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 September 30, 2017
Our visual prompt contest allows writers and poets to submit flash fiction (up to 1,500 words), 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: September 30, 2017

No entry fee.. 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 October 15, 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 or micro poems. Please upload all haiku or micro poetry together in ONE FILE, but please make it clear they are each separate. Do not send us chapbooks or collections.

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: flash fiction, poetry, essays, art, photography. 

*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@helenlitmag.com with any questions. 
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.

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