New Left Project is dedicated to producing high quality comment and analysis on issues of concern to the political left (broadly defined). We are not affiliated to any particular party, tendency or strand of thought. Rather, we seek to contribute towards a lively, inclusive culture of left-wing discussion, appealing both to those who already consider themselves to be of the left, and to any others who have an interest in its ideas and priorities.
Our site contains a mixture of short, timely content on our blog as well as more detailed, in-depth treatment of various subjects through our feature articles, interviews, series and debates. Our material has been translated into seven languages and has been re-published by the Guardian, openDemocracy, ZNet, the Gothenburg Free Press and many other sites. Others are welcome to do the same, provided they adhere to the conditions of our Creative Commons License.
As the site progresses we are branching out into organising live events, developing collaborations with partners and expanding the range of topics that NLP covers, from current affairs to theory, philosophy and culture. We welcome unsolicited contributions, ideas for collaboration and comments on any of our published content. You can scroll down from here to learn more about the members of the NLP collective.
New Left Project welcomes submissions. We are a non-partisan alternative media source, publishing original leftist comment and analysis.
Types of contribution
We are happy to receive material on a broad range of topics in the form of:
• Comment and analysis
• Reports on current issues
• Interviews with people or collectives of note or interest to the left
• Book and event reviews
• Cultural reviews and criticism
Feature articles should be 1000-3000 words. If a piece is very long, it may be published in two parts. The longer the piece the greater the burden of proof to show that the length is required.
Blog posts are less than 800 words.
Citations should be in the form of footnotes.
Hyperlinks should be either embedded or pasted in full beside the word you wish it to be attached to.
Please write a one-line bio at the end of the article.
Any work submitted should be previously unpublished.
NLP works to maintain a high quality of output at all times. Submissions may be rejected if we do not believe they meet the standards of the rest of the content on the website.
While we welcome academic material, please ensure that your work is accessible to a wide audience – avoid jargon.
Opinion pieces should be tightly argued and backed up with citations from reliable sources wherever possible.
NLP is a forum for all varieties of leftist political views. We aim for a variety of content. We also aim for inclusivity and this means that articles expressing discriminatory views will not be published.
NLP is run by a small group of volunteers. Submissions are logged, however it may take some time before we can get back to you. If you haven't heard back from us within a week, feel free to send a follow-up email. In line with our high standards, the editors may suggest comments or changes to your article.
Please send submissions or outlines to: submissions[at]newleftproject.org
New Left Project encourages readers to comment on our articles. Comments are moderated. The aim is to foster inclusivity, to avoid abuse of our contributors and other commentators, and to ensure that comments add something valuable and substantive to the material that is being commented upon.
We have adopted this policy to ensure that all those who wish to participate in NLP feel safe to do so, to encourage constructive debate and to avoid unnecessary aggression. Comments are moderated according to the following criteria:
1: Comments must engage with the article, or at minimum other comments - irrelevant contributions will be rejected.
2: Comments must be coherent – incoherent and rambling comments will not be published. This does not mean comments have to meet academic standards; simply that they must be intelligible to other readers.
3: Criticism should be constructive in order to further the debate - overly negative, insulting or petty comments will not be published.
4: Comments must not be abusive; including deliberately attacking the contributor or other commentators, personal slights, and using excessive or unnecessary swear words.
5: Comments must be respectful of other contributors; including the author and other commentators. Language that causes offense to minority groups will not be tolerated.
Interpretation of this policy is at the discretion of the NLP editors. If we are unsure about a comment we will discuss it with the other co-editors before taking a decision. We sometimes contact people when we have concerns about their comments but we do not do so as a matter of routine. If your comment is not published and you have not heard anything, you may wish to resubmit your comment in a manner that is in line with our comments policy. We accept that some individuals may find a particular decision unsatisfactory, but we take the view that there will be more who welcome the ability to participate in fruitful and worthwhile discussion and debate.
Alice Bell is an academic and writer interested in science,
technology, the environment and medicine when they become part of
public policy, the media and popular culture. She's a research fellow
at the University of Sussex and blogs for the Guardian.
Eli Davies is a teacher and writer. Her interests include education, pop culture, feminism and the media and she has written on these subjects for the F-Word, Open Democracy, New Statesman, Review 31 and The Quietus.
Alex Doherty is a teacher and occasional writer. He has written for Z Magazine, Dissident Voice and Counterpunch. His interests include gender politics, psychoanalysis, religion, American domestic politics and having pointless arguments with 9/11 conspiracy theorists. He is a member of the International Organisation for a Participatory Society and you can follow him on twitter @alexdoherty7
Rhian E Jones writes on history, politics, popular culture and the places where they intersect. She is the author of Clampdown: Pop-Cultural Wars on Class and Gender (Zero Books, 2013). Her blog is Velvet Coalmine.
Ed Lewis teaches in the humanities faculty in a comprehensive school in North London where he is a rep in the NUT. He is a political education adviser to the arts and social justice charity PLATFORM. His political activism has primarily been focused on anti-war and Palestine solidarity campaigning. He is interested in ethics, political theory and anti-capitalist politics in general.
Maeve McKeown is a Political Theory PhD student at University College London. Her research interests include global justice, feminism, responsibility, historical and structural injustice. Her blog, Student Theory http://studenttheory.wordpress.com/, applies political theory to her involvement in student activism.
Tom Mills is a freelance investigative researcher based in London and a PhD candidate at the School of Applied Sciences at the University of Bath. He is researching the relationship between the BBC and the state during periods of industrial conflict.
James Quinney is New Left Project’s webmaster. He has written articles for Z Magazine, Red Pepper and works in publishing in Oxford. His interests include: political philosophy, the history and theory of science and technology, film and media.
Jamie Stern-Weiner studies politics at the University of Cambridge, and is particularly interested in the history of political thought, contemporary British foreign policy, and the Israel-Palestine conflict. His articles have been published on New Left Project, Le Monde Diplomatique and Znet.