The New Guard Contests in Fiction & Poetry

Publish Date: Feb 29, 2016

Deadline: Aug 15, 2016

The New Guard literary review has opened their fiction and poetry contests  for submission.

The New Guard literary review is the publishing arm of The Writer's Hotel writers conferences and editorial services. When submitting to a contest via our Submittable site, simply scroll down the menu to enter our contests. International entries are welcome. 

When submitting to our contests in either fiction or poetry, 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 Please submit previously unpublished work only.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 Please note that we do not publish illustrations.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 is not published online.

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.  


  • The Knightville Poetry Contest
    Up to three poems per entry. Up to 150 lines per poem. Judge: Stephen Dunn.
  • The Machigonne Fiction Contest
    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. Judge: Sarah Braunstein.


The contests are open to anyone.

Entry fees

Poetry contest: $20 entry fee
Fiction contest: $20 entry fee


Poetry contest: $1,500
Fiction contest: $1,500

Winners and selected finalists and semi-finalists will be published in TNG print publication.

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