CIRCA BLUE FEST SONGWRITING CONTEST

ENTRY FEE: $25 per song 

All proceeds to benefit the DC Bluegrass Country Foundation bluegrasscountryfoundation.org/

DEADLINE: All entries must be received by midnight (Eastern) on Friday, TBD  2018. Winners will be announced on Friday, TBD. 

PRIZES:

GRAND PRIZE: $300, festival admission for two and an invitation to perform the winning entry during Circa-Blue Fest, May 12-13, 2017. (Maximum of two performers, one of whom must be a writer of the song). 

Second Place: $150 

Third Place: $75

Honorable mentions may be awarded at the discretion of the judges. 

WHO CAN ENTER: Anyone who receives less than half of his/her annual income from songwriting royalties is eligible to enter. (This does not include income an artist makes for performing). Songs can have more than one writer, but each writer must meet the eligibility requirements. 

In songs with co-writers, prizes will be awarded to the writer submitting the entry. By entering, each writer acknowledges that the song is his/her/the co-writers original work and does not copy or borrow from anyone else’s work. 

JUDGING: The contest will be judged by a three-member panel consisting of two award winning bluegrass songwriters,  Dawn Kenney and David Morris, and a professional artist, Shelby Gold from the Gold Heart Band. Dawn Kenney and David Morris are award-winning, chart-topping bluegrass writers. Between them, they notched four top 10s and two number one songs in 2016. They won the 2015 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest and finished second in the Hazel Dickens Songwriting Contest in 2016. Their song "Bells of Home" won the President’s Choice Award and was named "the best-written song" of 2016 by Strictly Country magazine.

Shelby Gold writes, sings and plays fiddle for the much-heralded band Gold Heart. She began performing when she was nine years old and started writing songs a few years later. Her songs, rich in imagery and intricate melodies, can be heard regularly on SiriusXM and other radio stations. 

Performance quality will not be considered. It’s all about the song: Lyrics, melody, potential marketability in the bluegrass genre. 

Each judge will score a song on a 25-point scale, in half-point increments: 10 points maximum for lyrics, 10 points for melody, 5 points for marketability. In the event of a first-place tie, the grand prize will be awarded to the song with a highest score from any one judge. In the event of a tie for second and third, the prize money for those places will be divided equally. 

The decision of the judges is final. 

How to enter:

Electronically: E-mail one mp3 of the song and one copy of the lyrics (attached word document) to: Steve@CircaBlueFest.com.  The song and lyrics should include the title of the entry only. No other identifying information should be on the song file or lyric sheet (including metadata). Judges will not have access to the identities of the entrants, co-writers or artists involved, just the song and lyrics.

Please type "Circa-Blue Fest Song Contest" in the subject line of the email, and include a phone number for the person entering the contest in the body of the email. Multiple entries are allowed, but submit each song separately. The entry fee -- $25 per song – may be paid with PayPal http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2813932 or by check or money made out to Circa Blue LLC and mailed to: Circa Blue Fest 38 Cedar Lane Martinsburg WV 25404. Multiple entries may be paid with a single check or PayPal payment. 

By mail: Send a CD containing the song (one song per CD please, but multiple entries may be mailed together), a copy of the lyrics and check or money order to: Circa Blue Fest 38 Cedar Lane Martinsburg WV 25404. Checks should be made out to Circa Blue LLC. Entry fees for multiple songs can be paid with one check. 

The CD and lyrics should include the title of the entry only. Please include a contact number separately. Judges will not have access to the identities of the entrants, co-writers or artists involved.

Contest entries cannot be returned. 

Enter today! Good luck!