• The March issue, "Harlem: Mecca of the New Negro," of Survey Graphic was devoted entirely to blacks.

  • Alain Locke’s Core CollectionThe New Negro was published. It was an expanded version of the March issue of Survey Graphic.

  • Marita Bonner published an autobiographical essay entitled "On Being Young – A Woman – and Colored" in Crisis. In this essay, she discussed themes that would concern her all her life and run throughout later writings: the plight of blacks, women, race relations and segregation.

  • A short story, Core Collection"The City in Refuge" by Rudolph Fisher, appeared in Atlantic Monthly.

  • Georgia Douglas Johnson began to host literary gatherings in her home. These gatherings became known as The Saturday Nighters Club.

  • There were 732 entries for the Opportunity’s Literary Prize Contest. The winners were announced in the May issue of the magazine. Highlights from Washington, DC winners are as follows:

    Short Story Category

    2nd prize: Zora Neale Hurston for "Spunk"

    Poetry Category

    1st prize: Langston Hughes for "The Weary Blues"

    3rd prize: Tie between Countee Cullen for "A Song of Sour Grapes" and Langston Hughes for "America" (The judges decided to award the honor and the cash prize to the two contestants receiving fourth place; one of those 4th place winners was Clarissa Scott.)

    4th prize: Clarissa Scott for "Solace"

    Essay Category

    2nd prize: Sterling A. Brown for "Roland Hayes"

    Play Category

    2nd prize: Zora Neale Hurston for "Color Struck"

    3rd Prize: May Miller for "The Bog Guide"

    There were 599 participants in the Crisis contest. The awardees from Washington, DC in the Amy Spingarn Contest in Literature and Art follows:


    1st Prize: Rudolph Fisher, MD for "High Yaller"

    In addition to the winners, there were seven others of sufficient merit in this category, and one of those was Mrs. C. F. Cook of Washington, DC for "Immolation".


    1st Prize: Marita O. Bonner for "On Being Young - A Woman - and Colored"

    2nd Prize: Langston Hughes for "The Fascination of Cities"


    1st Prize: Willis Richardson for The Broken Banjo


    2nd Prize: Frank Horne for "Letters Found Near A Suicide"

    3rd Prize: Langston Hughes for "Poems"

Titles marked Core Collection are included in the Core Collection of Harlem Renaissance Books at the Libraries.

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