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 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.

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

Ends on June 30, 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: June 30, 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 July 15, 2017. 
Ends on June 1, 2017
We are looking for well-written fiction in all genres. 

We seek pieces that feature a distinct flavor and sentiment of Vegas culture, greater Southern Nevada and the Southwestern US. Stories do not have to be distinctly set in Vegas, but can contain what we consider to be “the spirit of Vegas.” 

Please make sure that your name and contact information only appear on your cover letter and not in your submission.

Word count: 50-1,500 words. Writers may submit up to three flash fiction pieces.

All submissions will be considered for both our Spring web issue and our Fall web issue as well as our ongoing series "Friday Night Specials."

Deadline: June 1, 2017

Ends on June 1, 2017
We are looking for well-written nonfiction. 

We seek pieces that feature a distinct flavor and sentiment of Vegas culture, greater Southern Nevada and the Southwestern US. Creative nonfiction work doesn't have to take place in our around Southern Nevada, but should contain a sense of vibrancy.

Please make sure that your name and contact information only appear on your cover letter and not in the header or footer of your submission.

Word count: 1,000-4,000 words.

All submissions will be considered for both our Spring web issue and our Fall web issue as well as our ongoing series "Friday Night Specials." 

Deadline: June 1, 2017
Ends on June 1, 2017
We are looking for well-written poetry in all styles. 

We seek pieces that feature a distinct flavor and sentiment of Vegas culture, greater Southern Nevada and the Southwestern US. Stories do not have to be distinctly set in Vegas, but can contain what we consider to be “the spirit of Vegas.” 

No previous published works. This includes online journals and social media. 

May submit up to eight poems with a total length of 12 pages. Submit all poems together in one file. Please make sure that your name and contact information only appear on your cover letter and not in your submission.

Deadline: June 1, 2017

All submissions will be considered for both our Spring web issue and our Fall web issue as well as our ongoing series "Friday Night Specials.

Please do not submit your entire poetry collection to us.

If you need more information about our submission guidelines, please read about them here where we include a PDF example of how your submission file should look.
We seek pieces that feature a distinct flavor and sentiment of Vegas culture, greater Southern Nevada and the Southwestern US. Spoken word and performance art pieces do not have to be distinctly set in Vegas, but can contain what we consider to be “the spirit of Vegas.”

Length: 10 minutes max. The ideal time is around 3 minutes.

All submissions will be considered for our Spring web issue as well as our ongoing series "Friday Night Specials.

Deadline: June 1, 2017
Ends on June 1, 2017
We seek pieces that feature a distinct flavor and sentiment of Vegas culture, greater Southern Nevada and the Southwestern US.

We look for artwork that captures “the spirit of Vegas” as well as its diversity.
 
Please submit high quality (300 dpi) JPEG, GIF, or PDF only. Artists may submit up to 3 pieces.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. 

We also accept on an ongoing basis artwork that features unusual settings in Las Vegas as well as landscape of Southern Nevada. 

Deadline: June 1, 2017.
Ends on June 1, 2017
We seek pieces that feature a distinct flavor and sentiment of Vegas culture, greater Southern Nevada and the Southwestern US.

We look for artwork that captures “the spirit of Vegas” as well as its diversity.
 
Please submit high quality (300 dpi) JPEG, GIF, or PDF only. Photographers may submit up to 3 pieces.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. We do accept reprints.

We also accept on an ongoing basis photography that feature unusual settings in Las Vegas as well as landscape of Southern Nevada.  

Deadline: June 1, 2017.
Ends on June 1, 2017
We appreciate polished work in all genres and actively seek pieces that explore themes such as hope and perseverance.

We appreciate pieces that feature a distinct flavor and sentiment of Vegas culture, greater Southern Nevada and the Southwestern US, but is not a requirement to be considered with our magazine.

We look for graphic narratives and comics that capture elements of everyday life in unusual ways.

Please submit high quality (300 dpi) JPEG, GIF, or PDF only. Artists may submit up to 5 pieces (or 5 pages of the same continuing narrative).

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. 


Deadline: June 1, 2017.
PLEASE READ SUBMISSION GUIDELINES CAREFULLY. 

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 or micro poems. Please upload all haiku or micro poetry together in ONE FILE, but please make it clear they are each separate. 

Please do not send us poems longer than 5 lines in this category.

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. (Please include previous publisher information, if needed).

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 info@helenpresents.com 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 essays 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 do not submit your fiction or poetry in this category. This is for essays only.

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 info@helenpresents.com 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.

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 info@helenpresents.com