The New Guard


From the Editor


::TNG Vol VI Contests in Fiction & Poetry are open. Deadline is August 15 at midnight.::

KNIGHTVILLE POETRY CONTEST: $1,500 and publication for an exceptional poem in any form. Up to three poems per entry. Up to 150 lines per poem. Please submit all three poems in a single document. TNG Vol VI Judge: STEPHEN DUNN $20 entry fee.

MACHIGONNE FICTION CONTEST: $1,500 and publication for an exceptional work of fiction in any genre. Submit up to 5,000 words: anything from flash to the long story. Novel excerpts are welcome if the excerpt functions as a stand-alone story. TNG Vol VI Judge: SARAH BRAUNSTEIN.


Please include your name on the first page of your contest entry. We will remove your name in the final stages of judging. We accept .doc or similar files–no PDFs, please. We do pay strict attention to word and line count. Please submit previously unpublished work only. Any size print run or online publication (including blogs and/or social networking or video readings) disqualify an entry.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, provided we’re notified upon publication elsewhere. Entrants have no submission entry limit. Each submission is carefully considered for publication. Final judging is done blind, by that volume’s appointed judges. Please note that we do not publish illustrations. We no longer accept entries via postal mail.

Finalists and semi-finalists receive one free copy of The New Guard; winners receive two copies. Winners and selected finalists and semi-finalists will be published in our print publication. TNG retains standard first publication rights; all rights immediately revert to the writer upon publication. Writers must be at least eighteen years of age to enter.


We are looking for innovative poetry and fiction. The New Guard is here to showcase newcomers alongside established writers, and to juxtapose tradition with experiment to create a new dialogue. We publish all finalists and semi-finalists of our contests in our print-only journals, and we strive to feature at least forty debut writers in each issue.

The New Guard is an independent literary review. We proudly publish in print, with the exception of our online feature, BANG!, a page on our website that publishes three short works by a single writer for a full month at a time.


The New Guard literary review has an editorial arm, The Writer’s Hotel. Via The Writer’s Hotel, we host a conference in NYC each June: The Writer’s Hotel Master Class in Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry.

This year the conference runs from June 1-7. The Writer’s Hotel is the writers conference you’ve been looking for! We work with each writer on their writing from the moment of acceptance, even before the week-long writing conference in NYC. We focus together with writers to edit a target manuscript, with an eye to craft and the publishing industry. Every writer works with TWH Editors for months before the conference, and our program finishes up a few weeks afterwards.

We are writers ourselves, and strove to create new kind of program–an alternative to the conference or the Creative Writing MFA that is affordable, better, leaner. At TWH, each writer receives personal attention and is given practical approaches to navigating the publishing industry. Before arrival in NYC for the conference on site, TWH Editors read each target manuscript twice. TWH Editors also work to connect writers with publishing opportunities, and each writer brings their manuscript to market, reading their work at great venues and engaging editors and agents one-on-one in pitch meetings.

Via TWH, you’ll take writing from your desk to the publishing marketplace, right in the heart of New York City. You’ll get to read your work at a well-known NYC venue, like KGB Bar Lit, Book Culture or Cornelia Street. You’ll get to meet with agents and editors. You’ll participate in four intense writing workshops, attend lectures and literary events, and go on literary walking tours. You’ll take your writing to the next level.

TWH 2016 workshop leaders are Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Scott Wolven and Shanna McNair, Fiction; Tim Seibles and Roger Bonair-Agard, Poetry; Meghan Daum, Nonfiction. TWH 2016 Genre Lab Leaders, Poetry: Former NY Poet Laureate Marie Howe and Current Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair; Fiction: Bill Roorbach and Scott Wolven, and Nonfiction: Elyssa East. 2016 Lecturers include Kevin Larimer, editor in chief of Poets & Writers, Elaine Trevorrow of Blue Flower Arts, Carey Salerno of Alice James Books and writer Bethany Ball. Faculty Assistants are Adeeba Afshan Rana and Erica Vega. SPACE IS EXTREMELY LIMITED. We strongly encourage early application to secure a spot. We expect to fill up well before our April 15 deadline.

We also work with a few writers to develop their writing via our online component, Private Study. The New Guard and The Writer’s Hotel is a group of writers working for and supporting writers. We are writers for writers’ sake.


Editors Name Shanna McNair
Print publication? Yes
Do you take online submissions? Yes
Submission Guidelines URL
Approx. Response Time? 2 months from end of contest
How often do you publish? Yearly
Year Founded? 2009
Do you pay? $1500 to each winner, with contributor copies for all finalists. All finalists are published as well.


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