About the New Statesman

The New Statesman is a British political and cultural magazine published in London. Founded as a weekly review of politics and literature on 12 April 1913, it is celebrated for its progressive politics, scepticism, free thinking and the intelligence, range and quality of its writing.

The magazine has notably recognized and published new writers and critics, as well as encouraged major careers. Its contributors have included J M Keynes, Bertrand Russell, Virginia Woolf, Christopher Hitchens, Paul Johnson, Martin Amis, Suzanne Moore, Clive James and Will Self.

In September 2014 the New Statesman, as part of its digital expansion, launched two new websites, the urbanism-focused CityMetric and May2015.com, a data and polling site.

The magazine’s award-winning team of editors and writers seek to engage readers with great writing, intelligent analysis, bold stories and campaigns and trenchant argument. For a century, its mission has been to provide readers with a rigorous examination of political culture as well as to amuse, inform and entertain.

Our provocative and acclaimed reports, columns and essays explore the issues that lead our national conversation, from politics to economics, the arts and sport. 

The magazine is edited by the award-winning Jason Cowley. In 2013, the European Press Prize said: “Cowley has succeeded in revitalising the New Statesman and re-establishing its position as an influential political and cultural weekly. He has given the New Statesman an edge and a relevance to current affairs it hasn't had for years.” Cowley has consistently been included in the Evening Standard's 1000 Most Influential People in London list. He was named among Britain's most influential 500 people by Debrett's 500 in association with the Sunday Times in 2015.

The website – newstatesman.com

First launched in 1998, the New Statesman website is the perfect complement to the magazine and a destination in its own right.

Growing rapidly, newstatesman.com showcases insightful, thought-provoking and award-winning writers and offers extensive coverage of politics, the arts, business, media and economics, and pulls together the best reports, columns and essays from the magazine.

If you are interested in contributing to the New Statesman website, please refer to our contributor guidelines.

All byline illustrations on the NS website are by Ian McGowan.