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We can't wait to read your work--enter now if you haven't yet! $2K in prizes and publication for the winners and all finalists. Submit as many times as you like, in either genre, and best of luck! 

Entry period is March 1-June 18, 2012 (postmark). Entries are $15, and both online and mail-in entries are accepted.

Our 2012 issue will include contributors Sharon Olds, Marge Piercy, Madeleine Blais, Erin Belieu, Stephen Byler (among others!) and interviews with Maine writers Patrick QuinlanLewis RobinsonElizabeth Miles and Joe Loughlin. Our letters section is, simply, "Love Letters." Cover art will be by Maine artist Matt Welch. Stay tuned for more information on this very special forthcoming issue. 

Subscription options are available online on our website, and most books are on sale at a 20% discount.

THE NEW GUARD is an annual independent literary review proudly founded in Portland, Maine. Our troupe is humble. Our mission is big. THE NEW GUARD is here to showcase the new writer alongside established writersbut we’re taking it one step further. We aim to juxtapose the traditional with the experimental and create an entirely new dialogue.

In a time of publishing crisis, THE NEW GUARD Literary Review is here to stand up and put on the gloves for those good stories and poems.


 Our mailing address:

P.O. Box 10612
Portland, ME 04104

Team TNG 2011:
Shanna McNair
(Chief & Founding Editor: Fiction, Poetry & Special Sections)
Richard Hoffman (Fiction Reader)
Scott Wolven (Fiction Reader, Editor in Special Sections)

KNIGHTVILLE POETRY CONTEST: $1,000 for an exceptional work of narrative and/or experimental poetry. Three poems per entry. Up to 300 lines per poem. Judged by National Poetry Series winner JEANNE MARIE BEAUMONT.

MACHIGONNE FICTION CONTEST: $1,000 for an exceptional work of literary and/or experimental fiction. Submit up to 7,500 words: anything from flash to the long story. Novel excerpts are welcome if the manuscript functions as a stand-alone story. We do not publish illustrations. Judged by Novelist and Essayist RICK BASS.


Jeanne Marie Beaumont is the author of three books of poetry, most recently, Burning of the Three Fires, which was a finalist for the 2011 Writers’ League of Texas Book Award, and Curious Conduct. Her first book, Placebo Effects, was selected as a winner in the National Poetry Series. She also won the Dana Award for Poetry and The Greensboro Review literary award for poetry. Her poems have been included in two dozen anthologies and textbooks, including Good Poems for Hard Times, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, The Norton Introduction to Literature, 9th ed., and Poetry Daily: 366 Poems from the World's Most Popular Poetry Website. She was co-editor of the literary magazine, American Letters & Commentary, from 1992-2000. With Claudia Carlson, she co-edited the anthology, The Poets' Grimm: Twentieth Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales.

"Afraid So," a poem from Curious Conduct, was made into a short film by the same name (narrated by Garrison Keillor) by award-winning filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt. The movie has been screened at numerous international film festivals, on the IFC, and at the Museum of Modern Art. She served as director of the annual Advanced Poetry Seminar from 2006-2010, and she currently teaches at both The Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan, and at the Stonecoast MFA Program in Maine.


Rick Bass grew up in Houston, and started writing short stories on his lunch breaks while working as a petroleum geologist in Jackson, Mississippi.

Bass has published more than 20 books of essays and novels, and has worked passionately for environmental causes all over the world. His honors and awards include a PEN/Nelson Algren Award Special Citation for fiction, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and the James Jones Literary Society First Novel Fellowship for Where the Sea Used to Be. He was a finalist for the Story Prize in 2006 for his short story collection The Lives of Rocks. He was a finalist of the National Book Critics Circle Award for his autobiography, Why I Came West. He was also awarded the General Electric Younger Writers Award.

Bass lives in the remote Yaak Valley of Montana, where he works to protect his adopted home from roads and logging. He serves on the board of both the Yaak Valley Forest Council and Round River Conservation Studies. His papers are held at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University and Texas State University–San Marcos.

THE NEW GUARD 2012 contest readers are looking forward to reading your work! You can submit online via our submissions manager or by postal mail with a check for the entry fee, which is $15 for either contest. Contest winners and all finalists get two free copies of TNG, and each submission will be carefully considered for publication. Final judging is blind.

We accept .doc or similar files–no PDFs, please. We do pay strict attention to word and line count. TNG accepts previously unpublished work only. Any size print run or online publication (including blogs and/or social networking) disqualify your 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.

TNG retains standard first publication rights; all rights immediately revert to the writer upon publication. Please note that TNG cannot return manuscripts. We do not have open submissions at this time. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at

Visit our website for more details! And best of luck!

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


THE NEW GUARD IS ON SALE on our website! $22 for the current issue or $30 for a set of the 2010 issue and the 2011 issue: 

You can also order your copy via postal mail, with a check payable to The New Guard. Please contact us at for tax (in Maine only) and rates to your zip code.

We will be publishing print editions of TNG onlythere will be no online publication.


TNG's 2011 issue is historic. We have printed a previously unpublished work by Ralph Ellison, "A Storm of Blizzard Proportions" (1944) along with Photostats of the original story from The Library of Congress, and an interview of John Callahan, Mr. Ellison's literary executor, by Scott Wolven. 

Our contests were judged by former US Poet Laureate Charles Simic and novel of The Pure Lover, David Plante!
Winners were Kathleen Spivack in Poetry and Dan Marmor in Fiction.

The 2011 Letters Section is "Writers to Superheroes & Supervillains." Contributors: Tim Seibles, Joe Wenderoth, Tod Goldberg, Michael Kimball, Carolina de Robertis, Ed Skoog, Aaron Hamburger, Sarah Braunstein, Fred Marchant, Alexandra Oliver, James Zimmerman and Mike Heppner; Edited by Shanna McNair. Special artwork for section included, by Maine illustrator, dave naybor.

TNG 2011 cover art is by Maine artist Jeff McCreight, and his original acrylic painting hangs over the bar at Local 188 in Portland, Maine.
Our new section, "Twenty Questions," honors Maine's rich writing tradition. It's TNG's ode to writers who have lived and worked in Maine. Each issue, a number of writers will answer our questionnaire, geared toward the writing life. Writers will have license with the questionsso that readers get a real chance to sit with the personality of the writer for a moment. Writers playing 20Q for the 2011 issue: Tess GerritsenLiz Hand and Baron Wormser

We also featured two established writers in this volume: Theodore Deppe, Poetry and Cortright McMeel, Fiction.

TNG 2010 includes fine contributors and contest winners, such as Maxine Kumin, Sven Birkerts, Josip Novakovitch, Afaa Michael Weaver, Jaed Coffin and Bill Roorbach. Winners were Payne Ratner in Fiction and William Derge in Poetry. Judges were former US Poet Laureate Donald Hall and author of "Good for the Jews," Debra Spark.

Thank you for supporting The New Guard!


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 TNG is sold locally in Maine at Longfellow Books, USM Bookstore, Devaney Doak and Garrett, Colby Bookstore and Nonesuch Books. TNG is also sold in Manhattan at McNally Jackson and in Los Angeles at Skylight Books. TNG is of course also available for purchase online at our website. Copies of our 2010 edition (trade paperback) are $15. Pre-orders of the 2011 book are $20 ($22 regular price).


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