Memphis Black History Library Card Contest

Beginner, amateur, or professional artist? Doesn’t matter. You can submit your work for consideration in the Memphis Public Library’s Black History Library Card Contest. Local contestants will frame their art around the theme of Memphis Black History and will be judged on visual impact, interpretation and creativity.

Age Categories and Prizes

There are three age categories: 9-and-under, 10-17, and 18-and-older. A contestant’s work must be created individually and cannot be submitted as a team. Only one entry per person.

There will be a winner in each category and a runner-up. The winner in each category will have their work displayed on MPL library cards in addition to receiving a $200 gift card and a basket of art supplies. The runner-up in each category will receive a $100 gift card and a basket of art supplies. All winners and runners-up will have their entries displayed on the library’s website as well as social media sites.


From February 1 – March 11, artists are invited to submit designs for a library card & key fob celebrating Memphis Black culture and history.

Winners will be announced on Tuesday April 6 in conjunction with the April 4th Martin Luther King, Jr. observance.

Cards will be issued starting Friday June 18 in recognition of Juneteenth (Saturday June 19th). 

Art Details

Library Cards Dimensions: 2 1/8″ Height and 3 3/8″ Width (In order to accommodate printers, your design will need to exceed those dimensions to 2 1/2″ Height and 3 6/8″ Width. The edges will be trimmed down to the card dimensions)

Resolution: Images no less than 300 DPI

Sample Template: This template can provide guidance. All submissions must be uploaded with the Entry Form below.

entry form

Applicants between the ages of 13 and 17 must have parent/guardian permission. Applicants under age 13 must have their entries submitted by a parent/guardian.

Click or drag a file to this area to upload.
Maximum File Size: 15 MB; Allowed File Types: jpg, jpeg, png, eps, tif, pdf