Songs are judge on the song not on the performance of the song.
Genre Categories are judged on Structure, Lyrics, Originality, Melody
Lyrics Only Category is judged on Structure, Lyrics, Originality
*Each song submitted must be contestant’s original work.*
You can enter as many songs as you would like into the 2019 SMSWF Song Competition; but you cannot enter the same song in more than one genre category. Note Any song can be entered into the Lyrics Only Category even if it was previously entered into a genre category.
- 1st song entry $50
- Each additional song entry $12 Fee
ENTRY DEADLINE is April 30th.
Song Genre Categories:
- Trop Rock
- Lyrics Only,
CASH PRIZES plus other gifts TBA.
- Grand Prize Winner $500 plus
- Listeners’ Choice Winner $250 plus
- Category 1st Place Winners $125 plus
- Category 2nd Place Winners $100 plus
- Category 3rd Place Winners $ 75 plus
Who Can Enter:
The SMSWF Song Competition is open to all non-professional songwriters who do not currently have (or have ever had) a professional publishing deal. Contestants must not have had any cuts by major artists, songs placed in film or television, jingles on radio or television or any other sync songs that have earned income. Paid gigs (performing original material) are not considered songwriting income.
If contestant is under 18 years old, the parent or guardian is required to send us an email to email@example.com stating they have given their minor permission to enter the 2017 SMSWF Song Competition.
Song Requirements: Song is not to be longer than 4 minutes in length. If song exceeds the 4 minute limit, it will be disqualified.
Contestant agrees to perform or have song performed in the SMSWF Song Competition Finale and Awards Event in Gatlinburg, TN during The Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival Aug. 11-18, 2018; should the entry become a finalist. Contestant must be present even if he/she is not performing the song. If the contestant is not able to attend they forfeit their spot in the Finale and their spot moves to the next highest score.
Finalists will perform or have someone perform their song(s) in the SMSWF Song Competition Finale and Awards Show on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 in Gatlinburg, TN. Entrant must be present even if he/she is not performing the song.
There is no performance for Lyrics Only entries. The winner in the Lyrics Only Category will be announced and recognized at the SMSWF Song Competition Finale and Awards Show during the 8th Annual Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival. Lyric Only contestants do not have to be present to win; however we encourage them to be so we can recognize them.
Finale winners will be chosen by a judging committee comprised of music industry professionals, including but not limited to noted songwriters, producers, publishers, radio and label personnel.
Preliminary Judges will also include evaluators, publishers, noted songwriters and educators in the music and songwriting field that know the craft of songwriting.
Genre Category songs will be judged based on melody, structure, originality and lyrics. Lyrics Only Category will be judged on structure, originality and lyrics.
SMSWF will post Finalists and Honorable Mentions on its website and will notify entrants by e-mail that results are posted.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-604-9066
Click Here for 2018 Song Competition Rules and Regulations.