American Songwriter Magazine Amateur Lyric Contest (Nov/Dec 2008)

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American Songwriter magazine sponsors a bi-monthly Amateur Lyric Contest, established in 1984. No music-only lyrics needed, and all genres of music are accepted. The winning lyrics, along with the three runners-up, will be printed in their entirety in the coinciding issues of American Songwriter magazine. 10-12 honorable mentions from the contests will be credited in each issue as well. The writer(s) of the winning lyrics for each contest receive a DX1 Martin guitar, valued at $699.00. The three runners-up will each receive a Shure Microphone. The Annual Winner, chosen from the six bi-monthly contest winners, will receive Round Trip airfare for two to Nashville and a master production demo from Music City Music Productions, Inc. valued at over $1500.00. Finally, the annual winner receives a "Dream Co-writing Session" opportunity. He/she will choose one of two hit songwriters to write with. Kent Blazy ("If Tomorrow Never Comes" and many more...) and Bobby Braddock ("He Stopped Loving Her Today" and many more...) are the choices! The contest is open to any amateur songwriter. AS defines an amateur as a songwriter who has not earned more than $5,000 from songwriting related royalties, advances, or works for hire.

All winners and honorable mentions will be released/posted on on the day (or before) each issue hits newsstands.

Entries are judged by a panel of professional & hit songwriters, music publishers, record label A&R executives, performance rights representatives, and the American Songwriter editorial board. Judges come from esteemed companies both large and small, including Universal Music Publishing Group, Dualtone Records, Bug Music, ASCAP, Capitol Records, SESAC, Universal Records (MCA/Mercury), BMI, KOCH Records, and more...

SPONSORS include: Martin Guitars, Music City Productions (, Shure Microphones, and Noiseland Industries.

FREE SUBSCRIPTION: The American Songwriter Lyric Contest is now offering all who enter The Lyric Contest (DOMESTIC RESIDENTS ONLY)...a COMPLIMENTARY 1-YEAR SUBSCRIPTION to American Songwriter magazine (a value of $12.00!), the leading music publication covering The Craft of Music since 1984. Your subscription will be entered automatically and you'll receive your first issue within 4-6 weeks. So, it's not necessary to follow-up to make sure your subscription is accounted for.

American Songwriter magazine, and the AS Amateur Lyric Contest, are in their 24th year, interpreting both the art and industry of songwriting through in-depth interviews, street-wise columns, departmental features, and extensive coverage of new record releases. There is something here for all levels—professional, amateur, and aspiring songwriters.