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.

We are especially seeking work by people of color, LGBTQIA+, disabled creatives, and other marginalized groups who write and actively create work in all the categories we seek to publish in Helen.

All work submitted must be submitted WITH a bio. If you do not submit a bio along with your submission, we may reject your work without being reviewed.

We appreciate polished work in all genres and actively seek pieces that explore themes such as hope and perseverance. Our issues include poetry, flash fiction, essays, personal narratives, art, and photography.

Please wait two years to resubmit after we have published your work. This includes contests of any kind. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please don't send multiple submissions in the same category.

Do not send us book manuscripts, poetry collections, or chapbooks. We are not that kind of publisher.

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We accept Spoken Word from local, national, and international poets.


The ideal time is around 3 minutes or less.


All submissions will be considered for our web issues. Please make sure to include a bio with each submssion or your work may be rejected without being reviewed. 


If you are unable to upload (or record) an MP3 file, you may also call us at (702) 996-7524 and leave a message containing your Spoken Word Poetry. Please make sure to say your title and name and speak clearly.  


If you choose to call us as your recording option, please let us know here or send us an email at editors@helenlitmag.com. Include Subject line: TYPE OF WORK + TITLE + NAME and a text of your work.


Thank you for considering us and good luck!

Helen: a literary magazine is looking for Contributing Editors and Readers to join our staff. All positions are voluntary and unpaid. 


Contributing Editors are responsible for reading, rating, and reviewing submissions and are encouraged to take an active role in promoting our magazine.  

Readers are responsible for reading, rating, and reviewing submissions only. 


Please familiarize yourself with our magazine, website, and blog before applying.  Please make sure to submit a review and not a writing sample in your application.

The bulk of our reading is between February to July. All readers are required to read and review work within a specific time frame. Be expected to spend 5-10 hours a month reading and reviewing submissions.

Contributing Editors and Readers should be comfortable reviewing commercial and literary work.

We are currently in need of poetry readers.


Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Please give us time to review.


We are located in Southern Nevada and encourage locals to apply, but are also actively seeking virtual members from out-of-state.


If you have any questions, please send an email to info@helenlitmag.com

Helen Literary Magazine