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ABOUT THE NEW GUARD

“Hey, buddy boy, there’s going to be some changes around here…”

THE NEW GUARD is an independent literary review. 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.

The New Guard is here to showcase newcomers alongside established writers, and to juxtapose tradition with experiment to create a new dialogue. The Writer's Hotel is the editorial arm of The New Guard literary review. Via The Writer's Hotel, we work with writers to develop their writing, online and in person at our Master Class Workshops. We are writers for writers' sake.

Here at TNG and The Writer's Hotel, we work diligently to support writers. We will stand up and put on the gloves for those good stories and poems. We do all we can to help our fellow writers.

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THE NEW GUARD Volume III

Thank you to all who entered the Volume III Machigonne Fiction Contest and The Knightville Poetry Contest! Competition was extremely tough, more so than ever before. We got an overwhelming response to our contests—the amount of entries doubled from last year, and we saw manuscripts coming in from all over the world. The stories and poems were of an extremely high caliber, and the selection process was truly a challenge.

All of the finalists and semi-finalists are to be published alongside the winners and contributors in Volume III. Big congratulations to our winners, finalists and semi-finalists! Big congratulations to our Pushcart nominees, as well.

Machigonne Fiction Contest Winner: Mark Wagstaff

Short story, Burn Lines (judged by Rick Bass)

Mark Wagstaff lives in London. Since 1999 he has had stories published across a range of journals and online, including Stone Highway Review, Scissors & Spackle, and Inkwell. Mark has published four novels and a novella. His most recent novel, In Sparta, a story of radicalism, conformity and terror, is available in print and e-book. Mark's first collection of short stories appeared in 2002 and his second collection will be published by InkTears. He is also working on an e-book project with Folded Word.

Knightville Poetry Contest Winner: Bruce Bond

Poem, Sea of Trees (judged by Jeanne Marie Beaumont)

Bruce Bond is the author of eight published books of poetry, most recently The Visible, Peal, and Blind Rain. His tetralogy of new books entitled Choir of the Wells will be released in 2013. Presently, he is a Regents Professor of English at the University of North Texas, and Poetry Editor for American Literary Review.

Pushcart Nominees for TNG Volume III:

Individual nominations:

Quenton Baker, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Nigger

John Blair, Three Little Indians

Bruce Bond, Sea of Trees

Jenn Chan Lyman, The Natural

Mark Wagstaff, Burn Lines


Section nomination:

THE LOVE LETTER SECTION,VOLUME III:

Leslie Z. Anderson, To Faith

Madeleine Blais, To Miami

Erin Belieu, Love Letter: Final Visitation

Edie Clark, The Love of Many Strangers

Stephen Dunn, Love Poem for the Ages

Barbara Hurd, A Pre-Mortem Promise

Kate Levin, Angel (Excerpt from her novel-in-progress,Punk Prophet)

Van Newell, We'll Leave the Refrigerator Light on for You

Sharon Olds, The Signature

Judith Podell, To the IRS

Ian Withrow, To Ray


VOLUME III MACHIGONNE FICTION CONTEST

FINALISTS

Jacob Appel, The Rod Of Asclepius

Brian Beard, Merci Jesus

John Blair, Three Little Indians

Taylor Brown, The Vizsla

Tracy Debrincat, A Certain Fire

Sarah Gerkensmeyer, Vanishing Point

Joan Lee Hunter, The Dog

Jenn Chan Lyman, The Natural

Leslie Jill Patterson, Catch And Release

Sara Patton, The Bull Rider

Leslie Rodd, Las Manos Grandes

Benjamin Rybeck, Perfect, Starting Now

Tamra Wilson, The Cozy Corner

Charles Wyatt, The Goldberg Variations


SEMI-FINALISTS

Conor Broughan, Moving Forward, No Delays

Paul Brown, Two Russians and An American Walk Into An Irish Pub

Justin Burnell, Non-lexemic Translation

Chris Connolly, Rabbit

Tomek Dzido, Ya Get Me

B D Feil, Men In Love

Kristen Hay, Hazard Ratios

Marc Mewshaw, Happy Accidents

Leslie Munnelly, Tonic Immobility

Gregg Schroeder, Apartment 6D

Lones Seiber, Finches


VOLUME III KNIGHTVILLE POETRY CONTEST

FINALISTS

Quenton Baker, Nude Transformation and Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Nigger

Christopher Bursk, Untitled—Mark Rothko—1969/70

Kevin Conner, Skinny

Meghan Dunn, Galileo Sees His Future

Roberta George, Reading Palms

John Johnson, California Breakdown

Wulf Losee, In the Season of Rain

Eamon Mahoney, Blood On The Moon

Kristina McDonald, My Brother Tries to Tell Me About the Zeno Effect

Jenny Molberg, Matryoshka

Cindy St. Onge, Egyptians

Jose Padua, One Night at the Nuyorican


SEMI-FINALISTS

Robyn Art, Frost, Beleagured Plains, Augeries of Dew, Whatever:

Vincent Basso, On the Death of Poets

M. Callen, History of Romance

Doris Ferleger Now the Smoke Bushes

Wayne Lee, Just Like John Glenn

Gregory Loselle, My Cat has an X ray

Allister MacMartin, The News

Ed Madden Adrift off the Islets of Langerhans

Mary Morris, Dinner with Hades

Gabriela Tiessen, Composed

Erica Vega, An Open Window

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TNG VOL.III includes new work by contributors Sharon Olds, Marge Piercy, Madeleine Blais, Erin Belieu, Stephen Dunn, Barbara Hurd,Edie Clark and Judith Podell, among others, and interviews with Maine writers Patrick Quinlan, Elizabeth Miles, and Lewis Robinson.Our Volume III letters section is called "Love Letters." Cover art by Maine artist Matt Welch.

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TNG VOL. II features A Storm of Blizzard Proportions (1944) by Ralph Ellison, a complete finished story which has never before been in print, and has only been read by a handful of people! Alongside A Storm of Blizzard Proportions, we've published a reproduction the original typewritten pages, straight from The Library of Congress.

Also included in this special section is an interview of John Callahan, Mr. Ellison's literary executor and author of A Man You Could Love. We are excited by this tremendous opportunity to share Mr. Ellison's work with our readers and writers.

TNG VOL II is a deluxe trade paperback with French flaps of 334 pages. Cover art is by Maine artist Jeff McCreight.

TNG VOL. II Contest Winners: Knightville Poetry Contest winner: Kathleen Spivack; VOL. II Machigonne Fiction Contest winner: Dan Marmor. All Vol. II contests finalists and semi-finalists (both genres) are published in this issue.

The Vol. II Letters Section: "Writers to Superheroes and Supervillains." Letter contributors: Joe Wenderoth, Tim Siebles, Tod Goldberg, Fred Marchant, Michael Kimball, Ed Skoog, Carolina De Robertis, Aaron Hamburger, Sarah Braunstein, James Zimmerman, Alexandra Oliver & Mike Heppner. A special illustration by local artist dave naybor (Dave Peabody) precedes the letters and kicks off this volume's group.

TNG VOL. II includes a section called "Twenty Questions," TNG's ode to writers who have lived and worked in Maine. Writers playing 20Q in VOL. II are Tess Gerritsen, Liz Hand & former Maine Poet Laureate Baron Wormser.

We are also be featuring two established writers in this volume: Theodore Deppe & Cortright McMeel.

TNG is grateful to our incredible Vol. II judges: former U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic & novelist and author of The Pure Lover, DAVID PLANTE.

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TNG VOL. I features previously unpublished essays by two phenomenal Maine writers, Jaed Coffin & Bill Roorbach.

VOL. I Knightville Poetry Contest winner: William Derge; VOL. I Machigonne Fiction Contest winner: Payne Ratner.

Our most gracious VOL. I judges: former U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall & Good for the Jews author Debra Spark.

VOL. I letters: "Writers to Writers: Fan Letters to the Dead," a collection of fan letters to dead writers. Fan Letter contributors include: Sven Birkirts, Tom Grimes, Maxine Kumin, Thomas Lynch & Josip Novakovich.

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Founding Editor & Publisher:

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VOL. III Special Sections Editors:

Shanna McNair
Scott Wolven

VOL. III Contest Readers:

Richard Hoffman, Fiction
Shanna McNair, Fiction, Poetry
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THE NEW GUARD FREE READING SERIES at Longfellow Books

:: SPECIAL EVENT AT LONGFELLOW BOOKS IN PORTLAND, MAINE ::

The New Guard Editor's Reading at Longfellow Books on Monument Square in Portland, Maine July 11, from 7-8 PM. TNG Founding Editor Shanna McNair and TNG Special Sections Editor Scott Wolven will read selections of their own original fiction in a special one-time-only Editor's Reading. This event is free and open to the public.

Light refreshments will be offered for guests of the bookstore, and TNG Editors will be happy to sign your copy of The New Guard. Longfellow's carries all three volumes of The New Guard, including the newest, TNG Volume III. Volume III is nearly sold out, and Longfellow's is the only local store with remaining copies. See you at Longfellow's this Friday night!

PAST READINGS:

November 8th, 7 PM: All-Maine author reading! TNG Contributor Sarah Braunstein, TNG Contributor Jaed Coffin, and TNG Fiction Finalist Jefferson Navicky.

Sarah Braunstein is the author of The Sweet Relief of Missing Children. Honors include being named one of "5 Under 35" fiction writers by the national Book Foundation, and she was a 2007 recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award. Stories and essays have appeared (or are forthcoming) in Green Mountains Review, Five Chapters, AGNI, Ploughshares, Nylon Magazine, Maine Magazine, and on NPR’s All Things Considered.

Jaed Muncharoen Coffin is the author of A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants . Jaed has spoken widely at universities and colleges where his book is taught as a common text in multicultural curriculum initiatives. Honors include receiving the 2009 William Sloane Fellow at Bread Loaf Writers Conference and the 2009-10 Wilson Fellow in Creative Writing at Deerfield Academy. His forthcoming book, Roughhouse Friday, is about the year he fought as the middleweight champion of a barroom boxing show in Juneau, Alaska.

Jefferson Navicky is the author of the poetry chapbook, Map of the Second Person and his work has recently appeared in Quickfiction, Horse Less Review, Smokelong Quarterly, Interrobang!, and Tarpaulin Sky. He received a 2011 Good Idea Grant from the Maine Arts Commission for his six-play cycle, Redwing Solitaire, and his play, Lungfish, was chosen for the 2010 Maine Playwright's Festival.


August 3rd, 7 PM: Maine-based author and TNG Contributor Tess Gerritsen. Tess gave a special reading from her forthcoming novel, Last to Die, the newest in the Rizzoli and Isles series. Last to Die is to be released on August 28th. You can pre-order the book from Longfellow's! Buy local!

Tess Gerritsen was trained as a medical doctor and built a second career as a thriller writer. Her 23 novels include the Rizzoli and Isles crime series, on which the TV show "Rizzoli & Isles" is based. Among her titles are The Surgeon, Ice Cold, and The Silent Girl. Her books are translated into 37 languages and more than 20 million copies have been sold.

July 11, 7 PM: former U.S. Poet Laureate and TNG VOL. II Knightville Poetry Judge Charles Simic.

Charles Simic is a poet, translator, editor and essayist. He has put out over 30 books of poetry, has translated 15 books, and has published several books of essays. He won The Pulitzer Prize for his book, The World Doesn't End: Prose Poems. Other awards and fellowships include The Wallace Stevens Award, the Griffin International Poetry Prize, the Academy Fellowship and Guggenheim, MacArthur and National Endowment for the Arts grants. Simic was named a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets in 2000. He was also was elected to The American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1995.

Georgia Review correspondent Peter Stitt wrote: “The fact that [Simic] spent his first eleven years surviving World War II as a resident of Eastern Europe makes him a going-away-from-home writer in an especially profound way...He is one of the wisest poets of his generation, and one of the best.”

April 6th, 7 PM: An all-Maine author reading! TNG Editor and Contributor Bill Roorbach, TNG Editor and Contributor Scott Wolven, TNG Poetry Finalist Melissa Roberts, and TNG Founding Editor & Publisher Shanna McNair

Shanna McNair is the founder of TNG and The Writer’s Hotel. She writes fiction, poetry, scripts and the occasional article. She is an award-winning journalist with a background in the visual and performing arts. She has a novel and a book of short stories forthcoming.

Melissa Roberts is a student in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She lives in Maine.

Bill Roorbach is the author of eight books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Flannery O'Connor Prize and O. Henry Prize winner Big Bend (2001), Into Woods (2003), and Temple Stream (2005). Life Among Giants, a novel, is forthcoming this year. The 10th anniversary edition of his craft book, Writing Life Stories (2008), is used in writing programs around the world. Recently, Bill was a judge on Food Network All Star Challenge, evaluating incredible Life Stories cakes. Bill’s work has been published in Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, The New York Times Magazine, Granta, and dozens of other magazines and journals.

Scott Wolven is a TNG Editor and an Editor at The Writer's Hotel. He is the author of the short story collection, Controlled Burn. His stories have appeared seven years in a row in The Best American Mystery Stories Series, the most consecutive appearances in the history of the series. The title story of the collection appeared in Best American Noir of the Century.

SUBMISSIONS

THE NEW GUARD VOLUME IV
contest submission period has closed. Thank you so much to all of our entrants! Writing submissions came in from all over the world. We're so excited to settle in and read this work! Contest winners will be announced within two months, by September 15, 2014. Thank you again from all of us at The New Guard.

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR OUR CONTESTS IN FICTION & POETRY.

MACHIGONNE FICTION CONTEST: $1,000 for an exceptional 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.

Judged by Letters to Wendy's author Joe Wenderoth.

KNIGHTVILLE POETRY CONTEST: $1,000 for an exceptional poem in any form. Three poems per entry. Up to 150 lines per poem. Please submit all three poems in a single document.

Judged by National Book Award Finalist and author of Fast Animal, Tim Siebles. Tim Siebles just won the Theodore Roethke Poetry Prize this July.

You may submit as many contest entries as you like, as often as you like. 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. We accept previously unpublished work only. Any size print run or online publication (including blogs and/or social networking) disqualify an entry. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, provided we're notified upon publication elsewhere. If we accept your story or poem for publication, we trust you will remove that story or poem from all other contests upon our acceptance of your work. Please note that we do not publish illustrations.

Contest winners and all finalists get one free copy of The New Guard, and each submission will be carefully considered for publication. Final judging is blind.

TNG retains standard first publication rights; all rights immediately revert to the writer upon publication. We are presently accepting contest submissions only. Please note that we no longer accept submissions via postal mail.

Please direct all submission questions to info@newguardreview.com.


BANG!

Bang! authors are showcased individually here online. Each author installment is made up of three pieces in any combination: poetry shorts (20 lines) or fiction or nonfiction (500 words each) for thirty days. Bang! pieces are not published in The New Guard. Work is meant to be very short--flash-short--so that the pieces on Bang! serve as a kind of calling card for the author. Bang! installments run from the first to the first of every month.

Submit your work to be considered for Bang! below.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT TO BANG!

All work on must be previously unpublished. The entry fee is $20. Submission period runs all year round.
















Our August BANG! author is Marcia Popp. Marcia’s poetry appeared in both Volume I and Volume II of The New Guard. Marcia Popp is an invited contributor.

Marcia Popp is a retired university professor and the author of three textbooks, two biographies and the poetry collection, Comfort in Small Rooms. Individual poems from this collection won the 2008 Robert Cohn Prose Poetry Award, appeared in Best New Poets 2008, are included in the online anthology, In the Heydays of His Eyes, and have been read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac. Other poems have appeared in The Bellingham Review, The Atlanta Review, The New Guard, The Mom Egg Review, Memoir and Naugatuck River Review. She was also Hunger Mountain’s runner-up for the 2010 Katherine Paterson Prize.




Marcia Popp




Poetry by Marcia Popp



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you can’t be angry at your mother until she dies


and even then it is unfair because she cannot say oh i didn’t mean that you took it the wrong way

i was doing my best for god’s sake you must be mistaken i would never do/say/think that it must

be some other mother you’re thinking of it’s even worse if your mother died when you were born

and you can’t forgive her even though it wasn’t her fault or she died very young and you must

keep her alive with only good memories to stave off the grief of early loss or if she is sick or

disabled and you must be the caretaker and give her your best self for time out of time when she

is long-lived she will haunt your very reflection in the mirror as you worry that you are turning

into her running her words through your mind and out of your mouth at unguarded times living

with the curses wait until you are thirty five years old and left with two children to raise on your

own wait until you are ninety-seven and no one will do what you ask even if you pay them so the

alternative is to feel guilty until there is a silence at the end of reflection that leaves a vacuum for

anger to fill not just that space but all the spaces left behind for so many years put aside for a

rainy day when you weren’t expecting a flood of compounded grief to burst the restraints put in

place over the years to stop this very thing from happening




dominus vobiscum


at academic dinners they always asked me to say grace me the young atheist although they did

not know this at the time now in old age i wonder who else around the table sat tolerant while i

rambled on in formal words addressing someone i temporarily imagined into existence with no

hope of a listener thanking him ingenuously for the fact that we had something to eat while many

people had nothing i could not let these kinds of thoughts in during a prayer or i would be

shouting about unfairness the death of starving children destruction war once started along these

lines the conversation would surely deteriorate into the irrationality of pain predation and death

topics endlessly debated by humans but not by the one supposedly responsible scripture

declarations to the contrary i could imagine all kinds of responses from the supposed instigator

who might say he only got it started the rest just kind of happened mankind took over and things

went from bad to hell so he let a few spokesmen suggest maybe humanity deserved all the

suffering because of personal sins or parents’ misdeeds or sorry but he couldn’t control the

comets floods fires plagues tsunami hurricanes volcanoes and things got out of hand after a few

millennia it might all have looked possible and orderly in the beginning but




war music


one night while we were listening to jack benny on the radio nicky suddenly sat up put his nose in the air

and howled at nothing a few seconds later the air raid sirens raced down the street into the house to tell

us to turn off the lights pull down the blackout shades so that not one drop of light would spill out and

give a target to enemy planes that howie next door said probably could not reach peoria but it didn’t

hurt to be ready just in case while nicky howled and howled my father found his warden’s helmet badge

and flashlight and disappeared into the night to check for lights in the neighborhood my mother thought

that nicky howled because the sirens hurt his ears so she wrapped heavy socks around them but then he

seemed droopy as we sat in the dark listening to the dogs outside sing in harmony with the sirens when

my father got home he said what has happened to the dog i said the sirens hurt his ears so mother

wrapped them up but my father unwrapped them and said no he was howling because he thought that

others in his pack were calling to him what did the sirens say to nicky my father said they probably told

him he was not alone





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Poetry © Marcia Popp, 2014. All rights reserved by author.


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THE WRITER'S HOTEL

THE WRITER'S HOTEL MASTER CLASS IN FICTION & NONFICTION, JUNE 10-16, 2015: NEW YORK CITY

From vision to page: new focus for writers in the heart of NYC.

Deadline is March 7, 2015.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR THE WRITER'S HOTEL MASTER CLASS 2015

The Writer's Hotel & TNG are hosting a Writer's Workshop Master Class in Fiction and Nonfiction in the NYC Midtown area. Our events are to be held between three writer's hotels, The Algonquin Hotel, The Library Hotel and The Bryant Park Hotel. Workshops will take place at The Library Hotel Writer's Den, Poetry Garden and Executive Boardroom and workshops, lectures and seminars will be given at The Bryant Park Hotel Terrace Loft and The Loft.

The June, 2015 Master Class will include the genres of Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry. Our conference is centered on craft and the publishing industry. Each writer participates in an intensive Master Class workshop with a TWH instructor. There will be several lectures and seminars on craft. There will be agent speed dating and a seminar given by acquisitions editors. Writers get the opportunity to interact with those agents and editors face-to-face, and to present their best work for consideration.

Workshop Leaders are TWH Editor Scott Wolven, and TWH Founder and Director Shanna McNair instructing in Fiction; Richard Hoffman and Elyssa East, instructing in Nonfiction and Alexandra Oliver, instructing in Poetry. There will also be special guest lecturers in all three genres.

Each accepted writer has the unusual opportunity to read their own original work at an NYC venue on one of our reading nights. Each writer will be named on one of our TWH posters for the event. Our venues for student writers will include KGB Bar Lit's Red Room and Cornelia Street Cafe. Faculty readings will be held at The Half King and Kinokuniya. Our reading series is called "The Writer's Hotel Reading Series" and is curated specially for each Master Class.

Accepted Master Class participants get the added benefit of having TWH Editors read their manuscripts twice before the Master Class in June, helping to tighten up manuscripts for presentation to our agents on site. TWH Editors will also be available to help students for two weeks after the Master Class has ended, until July 1, 2015. The sooner a writer is accepted to the program, the sooner a writer will be able to begin the editing process with TWH Editors.

In order to give our Master Class its proper backdrop, we will host literary walking tours during the conference, in order to honor writers and writing, in a city so steeped in literary history. We are also including a guided game of "Wink, Murder" at The Algonquin Hotel, a parlor game made famous by NYC's so-called "Vicious Circle."

Many seats have been reserved, and the process is selective. If you are accepted, you will be part of an exclusive group of writers.

Please inquire at Editors@WritersHotel.com for more details. We hope to see you there!

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TWH WRITING SERVICES

Your conference just ended. Your MFA is over, or maybe you decided the MFA wasn't for you. You're yearning for more attention and guidance as you work your way through your manuscript. Maybe you're coming to us after a lifetime of writing on your own; maybe you are looking to step up your game. No matter what the reason, we are here for you. What's that you're feeling? You want to keep writing! It's time to complete your book. We will help you every step of the way.

THE WRITER'S HOTEL is the teaching and editorial arm of THE NEW GUARD. We offer intensive, one-on-one Private Study and Manuscript Evaluation. Our Private Study is much like a graduate-level Creative Writing course, and we aim to give you the same results at a fraction of the cost.


WRITING SERVICES:

Private Study/Creative Writing Instruction/Coaching

Manuscript Evaluation

TWH EDITORS:

Shanna McNair is the founder of TNG and The Writer’s Hotel. She writes fiction, poetry, scripts and the occasional article. She is an award-winning journalist with a background in the visual and performing arts. She has a novel and a book of short stories forthcoming.

"Shanna McNair has an eagle-eye and a deep understanding of the intricacies of the writing process. As editor of The New Guard, she helped me bring my memoir/essay on Saul Bellow into focus and being. Thank you Shanna!" --Fred Marchant, poet, scholar and author of The Looking House and Tipping Point.

Scott Wolven is a TNG Editor and he is also an Editor at The Writer’s Hotel. He is the author of the short story collection, Controlled Burn. His stories have appeared seven years in a row in The Best American Mystery Stories Series, the most consecutive appearances in the history of the series. The title story of the collection appeared in Best American Noir of the Century.

Praise for Scott Wolven's writing: "Wolven has turned raw, unreconciled life into startling, evocative, and very good short stories. He draws on a New England different from Updike’s and even Dubus’, but his fictive lives--no less than theirs--render the world newly, and full of important consequence." --Richard Ford, author of Independence Day and Canada.

We promise you will emerge from The Writer's Hotel a more confident writer. It is our goal to help you become the best writer you can be.

You will always have two sets of eyes on your work. Both editors will review your material, giving extensive line edits and detailed comments. Fiction and Creative Nonfiction students can expect us to study everything on the page, including plot, character development, dialogue, sentence structure and narrative arc. Poetry students will receive responses involving the elements of poetry, such as use of form, line breaks, rhythm, tone and imagery. Poetry students will also get line edits and detailed responses to each piece. Email communication is unlimited, phone communication is as needed.

Aside from our popular Private Study, we are also available for general copyediting and proofing--you tell us what you want and we will deliver. We will tailor a program to suit you.

The Writer's Hotel Editors are professional writers, teachers and editors. We enjoy helping our fellows. Where appropriate, we will seek agency connections for our writers.

Please email us at Editors@WritersHotel.com for information on current rates. We look forward to reading your work!


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