About | The New Engagement



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.



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Mercy, ingenuity, nuance, complex truths, guts and honor still matter! Join us in proclaiming so by purchasing, or giving the gift of, The New Engagement in print.

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"You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive."
~ James Baldwin

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Contests & Prizes

Flash Fiction Contest
On May 1st, we announced the winners of our Flash Fiction Contest: Thomas Garcia (1st), Rick Krizman (2nd), and Rios de la Luz (3rd). Read more.

The James Baldwin Literature Prize
It is with great pleasure that we announce the winner of The James Baldwin Literature Prize of $1,000 to Hafsa Musa. Read more.

The New Engagement

The New Engagement endeavors a novel approach to discovering, introducing, and showcasing writers, artists, and filmmakers, by providing them digital and print platforms, while encouraging and supporting their social-consciousness.