The New Engagement publishes literature and art telling stories of resistance and resilience from the POC, LGBTQI, and indigenous communities, and by anyone whose work is socially conscious, intensely personal, nuanced, and not afraid to explore issues of race, ethnicity, gender, class, ability or other intersectional boundaries, as well as our relationships to both the built and natural environment. We are proud to publish writing of the highest caliber from seasoned authors along with the fresh voices of new writers who have never before been published.
Every quarter we release an online issue that features 6-8 works of literature (short fiction, poetry, essays, drama) and 3-6 pieces of art (paintings, illustrations, photography, and short films or feature film clips). We consistently feature our writers and artists in organic and paid promotions via our traditional marketing and social media channels, which are growing every month, to reach the widest audience possible. We want our contributors' works to be seen, read, and enjoyed! We also publish a bi-annual print edition featuring some of the best of our submissions. As of January 2017, our annual online audience stands at approximately 48,000 users and 120,000 page views.
We awarded our 2016 James Baldwin Literature Prize of $1,000 to a poetry collection by Hafsa Musa and $1,000 in Flash Fiction Awards to Thomas Garcia, Rick Krizman, and Rios de la Luz. Details on forthcoming contests can be viewed on our website. We also nominate six writers every autumn for a Pushcart Prize.
Our team primarily consists of two founders, Brian Alessandro and Lupe Rodarte, who personally read every submission and manage every aspect of operations. Please see our biographies for more details.