General Submission Guidelines 2022

Submission Process

Thank you for your interest in The Hellebore Press. Submissions are CLOSED until October 15th. We allow a grace period of 3 days after we close. We aim to provide a transparent, communicative, and inclusive review process that centers writers, poets, and artists. Due to the volume of submissions we received this last round, expect a response between 1-3 months. Notifying folks about the status of their work within a reasonable time frame is important to us so inquire through email if you do not hear from us within the reading period for the issue you submitted to.

Email: thehellebore[@]outlook.com

Denise Nichole & Rachel Andrews work together to review submissions. After work is selected, contributors may be asked to undergo a brief revision process with Editor in Chief, Denise Nichole to ensure that work is ready for publication. The revision process incorporates reflective questions, feedback, and edits. We offer this service to support our contributors but recognize that this is not standard practice. Rest assured, that is why we do it. It is our hope to offer resources that support writers and poets throughout each stage of their career. Part of that includes developmental editing and mentorship.

Angel Camarena assists with the editing and formatting of each issue. They collaborate with Denise to prepare issues for publication by proofing and organizing individual pieces of writing.

There are no reading or submission fees.

Why? Literary and artistic resources should be afforded to all. Fees create more barriers for writers, poets, and artists who are already denied access to the industry. Our mission is to amplify the voices of exemplary creatives– not exploit our community.

Underrepresented communities are highly encouraged to submit. The Hellebore Press invites perspectives and narratives from: women, BIPOC, neurodiverse, disabled, non-binary, immigrant, international, and LGBTQIA+ identities.

*Important Note: For Issues 10-12 we will be mentoring and supporting teen & young adult writers, editors, and readers, in a new internship program that is designed to cultivate meaningful change and connection in our community. These teens and young adults will gain professional experience in the literary and publishing world as they collaborate with our team to produce digital issues, blogs, and features. 

Reading Periods

Submissions for upcoming digital issues are CLOSED until October 15, 2022.

Micro poetry, prose poetry, narrative poetry, flash fiction (under 1500 words), and flash nonfiction (under 1500 words) is welcome.

While we offer quick response times, all of our issues are scheduled in advance. Depending on when writers and artists may submit, work may not be published until months later. If the goal is to be published sooner, submit towards the end of the reading period. Keep in mind, space is limited, which makes the process more selective. To have the best possible chance of publication, follow the guidelines and refer to the tips.

Upcoming Issue Themes

Review our themes and tips to see what we have planned. Not sure where to start? Email us with your questions.

Issue 9 Latine & Asian Kinship/ Black Families & Neighborhoods: Closed! Click here to read Tamarindo

Issue 10 Mental Health, Disability, Chronic Illness, & Body Autonomy: Closed and under review! Coming late Summer 2022/early Fall 2022!  Submit micro poetry, prose poetry, visual poetry, flash CNF, comics, genre-less, or hybrid work that de-stigmatizes mental health or disability, explores chronic illness, and/or challenges misconceptions about reproductive health and abortion. What do you want others to know about your experience? Does your work advocate for marginalized identities? How can you use innovative forms to communicate these complexities?

Issue 11 Our Pasts, Our Futures: Closed but space is available when we reopen in October. Coming Winter 2023! Submit micro poetry, lyrical poetry, photography, flash CNF or flash fiction that captures the span of history and/or fantasy through a diverse and inclusive lens.

General Submission: If you have other work for consideration that explores different themes or genres, you are still welcome to submit.

Submission Tips

We seek work that disrupts the canon. While we appreciate traditional forms and styles (and have featured it before!) we tend to gravitate to work that reinvents language, takes bold and daring risks, and pushes the boundaries of what creative expression can do. At the same time, we want to spotlight work that is accessible and clear. Style is important to us as is voice.

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate complex formatting and line spacing due to our new theme.

Our archive is teen friendly and inclusive, so please do not send us work that is violent, hateful, or gratuitous.

Steps to Submit for Digital Issues

  1. Title the email with the Issue #, Genre, & Your Name. (For example: Issue 8, Poetry, Deidre Michaels). Title general submission emails as General Submission, Genre, & Your Name (For example: General Submission, Creative Nonfiction, Deidre Michaels)
  2. Include all work in a single attachment (PDF or DOC). 1-3 poems or micros, 1 flash story or flash essay, or 3-6 pieces of artwork may be submitted for review.
  3. Save the file as your last name and title of your submission (For example: Michaels_Two Poems). Don’t forget to attach your file to the email. If you forget, just add a reply that includes your work. Don’t stress about it. It’s okay!
  4. Draft a brief cover letter that greets the staff: Denise Nichole is the Editor in Chief. Angel Camarena is the Assistant Editor. Rachel Andrews is the Reader. Have a little fun with this. We love it when folks make us laugh (and cry).
  5. Include a brief bio at the bottom of the document and email that discloses 2-3 notable publications, background information, interests, hobbies, and/or education.

Email: thehellebore[@]outlook.com

Scholarship Guidelines

The Hellebore Poetry Scholarship Award

The Hellebore Poetry Scholarship Award offers a monetary book and supply scholarship to one honoree who demonstrates excellence in the poetic arts.

Please note: The Hellebore Poetry Scholarship Award is currently closed and will reopen in Spring 2023.

The winning manuscript will be published by The Hellebore Press. Finalists are also eligible for publication and will receive compensation if their title is selected.

To submit your work to the scholarship:

  1. Send an unpublished manuscript of 10-25 hybrid, prose, visual, free verse, lyrical, collage, or narrative poems in the form of an attachment (DOC or PDF).
  2.  Title the email with your name, manuscript title, and entry category (For example: Mia Torres, Unapologetic, Hellebore Poetry Scholarship Award )
  3. Save the file of your doc as your last name and title of your manuscript. (For example: Torres_Unapologetic)
  4.  Include a brief bio and contact information within the body of the email.
  5. Summary of the body of work which includes theme, motifs, symbol explanations and/or influences/inspiration for the poems.

HUES Foundation

If you are looking for application guidelines for HUES Foundation, click here.

Thanks!

Don’t forget to check out the FAQ for more tips. There is some very helpful information there that applies to all of our submission periods.

Looking forward to receiving and reviewing your work!