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!
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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 1 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.

Art
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The Helix considers all mediums when publishing 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. Feel free to submit a short paragraph description of your artwork... Can be about the process, your inspiration, the meaning behind it, etc.

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