Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival Songwriting Competition

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Extended Entry Deadline is July 30, 2013 Finalists will be notified no later than August 1, 2013

NOTE: This listing is for songwriters only. Entrant is responsible for sharing the awards with any and all co-writers. If you are a band with original music and would like to apply to perform at the festival, please submit to the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival here.

The 2013 Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival, which will be held in Gatlinburg, Tenn., August 15-18, is now accepting entries for the festival's annual Songwriting Competition. Entrants stand to have their songs showcased before a panel of music industry professionals, including publishers, label executives, radio program directors, and award winning songwriters.

Songs may be entered in six different categories, including Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Gospel/Inspirational, Pop/Rock, and Lyrics Only. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners in each of the six categories. A Grand Prize and Listener’s Choice honor will also be awarded. Finalists will perform their songs in a special showcase performance at the Edgewater Hotel in Gatlinburg, Tn during the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013. Winners will be announced that night.

The Finale Prizes

  • Grand Prize Winner: $500

  • Listener's Choice: $250

Category Winner Prizes

  • Category Winner: $125

  • Category Top of the Line: $100

  • Category Finalist: $75

  • Category Runner Up: $50

***All Category Winners and the Grand Prize Winner receive a $200 commissioned 2 hour venue spot in the 2014 SMSWF.***

The Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival is a special event in the City of Gatlinburg and features hit and emerging songwriters in free performances throughout venues in downtown Gatlinburg, TN for four days. The festival is a great way to "Celebrate Our Appalachian Musical Roots."

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