General Submission Guidelines Spring 2021

The Hellebore Press is accepting submissions for upcoming digital issues and features until April 1, 2021. Micro poetry, prose poetry, flash fiction, flash nonfiction, chapbook reviews, craft essays, and visual art submissions are welcome.

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, neurodivergent, disabled, non-binary, and LGBTQIA+ identities.


The deadline to submit a submission is April 1, 2021. 

Response times range from 3-5 weeks.  If you do not hear from us within that time frame, politely inquire through email. We greatly appreciate your patience.

Upcoming Issues

Black Liberation, Issue 6 Winter/Spring 2021: Closed.

Read the stunning issue here: Red Velvet

LGBTQIA+ Pride, Issue 7 Summer/Fall 2021: Open! Submit micro poetry, narrative poetry, lyrical poetry, prose or micro poetry, flash fiction, flash CNF, or art that relates to the following topics: LGBTQIA+ Pride, Popular Culture, Alternative Culture, Online Relationships, Nostalgia, Chosen Family, Technology, Self Acceptance, Rebellion, Celebration, Joy, Mental Health, Forgiveness, Healing, & Compassion

Youth Empowerment, Issue 8 Winter/Spring 2022: Open! Submit micro poetry, lyrical poetry, flash fiction, flash CNF, blogs, hybrid, or visual art that relates to the following topics: Adolescence, Young Adulthood, Joy, Self Expression, Relationships, Gender, Friendship, Family, Culture, School, Memory, Mental Health, Overcoming Trauma

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

To submit your work:

  • Title the email with the Issue #, Genre, & Your Name. (For example: Issue 7, Poetry, Deidre Michaels)
  • Title general submission emails as General Submission, Genre, & Your Name (For example: General Submission, Creative Nonfiction, Deidre Michaels)
  • Include all work in a single attachment (PDF or DOC)
  • Save the file of your doc as your last name and title of your submission (For example: Michaels_Two Poems)
  • 1-5 poems, 1-3 stories/essays, or 3-5 pieces of artwork may be submitted for review
  • Include a brief bio that discloses 2-3 notable publications, background information, interests, hobbies, and/or education
  • Send all submissions to: by April 1, 2021

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 Winter 2022.

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 10-25 hybrid, prose, visual, free verse, lyrical, collage, or narrative poems in the form of an attachment (DOC or PDF) to
  •  Title the email with your name, manuscript title, and entry category (For example: Mia Torres, Unapologetic, Hellebore Poetry Scholarship Award )
  • Save the file of your doc as your last name and title of your manuscript. (For example: Torres_Unapologetic)
  •  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 application guidelines for HUES Foundation, click here.


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!