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.

Poetry Opens  (for a limited time)

February 10th through the 14th

Flash Fiction Opens (for a limited time)

March 16th through the 20th

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

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DEADLINE: June 1, 2020

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Only unpublished work are eligible for the award.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. 

There is 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 Poems must be original and unpublished to be considered.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 Lauren Camp.  Lauren Camp is the author of four poetry collections. Her poems appear in The Los Angeles Review, Pleiades, Poet Lore, Slice, New England Review, DIAGRAM, The Cortland Review and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the Dorset Prize, fellowships from Black Earth Institute and The Taft-Nicholson Center, and a finalist citation for the Arab American Book Award, among other honors. Her work has been translated into Mandarin, Turkish, Spanish and Arabic. www.laurencamp.com

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

We are looking for well-written micro-essays and flash nonfiction

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

Word count: 50-500 words.

Deadline: June 1, 2020

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!


We are looking for prose poetry, micro-fiction, micro-essays, and micro-poems that can fit on a 4x6 postcard.

Poetry should be no longer than 11 lines. 

Prose poems, micro-essays, and micro-fiction should be 150 words at maximum.

HINT: when it comes to using the paragraph form, we are looking for work whose entire composition can be in ONE paragraph and not several.

We're looking for work that can include one or more of the following elements:

  • captures wisdom
  • a sense of real life in Nevada (no cliché imagery)
  • includes nature images
  • incorporates a sense of humor
  • is accessible

 May submit up to 3 pieces of any of those categories in ONE file..

Accepted work will be published on a postcard. We will be publishing these quarterly and distributing them locally. Contributors who are published will receive 5 postcards after publication for payment.

To get a sense of what we are looking for in quality of content and format, please view our postcard samples online.


Helen Literary Magazine