New Guard

Genres Published: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Representative Authors: 
Ralph Ellison, Charles Simic, Mark Doty, Tim Seibles, Joe Wenderoth, Sharon Olds, Stephen Dunn, David Plante, Joe Wenderoth, Chris Abani, John Callahan, Thomas Lynch, Josip Novakovich, Sven Birkerts, Donald Hall, Barbara Hurd, Payne Ratner, Adam Braver, Scott Wolven, Shanna McNair, Debra Spark, Dan Marmor, Erin Belieu, John Goldbach, Fred Marchant, Theodore Deppe, Cortright McMeel, Marge Piercy, Maxine Kumin, Madeleine Blais, Elizabeth Hand, Tess Gerritsen, Baron Wormser, James Patrick Kelly, Tod Goldberg, Mike Heppner, Michael Kimball and many more.
Web, Print
Reading Period: 
Mar 25 to Sep 24
Reporting Time: 
3 to 6 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
Accepts Electronic Submissions: 
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Number of Debut Authors per Issue: 
Issues per Year: 
Issue Price: 
1,000 to 2,500

Editorial Focus

We host writing contests in fiction and poetry and welcome international submissions. We juxtapose tradition with experiment, the up-and-comer with the established writer, and create a new dialogue.

**The Writer’s Hotel NYC Writer’s Conference is the editorial arm of the New Guard. The Writer’s Hotel meets in Midtown Manhattan each June. More info: We also curate a lecture series, MFA IN A DAY: We support writers in practice and in print. Write better, publish smarter. Get inspired. 

Tips From the Editor

The New Guard Vol. VIII contest judges are Rick Moody, Machigonne Fiction Contest and Patricia Smith, Knightville Poetry Contest. Contest rules: Machigonne Fiction Contest: 5,000 words max, any genre. Knightville Poetry Contest: 150 lines max, any form. Winners in Poetry and Fiction each get a $1,500 prize and publication. Finalists are also published. Judging is blind. We pay strict attention to word and line count. Unpublished work only. Simultaneous submissions accepted. Fee is $22 per entry.  Deadline is September 24, 2018. Our online segment, BANG! is open for submissions year-round. BANG! is a showcase for very short work. Submit: All other material is published in print, only in the New Guard.

Contact Information

Shanna McNair, Founding Editor
PO Box 472
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Last updated: Nov 14, 2018