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.

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If you are interested in submitting to our anthology Impact. Please do so 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 July 31, 2019


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.

Ends on July 31, 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. There is no need to withdraw work that gets published elsewhere. 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.

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