The Helix welcomes submissions from writers from around the world. Before submitting please review our previously published works and read the notes below carefully.

Submissions are read by our editorial teams in chronological order. If you have a submission still in the queue and have not heard back from us, assume it has been held over for consideration for another issue. For inquiries, contact us!

Note:

  • Previously published work is not accepted.
  • All submissions should be in 12pt font, Times New Roman, double-spaced for prose, and single-spaced for poetry.
  • You may submit more than one piece, just make sure you submit them individually to their proper submission category.
  • Please include a small biography with your piece.
  • The Helix has the right to make small edits to your piece. We follow the Chicago Manual of Style for formatting.
  • If your piece gets published in our printed annual, you will receive a contributor’s copy.
  • For Fiction/Nonfiction: please refrain from submitting pieces that are sections of larger works. Complete pieces only!

In honor of beloved poet and educator, Leslie McGrath, the Helix is launching a poetry contest. McGrath, who unfortunately passed in August 2020, was the author of three poetry collections: Opulent Hunger, Opulent Rage (2009), Out From the Pleiades (2014), and Feminists Are Passing From Our Lives (2018). She also won the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry as well as the Gretchen Warren Prize from the New England Poetry Club.

Follow these links for more information on Leslie McGrath:

Interview with The Nervous Breakdown

McGrath’s Poetry

Writers may submit one poem of any style, but with no more than one hundred lines. This year’s judge, Benjamin S. Grossberg, will select a winner and one finalist. The winner and finalist will have their work published on the Helix online, as well as in the print annual. In conjunction with this, the winner will be invited to an event at CCSU.

Whomever is awarded with first place will receive $1000, and one finalist will receive $100. There will be a reading fee of $10 due upon submission.

Poetry must be set in 12 pt Times New Roman font and should be single spaced. Submission opens November 4 and closes March 17, 2023. Any questions regarding the contest can be directed to helixmagazine@gmail.com.

We look forward to reading your submission.

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Submit up to four poems for review by the Helix poetry team. Please keep poems to approximately 32 lines in length (about one page of text), and submit multiple pieces as one document. Verse should be single spaced, in 12pt font Times New Roman. With your submission, please provide a 75-word bio. We do not accept previously published work. If your work is accepted, it will be published on the Helix website. All works published on the website have the opportunity to be published in the December annual. If your work is put into the annual, you will be given a free copy of the book.

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Submit fiction from 250-3,000 words to be reviewed by the Helix fiction team. Prose should be double spaced, in 12pt font Times New Roman. In your cover letter, please provide a 75-word bio. We do not accept previously published work. If your work is accepted, it will be published on the Helix website. All works published on the website will be considered for our print annual. If your work is put into the annual, you will be given a free copy of the book.

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Submit nonfiction up to 3,000 words to be reviewed by the Helix nonfiction team. Prose should be double spaced, in 12pt font Times New Roman. With your submission, please provide a 75-word bio. We do not accept previously published work. If your work is accepted, it will be published on the Helix website. All works published on the website have the opportunity to be published in the December annual. If your work is put into the annual, you will be given a free copy of the book.

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