A CITY WIDE POETRY COMPETITION

 CELEBRATING WHAT STUDENTS LOVE ABOUT THE CITY THAT LOVES THEM

The Heartbeat: Behind the Scenes with MSP

You know how our city is at times divided,
how negativity is spotlighted,
and how the lows of our story seem to dominate the narrative

 

We have created a way, 
through beauty, through poetry and filmmaking
to unite our hearts, celebrate the good, and elevate the shared story that is the soul of Memphis. 

This is the Memphis Soul Prize!

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CHANGING OUR CITY THROUGH OUR STUDENT'S EYES

The Basics

• High school students across the city spend a week learning about poetry and the history of Memphis music and culture

• Students write unique poetry about Memphis

• The school selects a champion from their school

• All schools submit one poem and a panel of judges choose our five finalists

• Five short-films inspired by each poem are created 

Award show and film premier!

ADD SOME SOUL TO YOUR FEED

Thank you to our esteemed Advisory Board

Mike Bruns

Jeremy Park

Preston Butts

Ken Steorts

Raquel Darling-Greer