Helen: A Literary Magazine is a venue for fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, spoken word, photography, graphic narratives, and artwork. Based in Las Vegas, one of our objectives is 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.

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

Please do keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter or join our email list.


DEADLINE: June 1, 2019


Nevada state residents only


Only unpublished work are eligible for the award. Poets currently living in the state of Nevada may submit up to three poems per entry. 


This year we are collecting an optional $5 entry fee.


Winner of the contest will receive $100 cash prize and publication on our website. Only those who enter the contest and are Nevada residents will be considered. 


All entries will be considered for publication in our web issues. Poems must be original and unpublished to be considered.


The judge for our contest is Anna Leahy.  Anna Leahy is the author of the poetry collections Aperture and Constituents of Matterand the nonfiction book Tumor and the co-author of Conversing with Cancer and What We Talk about When We Talk about Creative Writing. Her poems and essays have appeared at The Atlantic, Crab Orchard Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, The Southern Review, The Pinch, and elsewhere, and her essays won the top awards from Ninth Letter and Dogwood in 2016. She directs the MFA program in Creative Writing at Chapman University, where she edits the international poetry journal TAB and curates the Tabula Poetica reading series. See more at www.amleahy.com.


Please do not include any personal information on your actual submission as our judge is reading your submissions without any identifying marks. 

Ends on June 1, 2019

We are looking for well-written flash fiction in all genres and actively seek pieces that explore themes such as hope and perseverance.

We will reject work that is racist, sexist, homophobic, or devaluing in any way.

Word count: 50-1,500 words. Writers may submit up to three flash fiction pieces.


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


All submissions will be considered for our Fall web issue.


Deadline: June 1, 2019


Ends on June 1, 2019

We are looking for well-written micro essays.


We seek pieces that are insightful, virbant, and well-crafted. Humor is always a plus.


Word count: 50-500 words.


Deadline: June 1, 2019

Ends on June 1, 2019

We are looking for well-written poetry in all styles. 


No previous published works. This includes online journals and social media. 


May submit up to THREE poems. Submit all poems together in one file. Please make sure that your name and contact information only appear on your cover letter and not in your submission.


Deadline: June 1, 2019


All submissions will be considered for our Fall web issue.


Please do not submit your entire poetry collection to us.


If you need more information about our submission guidelines, please read about them here.

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!

Ends on June 1, 2019

We seek pieces that feature a distinct flavor and sentiment of Vegas culture, greater Southern Nevada and the Southwestern US. 


We look for artwork that captures “the spirit of Vegas” as well as its diversity.


Please submit high quality (300 dpi) JPEG, GIF, or PDF only. Artists may submit up to 3 pieces. 


Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. 


We also accept on an ongoing basis artwork that features unusual settings in Las Vegas as well as landscape of Southern Nevada. 


Deadline: June 1, 2019.

Ends on June 1, 2019

We seek pieces that feature a distinct flavor and sentiment of Vegas culture, greater Southern Nevada and the Southwestern US. 


We look for artwork that captures “the spirit of Vegas” as well as its diversity.


Please submit high quality (300 dpi) JPEG, GIF, or PDF only. Photographers may submit up to 3 pieces. 


Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. We do accept reprints.


We also accept on an ongoing basis photography that feature unusual settings in Las Vegas as well as landscape of Southern Nevada.  


Deadline: June 1, 2019.

We appreciate polished work in all genres and actively seek pieces that explore themes such as hope and perseverance.


We appreciate pieces that feature a distinct flavor and sentiment of Vegas culture, greater Southern Nevada and the Southwestern US, but is not a requirement to be considered with our magazine.


We look for graphic narratives and comics that capture elements of everyday life in unusual ways.


Please submit high quality (300 dpi) JPEG, GIF, or PDF only. Artists may submit up to 5 pieces (or 5 pages of the same continuing narrative). 


Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. 


Deadline: June 1, 2019.

Ends on December 15, 2019

Upcoming anthology for our new subdivision called Unincorporated is seeking submissions.  


We are seeking work about social justice. This can range from actual personal experiences to works of fiction (open to genre) that allow people to expand their perspective on what social justice means and the effects and after effects in our society. Work can range from historical to present to possible futures or a combination thereof. 


General guidelines:

Flash : 50-1500 words

Short Fiction : 1500-4000 words

Micro Essays : 50-500 words

Nonfiction : 1500-4000 words

Poetry : 3 pieces, open to all styles including experimental


Deadline: December 15, 2019

 

For this anthology previously published pieces are accepted. Please include any links, issue information, and contact information for any previous publication.

Accepted works will be published in an online anthology and gathered into a PDF. All contributors receive a PDF.

Ends on June 1, 2019

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

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


Please familiarize yourself with our magazine, website, and subdivision site, Unincorporated.  Please make sure to submit a review per our instructions 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.

Readers should be comfortable reviewing commercial and literary work.

We are currently in need of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry readers.


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


After six months to one year of exceptional volunteering with our magazine, you will be eligible to apply for upper level volunteer positions.


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