Submission guidelines.

Current open calls:

We are always looking for contributions on struggles and movements both in Britain and abroad for our Transmissions series.

Submission guidelines:

Please take a look at what we have previously published to get a sense of the kind of contributions we want. However, we may be interested in other forms of work—just ask.

We do not publish comment-style pieces (e.g. the Guardian ‘Comment is Free’ section). We would encourage you to submit these elsewhere. We regret that we are also currently unable to take on investigative reporting, as we do not have the budget to provide legal support for this work.

Before submitting, please read through our general political and ethical principles. We may turn pitches down on ethical grounds (we will, for example, probably do a quick check of your Twitter to see if you’re transphobic).

We are particularly interested in submissions from people from oppressed, exploited and marginalised groups as well as writers from our movement with important things to say who have not necessarily written for publication before. Our political and editorial commitments include developing a wider set of writers and capacities than the British left currently has.

We offer writers the space to say what they need to say, in the way that they need to say it. As such, we don’t have hard-and-fast word limits. Generally speaking, pieces published in Transmissions will tend to be shorter.

We will work closely with writers to bring work up to the standard we think is publishable in New Socialist. If we have commissioned something which we are not then able to use, provided the writer has been constructive in the editing process, we will pay half the agreed fee for the piece.

We are actively seeking translated pieces from similar publications around the world, particularly from the Global South/Global Majority.

We are not interested in work that has already been published in English and is widely available.


We pay all of our writers.

Transmissions and other short pieces: £50

Longer pieces published in our editions: £75

We are very happy to pay fees, particularly for Transmissions pieces, to the groups covered or other groups, if the writer prefers.

We are aiming to increase our rates as soon as it is financially sustainable for us to do so.

How to pitch:

If you want to discuss an idea you have, feel free to email us. You can also DM our General Editor, Tom Gann, on Twitter (@Tom_Gann) for an informal chat.

Please send pitches and queries to the relevant address:

Ecology Edition: [email protected]
Book Reviews or Interviews: [email protected]
Transmissions: [email protected]
Culture is Ordinary: [email protected]

We will try to get back to you within a week. If we haven’t by then, give us a nudge. We will try to respond to every submission that meets our guidelines, but please bear in mind that our editors fit their New Socialist work around paid work, political commitments, family responsibilities, etc., so it may take some time. For this reason, we cannot respond to submissions or pitches that don’t meet our guidelines.