25th Annual Mid Atlantic Song Contest

Posted by:  Songwriters Association of Washington (SAW)


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The Songwriters' Association of Washington presents the very special 25th Annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest to help songwriters receive recognition for their work and to further excellence in songwriting through educational programs. Winners in individual categories compete for overall Grand, Second and Third Prizes.

Your entry fee, in addition to making you eligible for a $1000 Grand Prize, and the $100 Gold prize in each category (new this year) provides funding for many educational and networking opportunities in the art and business of songwriting.

You may submit a song in multiple categories. It is possible for the songs you submit to win gold in any category you enter. You will not be penalized for entering in multiple categories.

Submissions are accepted in the following categories:
Acoustic & Folk, Adult Contemporary, Children's, Country/Bluegrass, Gospel/Inspirational/Christian, Instrumental (all genres), Pop, R&B/Hiphop, Rock/Alternative, Vocal Jazz & Blues, and Open (includes all genres not listed above). All genres listed above should be submitted in the most appropriate of the stated eleven submission categories.

Prizes are as follows:

  • Grand Prize- $1,000 cash, Live Music Video (up to $1000 value) recorded at Stairway East Rehearsal Studio, Manassas, Virginia; Sonicbids membership, 3 yr SAW membership, 1 year TAXI membership, 1 International Folk Alliance Conference Registration +1 Year FA Membership transferable if not able to be used --does not include travel), plus the 2009 Songwriters' Market book by Alice Pope, Grand Prize Award Glass Trophy.

  • Second Place Overall-$500 cash, Sonicbids membership, 2 year SAW membership and 1 year TAXI membership, plus the 2009 Songwriters' Market book by Alice Pope. Second Place Overall Glass Trophy.

  • Third Place Overall-$250 cash, Sonicbids membership, 1 year SAW membership, 1 year TAXI membership, plus the 2009 Songwriters'
    Market book by Alice Pope, Third Place Overall Glass Trophy.

    Please note:Grand, Second & Third Place Overall receive the larger cash/product prizes ($1000, $500 & $250 plus memberships, services and products), and not the smaller Gold category or special category cash/product prizes.

    Other Cash Prizes:

  • New Gold in each Category- $100 cash prize, gold winner trophy, the 2009 Songwriters' Market book by Alice Pope, and a 6 month Sonicbids membership.

  • Silver in each Category- 2009 Copy of Songwriter's Market book by Alice Pope and 6-month Sonicbids membership.

    Special Prizes

  • Young Artist Prize- $100 cash prize to be awarded to the top song submitted by a songwriter aged 21 or younger at time of contest deadline (all co-writers must be under 21). The total prize of $100 is given to the submitting songwriter.

  • New International Prize- $100 cash prize will be awarded to top song submitted by a songwriter residing outside of the US. ALL co-writers must reside outside of the United States at the time of contest deadline to be eligible for this prize. The total prize of $100 is given to the submitting songwriter.

    Certificates are awarded to all other entries meriting finalist and honorable mention status.

    There is a special MASC 25th anniversary new member rate to join SAW($25), giving writers a great deal if they submit multiple songs. Also offered are progressive bundle discounts for 5 or more entries.

  • Grand Prize, 2nd & 3rd overall- Will be announced at the Very Special 25th Anniversary of MASC and 30th Anniversary of SAW Awards Ceremony & Gala (c. January 2009!) in the Washington, DC area Gold winning songwriters MAY be invited to perform at the event as time allows and will be contacted as early as possible to enable them to do so. Not all winners will be able to perform but they will be mentioned by name from the stage.

  • Very special drawings at the Awards Gala- SAW will have their "Swag Bag" loaded with tons of stuff to be given away to those drawn from the honorable mention winners group and even a few prizes drawn for audience members.

    Lyrics must be submitted with each entry. For Instrumental category you must submit a 3-sentence description of artistic intent.

    Twenty of the winning songs are included on a compilation CD. Please note that due to technical limitations the Young Artist and International prizewinners might not appear on compilation CD.

    This is an all volunteer organization/judges are professional artists, venue operators, presenters, Performing Rights Organization representatives, label representatives, DJs and Satellite radio representatives, financial backers & music supporters. They are not paid. SAW will post winners on their website at www.saw.org in December 2008. SAW will make every effort to reach winners as early as possible to alert them to their status in order to allow them to plan for attendance at the Gala.

    Check website for regular prize updates.

    They do not provide judge's comments.

    Please note: You must be a SAW member to submit using the SAW member discount package. Your entries are subject to disqualification if you are not a member and submit using the incorrect package. You may renew your membership in SAW through Sonicbids or through saw.org, either will get you the snazzy new membership card.