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WRITING CONTESTS

The new guard VOL. VI CONTESTS IN FICTION & POETRY

Announcing our Volume VI Winners, Finalists and Semi-Finalists!

The New Guard Vol VI Knightville Poetry Contest Judge was the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Stephen Dunn, and TNG's Vol VI Machigonne Fiction Contest Judge was the author Sarah Braunstein.  

Thank you to all who entered our Volume VI contests in fiction and poetry. Submissions came in from all over the world! What an exciting contest cycle. Competition was at an all-time high. It was an honor to have a look at so much new work. Your writing is our inspiration. 

The winners were chosen in a blind process by Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Stephen Dunn and the incredible author, Sarah Braunstein. Stephen had this to say about the winning Knightville Poetry Contest poem he selected, written by George Drew: Letter to Serge, of Computers & Drones: "[Drew's poem] is political without being preachy, and has a consistency of diction that is full of quiet surprises."  Sarah called Machigonne Fiction Contest Winner Anita Cabrera's story, That Thing, coolly restrained, radical and clear-eyed, and said the narrative "...resists easy equivalences. It has the air of a fable, and yet describes the body with hyperreal clarity. It is about a girl whose life is hard and interesting, whose body gives her gifts that she learns to manage but not (as many would like) to repress."

Thanks again to all who entered, and thanks to our winners, finalists and semi-finalists for the honor of publishing such fine work. 

TNG Vol. VI cover art is the painting, "The Last Days of Gravity." Digital on metal, 0.1 x 12 x 18 inches. © Ralph Verano, 2014. The book is available for pre-order on the bookstore page of this site. 

::General contest rules and guidelines are below the winners and finalists lists for your information. The next TNG contest cycle will begin on March 1, 2017, for TNG Vol. VII. Judges are TBA.::


George Drew

KNIGHTVILLE POETRY CONTEST WINNER

George Drew, Letter to Serge: of Computers & Drones

Chosen by Stephen Dunn

George Drew is the author of seven collections, most recently Pastoral Habits: New & Selected Poems (2016). His eighth, Fancy's Orphan, is forthcoming in 2017. He is widely published and his work also been anthologized, most recently in The Southern Poetry Anthology, II: Mississippi. His new and selected collection, Pastoral Habits, was nominated by Texas Review Press for the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Paterson Poetry Prize. Among other distinctions, his collection, American Cool, won the 2009 Adirondack Literary Award for best poetry book. George Drew grew up in both Mississippi and in New York State, where he currently lives.


Anita Cabrera

MACHIGONNE FICTION CONTEST WINNER

Anita Cabrera, That Thing

Chosen by Sarah Braunstein

Anita Cabrera is San Francisco-based teacher and editor whose short stories, creative nonfiction and poetry examine themes of family, addiction, and redemption. Her work has appeared in the Berkeley Poetry Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, Colere, Brain, Child Magazine, Acentos Review, Squaw Valley Review and TheRavensPerch.com. She wrote her winning story while a writer-in-residence at The Ragdale Foundation.


KNIGHTVILLE POETRY CONTEST  FINALISTS


THE GOOD NEWS, Katie Bickham

POISED, Tony Brusate

SOY EL MISMO HASTA AHORA, Christopher Buckley

DELETIONS, Laton Carter

RUG, Pete Follansbee

PLEASE, Madeline Gilmore

BROKEN SERVE, William A. Greenfield

NEGOTIATIONS WITH A BLIND INSTRUMENT, AT Hincapie

KNOCKING THE STARS SENSELESS, Clif Mason
 
IANUA: DAY ZERO PLUS EIGHT, Jude Nutter

THE WEATHER OF DREAMS, Brittney Scott

 


KNIGHTVILLE POETRY CONTEST  SEMI-FINALISTS

THE WHIP, Mary Elise Bailey

BOG PEOPLE, Cornelia Blair

THE JENKINS BOY, CW Emerson

SOFT, Dan Hoefler

MOVE TO EL NORTE, Kate Kingston

PICKING THE RIGHT SUIT FOR HIS FUNERAL, Bruce Sager

FERN CANYON, Joyce Schmid

BECAUSE THE NURSES WORE WHITE, Anna Scotti

SOMEBODY WAKE THE VERB, David Tucker

BALLOONING, Felicia Zamora

 


MACHIGONNE FICTION CONTEST FINALISTS

 

JAMAIS VU, Mason Boyles

NO STRINGS, Kathleen Crisci

HONEYSUCKLE ASH, Charles Ramsay McCrory

IF THE CLOWN MASKS WEREN’T IN THE WAY, George Looney

PLANET OF ONE, Laura Nagle

VENOM, Sam Keck Scott

SEA CHANGE, Cathy Larson Sky

THE SOUND OF AVA, Pascha Sotolongo


MACHIGONNE FICTION CONTEST SEMI-FINALISTS


TIPPY, Mark Brandi

WALKING HOME, Steven LaFond
  
THE OLD ROAD, Matt Harris

GOOD FRIDAY, John Christopher Nelson

SNOW IN BUENOS AIRES, Matthew Joseph Ruggirello

GOLDILOCKS, Mark Wagstaff  


The new guard GENERAL CONTEST GUidelines 

 

Please submit a word document or PDF. International entries are welcome.  Simultaneous submissions are accepted, provided we're notified upon publication elsewhere. Entrants have no submission entry limit. Each submission is carefully considered for publication. Please include your name on the first page of your contest entry. We will remove your name in the final stages of judging. Final judging is done blind, by that volume's appointed judges. 

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. 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. Please note that we do not presently accept unsolicited submissions--we are considering contest entries only at this time. 

KNIGHTVILLE POETRY CONTEST: $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. TNG Vol VII Judge is TBA. $20 entry fee.

MACHIGONNE FICTION CONTEST: $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. Novel excerpts are welcome if the excerpt functions as a stand-alone story. TNG Vol VII Judge is TBA.  $20 entry fee.

::Our contests will reopen March 1, 2017, for the TNG Vol VII cycle..::


MORE ABOUT TNG VOL VI JUDGES:


STEPHEN DUNN is the author of seventeen collections of poetry, including the recent collection, Lines of Defense (W.W. Norton.) Dunn has won The Pulitzer Prize, the Academy Award in Literature, fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, three NEA Creative Writing Fellowships, a Distinguished Artist Fellowship from the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Levinson and Oscar Blumenthal Prizes from Poetry, the Theodore Roethke Prize from Poetry Northwest and many others. He is Distinguished Professor (emeritus) of Creative Writing at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, and has also taught at Columbia University, NYU, University of Michigan, Princeton and the University of Washington. He has read his poetry at The Library of Congress, and at many universities and colleges throughout the country.  Dunn was born in Forest Hills, NY in 1939, and earned his BA in History from Hofstra University in 1962. He attended the New School 1964 to 1966 and received his Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Syracuse University in 1970. In addition to his books, his work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Georgia Review, and The American Poetry Review, to name just a few. 


SARAH BRAUNSTEIN is the author of The Sweet Relief of Missing Children (W.W. Norton). The novel was a finalist for the 2011 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and was the winner of the 2012 Maine Literary Award. In 2010 she was named one of “5 Under 35” fiction writers by the National Book Foundation, and she received a 2007 Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award. Stories and essays have appeared in such publications as The New YorkerAGNIPloughsharesThe SunNylon MagazineMaine Magazine, and on NPR’s All Things Considered. A play, String Theory: Three Greek Myths Woven Together (co-written by Michael Barakiva and Amy Boyce Holtcamp) was produced in New York City and at Vassar College. Sarah has taught at Harvard University Extension School & Summer School and at Stanford University Online Writer’s Studio, and presently teaches at the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine and Colby College. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and an MSW from Smith College School for Social Work. She is based in Portland, Maine.