.
  • Winning stories will be published in the November 2012 issue of Hippocampus Magazine.
  • During the month of November, the Most Memorable contest will double as The Remember in November Reader’s Choice prize—the readers of Hippocampus will also have a chance to make their case for which of the six finalists should win!


  • $150 grand prize (1)
  • $75 runner-up (1)
  • $50 third place (1)
  • $10 honorable mention (3)
  • $50 reader’s choice winner (doubles as the most memorable designation of the month)
  • $5 reader participation prize (10)

Rules and Entry Information

  • There is a $10 entry fee. This entry fee supports the prizes. And $1.00 for every entry will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association. Submittable, our submission tool, uses PayPal to accept and process payments; however, you do not need to have a PayPal account in order to enter; you can use any accepted payment method. (Submittable also keeps a portion of this fee {$1.31} to cover its processing costs, and we thank them kindly for their service!)
  • Entries must be submitted through Submittable in the Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction Category and meet the submission requirements outlined on the submission page.
  • If you would like to enter an already-submitted story to this contest, you may withdraw your current submission and resubmit to Hippocampus under the Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction category.
  • Participants may enter the contest as many times as they wish. Also, participants can win more than one prize as we have a blind reading process.
  • Regular submissions in the usual Hippocampus Magazine categories will continue to be accepted for consideration in other forthcoming issues during the contest period.
  • All non-winning entries may be considered for publication in other forthcoming issues.
  • Prizes are in USD. Winners must provide mailing address or PayPal email address to receive prize. (A check or PayPal transfer are the only two methods of prize delivery.) Prizes will be awarded by December 31, 2012.
  • The Reader’s Choice Award follows the same rules for our Most Memorable contest.
  • The reader participation awards are randomly selected from readers who have commented on stories during the month of November or shared a link to a story on Twitter using the @hippocampusmag username or #hippocampusmag hashtag. (The mention or hashtag is necessary so we can track participation.)
  • The Reader’s Choice Award winner and Reader Participation Award winners will be announced in the December 2012 issue.
  • Donation will be made to the Alzheimer’s Association on behalf of Hippocampus Magazine in December 2012. The donation will include the names of all participants in the contest, unless otherwise specified during the submission process.


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