The 8th Annual SMSWF Song Competition entry process is now officially open. Deadline to enter songs is April 30, 2019.

Preliminary judges will choose 27 finalists to perform their songs at the 2019 SMSWF Song Competition Finale and Awards Show on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019.  Time and place to be announced

Categories are: Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Gospel/Christian Comtemporary/Inspiration, Jazz/Blues, Pop, Rock, Trop Rock and Lyrics Only.   Judging criteria being scored for genre categories are:  Lyrics, Structure, Originality, Melody.  Lyrics Only entries are only judged on Lyrics, Structure, and Originality.

You don’t have to be an aspiring songwriter to enter.  We welcome the public to participate.  You might have only written one song in your life; and that song could be this year’s winner. We had a lady who wrote her daughter a birthday song win one year.  When the daughter saw the competition information on line, she talked her mother into entering it for fun.  The mother had never written a song before in her life.


We have added a Trop Rock category. There are two changes to the 2018 Rules and Regulations:

2018 Rule 2: The wording went from: The competition is open to all songwriters earning 50% or less of their annual income from songwriting.  Professional songwriters who write everyday for a living earning 51% or more of their annual income from songwriting are not eligible to enter. TO:

2019 Rule 2:  The 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.

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Click here to enter your songs.