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 IX is open! Entry fee is $22. Deadline is September 27. Please visit our website for full contest guidelines. 

KNIGHTVILLE POETRY CONTEST: Final Judge is Richard Blanco. $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. 

MACHIGONNE FICTION CONTEST: Judge is Elizabeth Hand. $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. 

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 Writer's Hotel makes up the editorial arm of The New Guard literary review. Via The Writer's Hotel, we host a conference in NYC each June, The Writer's Hotel NYC Writers Conference, and we also work with writers to develop their writing via our online component, Private Study. 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. Please see 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. 

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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.

The New Guard literary review