THE NEW GUARD 2012 CONTESTS
Our 2012 contests are open! Entry period is March 1-June 18, 2012 (postmark). Entries are $15.
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 We do not publish illustrations.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.
KNIGHTVILLE POETRY CONTEST JUDGE
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.
MACHIGONNE FICTION CONTEST JUDGE
Rick Bass grew up in Houston, and started writing short stories on his
lunch breaks while working as a petroleum geologist in Jackson,
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
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
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
TNG retains standard first publication rights; all rights immediately
revert to the writer upon publication. Please note that TNG cannot
return manuscripts. We are not presently accepting submissions aside
from our contests.
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pay the entry fee; alternatively, please mail your submission to the
address below, with a $15 check payable to TNG. Enter as many times as
you like, and best of luck. We're excited to read your work!
THE NEW GUARD
P.O. Box 10612
Portland, ME 04104