As of September 1st, we have begun accepting submissions for our 2nd annual Helen Stewart Poetry Award for Clark County residents. 

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 appreciate polished work in all genres and actively seek pieces that explore themes such as hope and perseverance. Our issues include poetry, flash fiction, short stories, essays, personal narratives, art, and photography. We also feature video exclusives from our print issues as well as in our ongoing blog series Friday Night Specials.

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.

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

$ 5.00
Only unpublished work are eligible for the award. Poets currently living in Southern Nevada (Clark County) may submit up to three poems per entry, but will still need to pay the contest entry fee for additional entries. 

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), SpillwayBellingham ReviewArtful Dodge and many more. She is a recipient of an Arizona Commission on the Arts 2016 Artist Research & Development Grant.

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 are looking for haiku and micro poetry that can fit in the center of a poker chip. 

Yes, a poker chip. 

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
May submit up to 12 haiku at one time. Submit all haiku or micro poetry together in one file, but please make it clear they are each separate.

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.
Helen: A Literary Magazine is looking for a variety of material for our ongoing blog series known as Friday Night Specials. Every Friday we feature work in one of the following categories: fiction, poetry, essays, art, photography. 

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.*

We’re especially looking for submissions from current and former Nevada residents, but consider all submissions globally.

Please review our website and blog and become familiar with our content to see if we’re the right fit for you.

Please contact us at with any questions. 
Helen: A Literary Magazine is looking for a variety of blog content that is narrative in format and/or essay style. If you have a passion and interest in writing about fiction, poetry, essays, art, photography, nature, creativity, or the desert send us your work. 

We’re especially looking for blog content from Southern Nevada residents regarding topics relevant to our community.

Please review our website and blog and become familiar with our content to see if we’re the right fit for you.

In writing your posts please make sure to include any hyperlinks and cite sources, when needed. If you're looking to submit work for our Friday Night Specials series, please submit in that category and not here.  

Audio and visual content is of high value. 

Please contact us at with any questions. 
Helen: A Literary Magazine is looking for a 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. They are also encouraged to write for our blog. 

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

Please familiarize yourself with our magazine, website, and blog before applying. See more here. We will ask you to give a brief review on one of three posts from our Friday Night Specials series on your application.

Contributing Editors and Readers should be comfortable reviewing commercial and literary work. An appreciation or knowledge of art is a plus, but unnecessary. 

All Contributing Editors and Readers are given the opportunity to review art submissions and express honest opinions. 

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