29th Annual Mid Atlantic Song Contest

Posted by:  Songwriters Association of Washington (SAW)


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The Songwriters' Association of Washington (SAW) presents the very special 29th 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, in addition Special Prizes, and Gold in 11 categories.

Submissions are accepted in the following categories: Adult Contemporary, Children's, Country/Bluegrass, Folk/Acoustic, Gospel/Inspirational/Christian, Instrumental, Open, Pop, R&B/Hip Hop/Urban, Rock/Alternative, Vocal Jazz/Blues.


  • Grand Prize- $1,000, 1 year Sonicbids membership, 8 hours studio time & 25 CDs at Bias Studio, 1 Registration to the 2013 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference, 1 Registration to the 2013 Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) conference, 3 year SAW membership, Grand Prize Trophy.

  • Second Place Overall- $500, 1 year Sonicbids membership, 8 hours studio time & 25 CDs at Omega Studios, 1 Registration to the 2013 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference, 2 year SAW membership, Second Place Overall Trophy.

  • Third Place Overall- $250, 1 year Sonicbids membership, 1 year SAW membership, Third Place Overall Trophy. Sponsored by Mary Cliff's "Traditions" radio show.

  • Category Golds- $100

  • Category Golds & Silvers- Eligible to be selected by the Institute of Musical Traditions (IMT) concert series for a showcase. Included on Winners' CD

Special Prizes

  • BMI Songwriter Award- $300 will be awarded by BMI to a BMI songwriter who is a Gold category winner.

  • Director¬ís Choice Award-The Director chooses one song not among the Gold Winners to receive 8 hours of studio time at Recording Arts with a CD/EP Project Consultation, and 1 year Sonicbids membership.

  • Young Artist Prize- $100, 8 hours studio time & 25 CDs at Cue Recording, and 1 year Sonicbids membership, 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)

  • Inclusion on Compilation CD- The Grand Prize, Second, and Third Place Overall Prizes, BMI Songwriter Award, Director's Choice Award, Young Artist, and all songs placing Gold or Silver in their categories will be included on the official contest compilation CD.

  • Early Bird Prize- Two artists who submit by July 15th will win a free 2-year membership to SAW.

Certificates are awarded to all other entries meriting Silver, Finalist and Honorable Mention status. There is a special MASC 29th new member rate to join SAW ($25), giving writers a great deal if they submit multiple songs.

Please note: An updated list of prizes is at www.saw.org. Prizes must be redeemed within one calendar year of Awards Gala. The Conference Registrations do not include lodging or food. Venues, not MASC, select from among the Gold and Silver Winners for Showcases. If, due to circumstances beyond MASC’s control, the independent sponsors do not deliver their prizes to winners, MASC will attempt to replace those prizes with like-quality prizes; however, MASC cannot be held accountable for prizes not delivered by sponsors. Federal, local, and state taxes on prizes are the sole responsibility of the winner. Unless noted, prizes are non-transferable and may not be redeemed for cash.