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, essays, personal narratives, art, and photography. We also feature video exclusives from our issues as well as in our ongoing blog series Friday Night Specials.

We're asking submitters to please restrain from sending us material about the terrorist attack that took place in Las Vegas. Some of our staff members have friends that were injured or were there themselves and this is too much for them. Be respectful of our grief. This is our home.

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.

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

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Ends on December 31, 2017
Our visual prompt contest allows 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 fee. They can be mixed categories, but please do let us know in your cover letter.

Get inspired and submit!

Deadline: December 31, 2017

There is no entry fee and the cash prize is $25. 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. 

Current visual prompt can be viewed here.

Winner will be announced on January 15, 2017. 

DEADLINE: February 1, 2018


Only unpublished work are eligible for the award.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 that 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 Nevada 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 contest is Rosemarie Dombrowski. She is the founder of rinky dink press, the co-founder and host of the Phoenix Poetry Series, the host of Get Lit, a monthly literary salon, and an editor for Four Chambers journal. She is the co-editor of the multi-genre collection Weaving the Threads: Women, Art, Community, forthcoming from Four Chambers Press. Her work has appeared/is forthcoming in Columbia Review, Stonecoast Review, Anthro/Poetics (anthology), Bombay Gin, Nano, The Review Review, and elsewhere. Her collections include The Book of Emergencies (Five Oaks Press, 2014) and The Philosophy of Unclean Things (Finishing Line Press, forthcoming). She teaches courses on radical poetics, women’s literature, and creative ethnography at Arizona State University’s Downtown campus.

Please do not include any personal information on your actual submission as our judge is reading your submissions without any identifying marks.
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 as well as our ongoing series "Friday Night Specials."

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: a literary magazine is looking for 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. 

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.

Contributing Editors and Readers should be comfortable reviewing commercial and literary work. 

We are currently in need of poetry readers.

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 info@helenlitmag.com
Helen: a literary magazine is looking for reviews of books (fiction and nonfiction), anthologies, and collections that are recently released, forthcoming, or deserving of a wider audience and additional exposure. We are especially interested in work reviewed from Nevada authors and poets.

We are also open to social commentary regarding cultural perspectives of reading, publishing, writing, and the arts community. Please check out our new blog post category “Books Unbound” to get a sense of what we’re looking for in a review/social commentary submission.

Length should be somewhere between 250 to 750 words.