Helen: A Literary Magazine focuses on expanding the perspective of the city of Las Vegas and greater Southern Nevada area, as well as giving a special spotlight to diverse local talent and those with a connection to the region. Published biannually with nontraditional printing and digital online content, Helen features work from both emerging and established writers and artists across the globe.
Please wait one year to resubmit after we have published your work. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please don't send multiple submissions in the same category.
We are closed for submissions for our web issues. We will reopen on January 1, 2017.
In the meantime, we are actively accepting haiku, staff applications, blog post submissions, and submissions for our Friday Night Specials.
Submitters may include up to three submissions per entry fee. They can be mixed categories, but please do let us know in your cover letter.
Get inspired and submit!
Deadline: December 31, 2016
There is no entry fee and the cash prize is $25. Winning entry will be published on our website and all submissions will be considered for publication in our issues as well as Friday Night Specials.
Current visual prompt can be viewed here.
Winner will be announced on January 15, 2017.
Our visual prompt contest with the Neon Museum allows local writers and poets to submit flash fiction, essays, and poems inspired by three visual images. Submissions do not have to include mentioning of all images, but ones that do will be given higher priority.
Submitters may include up to three submissions per entry. They can be mixed categories, but please do let us know in your cover letter.
Contest will be judged by the staff of Helen: A Literary Magazine, Brett Salsbury of the Neon Museum, and Heather Lang of Petite Hound Press and The Literary Review.
Get inspired and submit!
Deadline: October 31, 2016
There is no entry fee. The cash prize is $25 plus a Neon Museum gift bag & tickets and a goodie bag courtesy of The Writer’s Block. The winning entry will be published on our website and all submissions will be considered for publication in our issues as well as Friday Night Specials.
The Neon Museum visual prompt can be viewed here.
Winner will be announced by November 15, 2016
The proceeds of the $5 entry fee will be split between Helen: A Literary Magazine and The Friends of the Fort.
Winner of the contest will receive $100 cash prize and publication on our website. Only those who enter the contest and are Clark Country residents will be considered.
All entries will be considered for publication on our Friday Night Specials series as well as our web issues. Poems must be original and unpublished to be considered.
The judge for our competition is Lois Roma-Deeley. She is the author of three collections of poetry: Rules of Hunger (2004),northSight (2006) and High Notes (2010)—a Paterson Poetry Prize Finalist. Her poems have been featured in numerous literary journals and anthologies such as Villanelles (Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets), Spillway, Bellingham Review, Artful Dodge and many more. She is a recipient of an Arizona Commission on the Arts 2016 Artist Research & Development Grant.http://www.loisroma-deeley.com/
Please do not include any personal information on your actual submission as our judge is reading your submissions without any identifying marks.
Deadline: February 1, 2017
We're open to content as long as it isn't obscene or pornographic. We encourage work that demonstrates one or more of the following things:
- inspired by traditional haiku
- captures wisdom
- a sense of real life in Nevada (no cliché imagery)
- includes nature images
- incorporates a sense of humor
All submissions will be considered for our web issues and ongoing "Friday Night Specials" (including the video option). We pay $2 for selected haiku for digital publication.
Poems chosen for printing on a poker chip for our magazine will be paid $25. This will be our only printed item for each issue.
Original content is strongly encouraged. Previously published haiku and micro poetry will only be considered for the poker chip and not for digital publication, but poet must prove they have ownership of the poem and that possibility of republishing the poem does not violate any terms of agreement with their previous publisher.
Sorry, no translations.
Multimedia content is encouraged and we love submissions in this category that feature both a literary component and a visual or audio component. See David Licata's for an example.
Poems submitted that are visually engaging will be seriously considered for being produced into one of our poetry videos. See JC Elkin's "Murmuration" as an example.
*Please note that for "Friday Night Specials" we are willing to consider previously published poems, but poets must let us know of any rights restriction AND include literary journal name and contact information.*