Submissions are currently open for The Helix Fall 2017 edition until November 1st, 2017!

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 weeks to six months. 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, send us an email at helixmagazine@gmail.com.

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.
  • Up to 4 submissions per genre per submitter will be considered each issue.
  • 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 individually.

The Helix editors respect the integrity of all author’s work and will not make substantive changes without first consulting with the author. The Helix staff does reserve the right to make copy editing changes, and light line editing changes. If we accept a piece that we feel requires a more substantive revision prior to publication, we will notify the author and grant the author 3 days to respond to the editorial changes.

Creative nonfiction pieces must include appropriate disclaimers including name changes and paraphrased conversations.

We follow the Chicago Manual guidelines when editing submissions.

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

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 individually. 
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 individually.
Submit up to four individual poems. There is no line limit to our poetry, but we do ask submitters to send multiple works individually. Submissions with more than one poem per submitted file will be automatically declined. Files should be either .doc or .docx. Verse should be single spaced, in 12pt font Times New Roman. 
Submit up to four scripts, with a word count limit of 3,000 words each. 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 individually.
Art
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.