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. To get a feel for the kind of work we accept, please review our previously published work.

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

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 in one file.

The Helix staff reserves the right to make light changes to the author’s original work. 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.