Hippocampus Magazine 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.

Our 3-Fold Mission

  • Entertain provide fresh, enjoyable creative nonfiction from emerging and established writers
  • Educate help writers improve their craft, and recommend further reading related to the genre
  • Engage encourage conversation between reader and writer on site and beyond


 Our Sections

  • Creative Nonfiction – each month we publish 8-10 new CNF pieces: essays or memoir excerpts from established and emerging writers.
  • The Writing Life – rotating contributing writers and guest columnists share their thoughts and personal experiences on the writing life–what it means to be a writer today.
  • Craft – rotating contributing writers share practical suggestions and tips of the trade, whether it is an article about inspiration, the craft itself, and other issues related to the writing process.
  • Reviews – each month we usually feature two reviews of recently (within the year) published works of creative nonfiction, including craft books, memoirs and essay collections. We have a group of a dozen reviewers that crave CNF.
  • Interviews – each month or so, our interviews editor or a guest columnist does a Q&A with a professional in the creative nonfiction realm. We’ve talked to authors, publishers, editors, agents and educators. Notable interviews include Cheryl Strayed, Austin Kleon, and Jon Elder Robinson.


Our Approach

To ensure the integrity of the content, all unsolicited creative submissions to Hippocampus Magazine are read blindly by a few dozen members of our reading panel, a colorful crew of literary folks: freelance writers, published authors, teachers, scholars, avid readers, editors, poets, playwrights, journalists and others with a vested interest in creative nonfiction.While the bulk of our magazine contains unsolicited work, editors may also occasionally solicit materials from previously published authors.

This publication is a labor of love. (We know. That’s kind of cliche in the literary magazine circuit.) The editorial staff and panel of readers consists of gracious volunteers. Most have full-time jobs. Many are also working tirelessly on their own creative efforts. It is very important to note that members of our volunteer reading panel are not excluded from submitting material. Those pieces go through the same reading process; however, they do not read their own submissions. (We wanted to be transparent about that!)

Because we do not charge for our publication, a $3-per-submission fee (implemented in June 2014) helps support the administrative costs of running online magazine (hosting, professional memberships, ads, writer incentives, etc.). The rest is funded, personally, by the publisher.

Our Support and Pride for Hippocampus Writers

We nominate our stories, annually, for prestigious awards and other literary honors such as the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net and Best American Essays.

Our History

Interested in learning more about us? See our history and Hippocampus Magazine milestones here.