THE NEW GUARD is a contest-centered, independent literary review, publishing 35+ emerging writers each year. We proudly publish in print, with the exception of our online feature, BANG!, a page on this site that publishes three short works by a single writer for a full month at a time. Our contest cycle for Volume X is closed. Thanks to all who entered! 

KNIGHTVILLE POETRY CONTEST: Final Judges are TNG Founding Editor Shanna McNair and Consulting Editor Scott Wolven. $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. $22 entry fee.

MACHIGONNE FICTION CONTEST: Final Judges are TNG Founding Editor Shanna McNair and Consulting Editor Scott Wolven. $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. Please note we do not accept novel excerpts. $22 entry fee.

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 35+ debut writers in each issue. The Writer's Hotel makes up the editorial arm of The New Guard literary review. Via The Writer's Hotel, we host  conferences each year. This year we are hosting virtual conferences only, due to restrictions around COVID-19. Our 2020 Conferences are The Writer's Hotel All-Fiction Writers Conference (with a pre-reading element) and a Poetry and Nonfiction Weekend. All take place in October. We are writers for writers' sake. Give us your ire, your lore, your guarded passage. 

BANG! is our online component. We publish flash fiction, flash nonfiction and short poetry by a single author each month. $22 per entry. 

::The New Guard is the publishing arm of The Writer's Hotel writing conferences. The Writer’s Hotel Virtual Fiction Weekend will be held May 20-24, 2021! Applications are open!  TWH 2021 Faculty includes Mary Gaitskill, Lidia Yuknavitch, Chris Abani, Rick Moody, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Cristina García, Nami Mun, Pam Houston, Kwame Dawes, Tod Goldberg, Marie Myung ok-Lee, Jeffrey Ford, Justin Torres, Dan Chaon, Elyssa East, Kevin Larimer of Poets & Writers, Steven Salpeter of Curtis Brown, Ltd., Jennie Dunham of Dunham Literary, Inc., and TWH Directors Shanna McNair and Scott Wolven. More faculty is TBA. Work on your writing with the best of the best! Pitch one-on-one to agents, attend generative workshops, read your work and more.::

Please see and for more information.::  At TNG and The Writer's Hotel, we work diligently to support writers, in practice and in print. Write better, publish smarter. Get inspired. 



BANG! is a page on The New Guard literary review. On this page, we offer a unique look at work by a single author. Work is live on our site for a 30 day stretch, so that each BANG! author is showcased individually for 30 days. We have both invited contributors to BANG! and we also consider work that comes to us via this submission manager. It's a tremendous opportunity for writers to have their work seen online. 

Work on our BANG! page is very short--flash-short--so that the pieces on BANG! serve as a kind of calling card for the author. Each BANG! is made up of three short pieces. BANG! pieces will not be published in The New Guard literary review. BANG! runs from the 20th to the 20th of every month.

Submit your work to be considered for BANG! here. Reading fee is $22.

All work on BANG! must be previously unpublished. We publish the work online in the interest of giving authors both publication and internet exposure. Submission period runs all year round.

Each monthly installment of BANG! is made up of three short pieces.

The hard and fasts:

Flash fiction: 500 words 

Nonfiction flash: 500 words 

Poetry short: 20 lines

SUBMIT THREE PIECES ONLY, all in one file. Submit a group of three pieces that represent your work and also function together. No images, please.  We accept .doc, .docx, and .wpd files.  

BANG! submissions can be in genre and in any combination. For example, submit two poems and an essay; three poems; three flash fiction pieces; two nonfiction and one fiction piece. Any combination, we just want three pieces total in each submission. 

We look forward to reading your work.

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