Literature submissions have reopened and will close again on November 21st, 2018. 


Our art submissions will remain open year-round. 


THE HELIX welcomes submissions of artwork and literature on both a national and global scale. Please review our guidelines carefully, as any piece submitted incorrectly will be rejected.


Submissions are read by our editorial team in chronological order as we make our way through the queue. The wait time for an answer will vary from a few days to one month. If you have still not received a response from a submission submitted to a previous issue, please inquire on the status of your piece.

General Guidelines

The Helix accepts simultaneous submissions, with immediate notification if work is accepted elsewhere. Previously published work is not accepted, but we will consider work previously shared on personal blogs/websites.

  • Prose submissions should be double spaced.
  • Poetry should be single spaced.
  • All literary submissions should be in 12pt font Times New Roman.
  • Prose submissions are currently restricted to a maximum of 3,000 words each.

If you are submitting multiple works for one category, please send them as one file.


The Helix editors respect the integrity of all author’s work but may make slight changes as necessary. The Helix staff reserves the right to make copy editing changes, and light line editing changes.

We follow the Chicago Manual guidelines when editing submissions.


The Helix reserves first North American serial rights. All rights revert to the author after publication. If you republish your work in a print or other journal, please credit The Helix for the first publication.

Ends on November 20, 2018

Submit up to four prose stories, at a word count limit of 3,000 words each. The Helix accepts mainly literary fiction but is open to exceptional works of experimental fiction and surrealism. Files should be either .doc or .docx. Prose should be double spaced, in 12pt font Times New Roman. If you are submitting multiple works, please send them as one document.

Ends on November 20, 2018

Submit up to four prose stories, with a word count limit of 3,000 words each. The Helix is open to publishing exceptional works of creative nonfiction, including but not limited to personal essay, third-person narrative, and lyric. Files should be either .doc or .docx. Prose should be double spaced, in 12pt font Times New Roman. If you are submitting multiple works, please send them in one file.

Ends on November 20, 2018

Submit up to four individual poems. Please keep poems to one page, and submit multiple pieces as one word document. Files should be either .doc or .docx. Verse should be single spaced, in 12pt font Times New Roman. 

The Helix considers all mediums when publishing exceptional artwork. This includes but is not limited to traditional art as well as digital, collage, or sculpture. We require high quality scans/photos of the work at a minimum DPI of 300. Artwork should be submitted in TIFF or JPG files. If you are submitting multiple works, please send them individually.
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