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Guidelines For Submissions

Have something to get off your chest? Don’t see an issue you care about being discussed in the news, a poem, or you see an issue you care about and want to write about it? Turn your thoughts into an opinion piece for Harlem World Magazine readers.

We’re looking for quality substantive, provocative, well-argued submissions on the wide range of subjects covered including politics, economics, education, arts, health, food, immigration, books, transportation, energy, poetry, op-ed, the environment — anything related to Harlem.

We only have a few spots available each month for contributors, so here’s how to maximize your efforts:

    • Have a clear, forceful opinion. Most published Harlem World Magazine pieces will state a position near the top and then make their case.
    • Keep it short. From 500 and 1,000 words if written; 1-5 minutes if audio or video and 3 links.
    • Be timely. Select a topic that is tightly pegged to the news, celebration, or issues of the day.
    • Stick to the facts and the 5 W’s. Include quotes or hyperlinks to credible nonpartisan news sources and research publications. In addition, as long as you always include the 5 Ws’ (who, what, where, when, and why, some people add how – your call) you’re on right track.
    • Images: Photographs, charts, info-graphics, videos, etc., should be lo less than 600 pixels wide, high-resolution images (if not we will replace and a fee will be incurred).
    • Rights. The publisher can use your article one time in electronic form only. You can continue to license your article to other publishers with these rights. We have the right to archive your article, making your work accessible indefinitely to readers unless you suggest otherwise.
    • Review our Editorial Calendar. If you need some ideas month-to-month below:


Submissions should be entirely original to Harlem World Magazine (i.e., not submitted or published elsewhere, including on social media). As with most Harlem World content, the content is available for syndication to any other content organization, website, or blog that wants to run them please contact us first before using it.

Submissions will be selected at the sole discretion of Harlem World Magazine editors based on news value, timeliness, and variety. They will be edited for clarity, accuracy, and style, but editorial staffing will have the final say in overall content.

We are selective on compensation for publishing on Harlem World Magazine for freelance articles. We do offer the opportunity to help enhance social and civic engagement and civilize the discourse on issues across Harlem.

If you are a copyright holder that would like something removed please message us and we will respond. Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational, or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.

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Last Updated November 11, 2021.

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