General Submission Guidelines

The Hellebore Press is currently accepting general submissions for upcoming digital issues and features. Poetry, prose poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, hybrid, flash fiction, flash nonfiction, and visual art submissions are welcome.

In addition to creative work, academic, craft, journalistic articles, blogs, and essays will also be considered.

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 the following: women, people of color, neurodivergent, non-binary, and LGBTQIA+ identities.

Deadlines

There is no deadline to submit a general submission. Keep your work coming! However, please wait for Denise Nichole, Editor in Chief, to respond before submitting again.

Response times range from 3-4 weeks. Most likely sooner! Your patience is appreciated. If you do not hear from us within that time frame, politely inquire through email.

The Hellebore publishes 2 digital issues a year:

Summer/Fall 2020: Open!

Winter/Spring 2020: Open!

To submit your work:

  • Title the email with General Submission, genre, your name. (For example: General Submission, Poetry, Deidre Michaels)
  • Include all work in a single attachment (PDF or DOC)
  • Include a brief bio that discloses notable publications, background information, interests, hobbies, and/or education
  • Send all general submissions to: thehellebore@outlook.com

Please note: While general submissions are always welcome, the deadline for features, anthologies, and awards may vary.

Upcoming Feature, Anthology, and Scholarship Guidelines

Anthology #1 

The Hellebore Press is accepting creative nonfiction, art, and poetry for consideration in our first major anthology. Submissions open February 1, 2020 and will close on May 1, 2020.

To submit your work:

  • Send 1-3 essays, 1-5 poems, or 3-10 samples of artwork/photography to thehellebore@outlook.com
  • Title the email submission, Anthology Submission, along with your name and genre (For example: Anthology Submission, Art, Sammi Jones)
  • Include a cover letter that describes your background, influences, education, and/or other information about you that is beneficial to know
  • Artists and photographers are also encouraged to include a statement that describes the work

While the theme(s) and title remained undisclosed for now, more information will be released once we begin to see patterns within the work.

In the meantime, here are some topics to help you get started with your anthology submission: Immigration, Culture, Identity, Joy, Mental Health, Politics, Family, and Parenthood.

Teen & Young Adult Issues

The Hellebore Press is excited to publish 1-2 issues of poetry, creative nonfiction, art, fiction, and music that features teens and young adults exclusively. We want to provide a space for young voices that is safe and inclusive. Submissions open March 1, 2020 and will close on August 1, 2020.

To submit your work:

  • Send 1-3 essays or stories, 1-5 poems, or 3-10 samples of artwork/photography to thehellebore@outlook.com
  • Title the email submission, Teen & Young Adult Issue, along with your name and genre (For example: Teen & Young Adult Issue, Fiction, Penny Roy)
  • Include a brief bio that describes your background, hobbies, interests, age and anything else you’d like our audience to know

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. The award opens on September 1, 2020 and closes on December 1, 2020. )

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:

  • Send an unpublished manuscript of 10-20 hybrid, prose, visual, free verse, lyrical, collage, or narrative poems in the form of an attachment (DOC or PDF) to thehellebore@outlook.com
  •  Title the email with your name and manuscript title (For example: RJ Brian, Unfiltered)
  •  Include a brief bio and contact information within the body of the email.
  • 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 submission guidelines for HUES Foundation, click here. 

Thanks!

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

Looking forward to receiving and reviewing your work!