American Songwriter Magazine Amateur Lyric Contest (July/August)

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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 four runners-up, and 8 to 10 honorable mentions from each contest will be published in the issue of American Songwriter Magazine, which follows the deadline of each contest. The writer(s) of the winning lyrics for each contest receive a DX1 Martin guitar from Martin Guitar, valued at $699.00. The annual winner chosen from the six contest winners will receive Round Trip airfare for two to Nashville from American Airlines and a master production demo from Music City Music Productions, Inc. valued at over $1500.00. 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.

Entries are judged by a panel of songwriters, music publishing representatives, record label A & R representatives, and the American Songwriter editorial board.

American Songwriter magazine is in its 20th 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. The American Songwriter Amateur Lyric Contest gives qualified self-starters the opportunity to have their work published in the magazine and/or win various prizes. All musicians, from the independent to the established, are encouraged to subscribe to this bi-monthly publication.