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Please note we are not accepting unsolicited submissions at this time. Manuscripts submitted via this contact form will not be read. Please submit via our Submittable portal if you'd like your work considered, or if you would like to apply to The Writer's Hotel writing conference. Our contests in fiction and poetry will reopen in January or February. Please check back then if you'd like to enter a contest. We do accept submissions year-round for our BANG! online author feature. 

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The New Guard is a contest-centered review, publishing at least 40 emerging writers each year. Present contest judges are Stephen Dunn and Sarah Braunstein. 

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. 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 is 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 Master Class in Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry, and we also work with writers to develop their writing via our online component, Private Study. 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.

Give us your ire, your lore, your guarded passage. 

         Video by Patrick Rioux, score by Shanna McNair.

The New Guard presents a curious mixture of the traditional narrative with the experimental, whether it is intimate fan letters to long-deceased authors, short stories showcasing mythical transformations, or free-verse poems.
— NewPages

The New Guard is a must-read for anyone seeking to hone his or her craft.
— The Portland Phoenix


Our organization holds a membership with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) in the Writers' Conferences and Centers (WC&C) community, and we hold a membership with the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP).

Donations are welcome! We work hard every day to serve writers, in practice and in print. Donations may be mailed to our postal address, payable to The New Guard or The Writer's Hotel, or you can simply click on the donation button below. Every dollar counts for writers! Donations are tax deductible. 



Typewriter art on this site © Pablo Gamboa Santos.  The pieces were originally shown as "Querty Project" in Quito, Ecuador.