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136 West Project Writing Collective 

The Harlem Renaissance was an intellectual and cultural revival of African-American music, dance, art, fashion, literature, theater, politics and scholarship centered in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, spanning the 1920s and 1930s. During that time period, everyone clamored for an invitation to one place: a grand townhouse on West 136th Street.

That's where poets and writers, artists, musicians and activists of the Harlem Renaissance like Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, W.E.B. Du Bois, Muriel Draper, Nora Holt, Witter Bynner, Andy Razaf, Taylor Gordon, Carl Van Vechten, Clarence Darrow, Alberta Hunter, and James Weldon Johnson.

Inspired by these men and women and the time in which we live, Sub:Culture Publishing has launched its new project: 136 West Writing Collective.


136 West is an online publication dedicated to highlighting the experiences, perspectives, and work of students of color on campus. The publication strives to give unique insights into the diverse perspectives of students navigating higher education in the 21st century.

Every issue includes various pieces that capture students’ experiences and showcase the innovative ideas and works of BIPOC students through various mediums; articles, poems, short stories, commentaries, interviews, reviews, and artwork.

136 West is the most appropriate name for this collective of college students of color who create content for the community, the culture, and those with an ear to hear.*


*Source: How A'Lelia Walker And The Dark Tower Shaped The Harlem Renaissance: National Trust for Historic Preservation

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  • Short essays (300-800 words)

  • Critique/Analysis (600-800 words)

  • Poems/Prose

  • Illustrations/Graphics

  • Videos (up to 3 minutes)

  • Photography


Sub:Culture Publishing will compensate for selected submissions to be used as part of the 136 West Project at a rate of at least $75 and up to $225 per publication. Compensation will be provided for selected submissions after an MOU is signed.


  • Acceptable file formats: jpeg, .png, .doc, .docx. .mp4, .mov

  • Maximum file size: 2 GB

  • Minimum width: 1500px

  • If you include an illustration, photo, and/or graphic, please provide a one sentence summary of your submission.

  • 136 West Project will accept up to three submissions from each person: 

  • You will know within two weeks if your submission was accepted.

  • Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.

  • If your submission is selected, the 136 West Project will provide a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to you to be signed. This agreement will grant 136 West Project permission to display your work, with proper citation, in the PDF version of the 136 West Project Publication, on the Sub:Culture Weekly webpage, as part of promotion for Sub:Culture Inc. and/or as part of other 136 West Project web, e-communications or social media publications. The '136 West Project' name may change over the course of its development, but the agreement laid out in the MOU would remain the same.

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