NSAI Song Contest Now Open — and Charles Kelley Is the Grand Prize

Nashville Songwriters Association International Partners With CMT for Writing Competition

I have mad respect for all country songwriters, whether they’re the ones penning the songs that make it onto the stars’ albums or the ones sitting in their bedrooms with notebooks full of potential.

Every songwriter has a gift, so the Nashville Songwriters Association International and CMT have partnered again for this year’s NSAI Song Contest.

You send in your best song, and in return, you could get the best prizes.

Prizes like Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley.

The grand prize winner will get an hour mentoring session with Kelley, an hour mentoring session with a member of CMT’s executive staff, four other VIP music business meetings, a one-year song contract, plus $5,000, a spot on the 2017 Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival bill, a chance to perform at the famed Bluebird Cafe, two tickets to the 2017 CMT Music Awards, a private tour of CMT headquarters and a three-day trip to Nashville.

If you are more of a lyric writer than a melody maker, don’t let that stop you from entering. Because there will be a prize for the best “lyric only” entry.

That prize is one-hour session with Rodney Clawson, who has written 21 No. 1 songs. So even if you’re not familiar with his name, you’ve heard his work, like “Drink on It” (Blake Shelton), “Drunk on You” (Luke Bryan), “American Kids” (Kenny Chesney), “Dirt” (Florida Georgia Line) and “Burnin’ It Down” (Jason Aldean).

The contest is open now through the end of October. Learn more about the contest and its rules.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.