General Submission Guidelines 2021
Thank you for your interest in The Hellebore Press. We aim to provide a transparent, communicative, and inclusive review process that centers writers, poets, and artists. Expect a response between 2-4 weeks or sooner.
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. While we typically publish 3-4 issues per year, we are receiving more submissions which means more issues!
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.
Submissions for upcoming digital issues are CLOSED.
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 Depending on when writers and artists may submit, work may not be published until months later.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 have work published sooner, submit closer to the deadline. Keep in mind, space does fill up 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 8 Youth Empowerment: Almost full! 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, and/or navigating trauma.
Note: Issue 8 is open to ages 13-26 only! Let’s give teens and young adults a safe and supportive space to share their literature and art.
Issue 9 Latinx & Asian Kinship: Almost full! Submit micro poetry, prose poetry, flash CNF or flash fiction that explores Latinx and/or Asian identity, culture, traditions, food, ancestry, and/or history.
Issue 10 Mental Health: Space available! Submit micro poetry, prose poetry, flash CNF, comics, genre-less, or hybrid work that de-stigmatizes mental health, centers joy, and/or challenges misconceptions.
General Submission: If you have other work for consideration that explores different themes or genres, you are still welcome to submit.
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
- 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)
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- Include a brief bio that discloses 2-3 notable publications, background information, interests, hobbies, and/or education.
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 to the scholarship:
- 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).
- 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.
If you are looking for application guidelines for HUES Foundation, click here.
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!