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.


For those of you who have been waiting for responses on work submitted last year, there is currently a backlog of submissions that we are responding to as we received an overwhelming larger load of submissions than in previous years. Please be patient with us. 


Flash Fiction Opens (for a limited time)

March 16th through the 20th


Poetry Opens  (for a limited time)

March 23rd through the 27th



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Only unpublished work are eligible for the award.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 Poems must be original and unpublished to be considered.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!

Helen Literary Magazine