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Thanks to all who entered our Volume VIII contests in fiction & poetry! The New Guard Volume VIII Machigonne Fiction Contest Judge was Rick Moody and our Vol VIII Knightville Poetry Contest Judge was Patricia Smith. Scroll down for our Volume VIII Winners, Finalists and Semi-Finalists in each category, meet our two contest winners and read our judges's comments.

We are also having a Black Friday weekend sale for pre-orders on TNG Vol VIII! From November 23-27, TNG Vol VIII pre-orders will be discounted from $25 to $20 a copy. CLICK HERE FOR OUR TNG VOL.VIII PRE-ORDER SALE. 

::Our next contest will be open in January, 2019, judges TBA. We are currently accepting short fiction, nonfiction and poetry pieces year-round for our online edition: BANG! CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT TO BANG!::

 Announcing our TNG Vol. VIII Winners, Finalists and Semi-Finalists 

Thos. West.

Thos. West.

Machigonne Fiction Contest Winner: Thos. West, “The View From Beachy Head”

Thos. West was born in England and educated at Oxford and elsewhere. He currently lives and works in Seoul. This is his first fiction publication.

Damen O’Brien.

Damen O’Brien.

Knightville Poetry Contest Winner:
Damen O'Brien, “Once Upon a Time” 

Damen O’Brien is an Australian poet and a Senior Contracts Manager in an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle company. He has won or been shortlisted in a number of poetry prizes in Australia including the Peter Porter Poetry Prize, Yeats Poetry Prize, Ipswich Poetry Feast, the KSP Poetry Award, the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize, ACU Poetry Prize, Val Vallis Award and Newcastle Poetry Prize. Damen is currently working on his first collection of poetry for publication.

TNG Vol. VIII Machigonne Fiction Judge Rick Moody's comments:

"The View from Beachy Head” gives great evidence of a new writer thinking about the form of the short story. It’s not only funny, tragic, and moving, that is, but it also has some really powerfully confident and new approaches to how a story might do what it does. The idea of the piece, which would seem to concern spectacle and the way that literature is reduced to personality for the greater consumption of a mass audience, is kin to the early spectacle-based stories of George Saunders, perhaps, but where Saunders was often studiously avoidant of meta-fictional commentary, the author of “Beachy Head” tweaks the realistic fabulism of a Saunders or a Kelly Link and works in a weary awareness of cults of Plath, Woolf, Sexton, and Saphho, and the make-it-new ethics of modernism. This is a smart twist on a by-now well understood way of thinking about irrealism.

The writing of the whole of the story, both in the narrative passages and in the dialogue, is tremendously effective, full of twists and turns that payoff both in the first reading and in subsequent ones, and the characterizations of Kat and Michael are very well handled. They’re real people, and also funny, emblematic people. But even this virtuosity I’ve already catalogued doesn’t begin to account, for example, for the dialogic passages in the last third of this story that seem to include the bracketed fragments of Sappho in translation (especially as preserved by Anne Carson). This is a clever, and very moving gambit, in a story that already verges on speculative fiction and experimental writing. All in all, “Beachy Head” is one of the freshest and most vital new short stories I’ve read in a while. I admire it a lot." 

—Rick Moody

TNG Vol. VIII Knightville Poetry Contest Judge Patricia Smith's comments:

"Reading the poem [Once Upon a Time] felt like strolling into a sensory-drenched snippet of cinema. I could feel my heart breaking, could feel that "just this once" resound like a tender dirge, but I still wanted to keep walking, I wanted it all, I never wanted that damned poem to end."  Patricia Smith

Mary Switalski, “Where Were We Out There?”
D. S. Englander, “The Retreat”
Anna Scotti, “What Anyone Would Think”
Laurel McCaull, “A Beginner's Guide to Scattering Ashes”
Margaret Besser, “Bruise”
Martin Penman, “Father Ethan Rides the Streetcar”
Katherine Rooks, “On Top of the World”
Lisa Ellison, “A Bit of Heaven”
Ronan Ryan, “Danger, Love, Magic”

Robert Harder, “Synchronizing My Pratt and Whitneys”
Jason Lachick, “Dandelion”
Paul Corning, “Purple”
Laurence Levey, “Townie”
Julia Ballerini, “Environmental Lapses”
Nancy Ludmerer, “The Spirit of the Staircase”
Charlene D’Avanzo, “Death Done Well is Expensive”
Christina Chiu, “Bootman”
Bernie McQuillan, “Bloody Bundoran”
Amber Kusmenko, “Jail, Not Prison” Roger Popper, “Carry-On Luggage”

Heather Altfeld, “Raccoon Obituary”
Diana Tokaji, “Jail Dance with Baby”
Lloyd Milburn, “Blanket Dance”
Valarie Hastings, “Searching for Dandelion Greens”
Justin Danzy, “You know the rules, kill them all and keep moving”
Heidi Seaborn, “This America’s Life”
S. Erin Batiste, “At Trader Joe’s in South  Pasadena” John Sibley Williams, “Backyard Hymnal”
David Cappella, “The Sledgehammer”

Mark Weaver, “Endless”
Jane Zwart, “What We Survive”
Robert Clinton, “Night Sailing” Joan Crate, “Lisa, screaming”
Amy Alvarez, “Easter, 1986”
George Drew, “Letter to David: Of Pigs & Myth”
Peter Patapis, “Rivulet”
Gregory Loselle, “Please Do Not Touch the Art”
Pete Follansbee, “When I Stay By Myself”
Louis Girón, “The Museum of Broken Relationships, Zagreb, Croatia”
Desiree Hellegers, “Dumbo Elegies”

::Please note that we observe a blind judging process. Each TNG Judge reads finalist entries with all author names removed. And each volume is judged by authors who are unique to that contest; our contest judges do not repeat.::


RICK MOODY is the author of numerous novels, including Garden StateThe Ice StormThe Four Fingers of Death, The Diviners, and Purple America and Hotels of North AmericaRight Livelihoods, a book of three novellas, was published in 2007. His collections of short fiction include The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven and DemonologyThe Black Veil: A Memoir with Digressions was a winner of the NAMI/Ken Book Award and the PEN Martha Albrand prize for excellence in the memoir. His collection of essays, On Celestial Music, was published in 2012. Moody is the recipient of the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Guggenheim fellowship.

“Rick Moody is the gutsiest writer of his generation.” —Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“[Moody is] that rare writer who can make the language do tricks and still suffuse his narrative with soul.” —Esquire

“Funny, fierce, and generous, Moody’s maximalist prose gives the writer leeway, and the reader pleasure. Sometimes swashbuckling, sometimes laserlike, he can spin out the absurdity of human behavior in giddy syntactic arabesques, or nail it with a single noun.” —The Boston Globe


PATRICIA SMITH is the author of eight books of poetry, including Incendiary Art, winner of the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the 2017 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the 2018 NAACP Image Award, and finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize; Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah,  winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets; Blood Dazzler, a National Book Award finalist; and Gotta Go, Gotta Flow, a collaboration with award-winning Chicago photographer Michael Abramson.  Her other books include the poetry volumes Teahouse of the AlmightyClose to DeathBig Towns Big TalkLife According to Motown; the children's book Janna and the Kings and the history Africans in America, a companion book to the award-winning PBS series. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, The Baffler, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Tin House and in Best American PoetryBest American Essays and Best American Mystery Stories. She co-edited The Golden Shovel Anthology—New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks and edited the crime fiction anthology Staten Island Noir

She is a Guggenheim fellow, a Civitellian, a National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient, a finalist for the Neustadt Prize, a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize, a former fellow at both Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and a four-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam, the most successful poet in the competition’s history. Patricia is a professor at the College of Staten Island and in the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College, as well as an instructor at the annual VONA residency and in the Vermont College of Fine Arts Post-Graduate Residency Program.

The new guard CONTEST GUidelines 

::Our next contest will be open in January, 2018, judges TBA.::

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. 

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. 

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. 

::Our next contest will be open in January, 2019, judges TBA. We are currently accepting short fiction, nonfiction and poetry pieces year-round for our online edition: BANG! 

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