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Drop the Mic Poetry Slam Call for Entries

Memphis young adults: it’s time for your thoughts and ideas to be heard in real time and in front of an audience.

Credit : National Civil Rights Museum

If you have the desire to say what’s on your mind and inspire others to think differently then audition for “Drop the Mic Poetry Slam”. “Justice for all” is the theme for this year’s slam.

“Through spoken word young people can express their opinions through a creative artistic setting,” said Connie Dyson, Marketing and Communication specialist at the Civil Rights Museum.

  • When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
  • Where: National Civil Rights Museum (450 Mulberry St, Memphis, 38103)
  • What: This poetry slam will feature poets performing their written original works before an audience and a judging panel.
  • Cost: This event is free and open to everyone.
  • The call for entry deadline is Monday, August 1st.

Go here for more info and how to enter the slam.

Rules for entry:

  • The poem should be an original work that must incorporate “And Justice for All!” topic in content.
  • Videos must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo. The link to the video should be added to the online entry form:
  • Videos should be clearly audible (no high-speed rantings, please) and attention grabbing in 2 minutes or less.
  • The contest entry form must be complete or it will be disqualified.  Finalists’ information will be verified.
  • Video and entry form must be received by July 18, 2016.  No late entries will be accepted.
  • Only one (1) video submission per contestant will be considered. Contestants with multiple entries will be disqualified.
  • Contestant must be between the ages 14-35 by the submission deadline of July 18, 2016.
  • All contestants must be available to perform in Memphis, TN on August 13, 2016. The National Civil Rights Museum is not responsible for travel accommodations of finalists selected to perform.
  • Contestants under the age of 17 and under by the July 18, 2016 deadline must have permission from a parent or guardian to enter the contest.


  • Slam videos are judged on the performance and content of the poem as it relates to the theme, “And Justice for All!”
  • On July 20, 2016, finalists will be selected and invited to perform their piece at the National Civil Rights Museum Drop the Mic Poetry Slam on August 13, 2016.
  • Finalists will be notified via email by July 22.
  • Finalists must be present at the Museum for the Drop the Mic Poetry Slam on August 13, 2016.

Check out this video below from the 2014 Drop the Mic Poetry Slam:

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