The NAACP established The Crisis in 1910 to provide a monthly magazine for its members. Under the editorship of W.E.B. Du Bois, The Crisis became the premier outlet for black writers and artists. Like the National Urban League’s magazine Opportunity, it sponsored an annual literary contest offering cash prizes. The Amy Spingarn Contest in Literature and Art was funded by Joel Spingarn and his wife Amy between 1925 and1928. In 1930 The Crisis announced the creation of the Du Bois literary prize, funded by Louise Mathews. The cover illustration, shown here, by Laura Wheeler Waring reflects the interest in African themes and aesthetics popular during the Harlem Renaissance.