Aspiring songwriters could win a mentoring session with hit songwriters Eric Paslay or Lori McKenna as part of the Nashville Songwriters Association International’s 16th annual NSAI Song Contest presented by CMT.
The contest is open to all genres and submissions are being accepted through Oct. 31.
Prizes will be awarded to one grand prize CMT Listeners’ Choice Award winner, one lyric-only winner, 10 runners-up and 10 honorable mentions. The Top 10 songs will be voted on by the fans during the month of February 2016, and the song with the most fan votes will be the grand prize CMT Listeners’ Choice Award winner.
The grand prize winner will receive $5,000 cash, a mentoring session with EMI Records Nashville recording artist Eric Paslay, as well as additional prizes, including a one-year single song contract with Warner/Chappell Music, live performances at the 2016 Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival and the Bluebird Cafe, a three-day trip to Nashville and more.
The lyric-only winner will receive a mentoring session with artist and Creative Nation writer Lori McKenna, along with additional prizes. All entrants will receive a personalized scoring sheet.
In addition to his success as a recording artist, Texas native Paslay’s songwriting credits include hits such as the Eli Young Band’s “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” Love and Theft’s “Angel Eyes,” Rascal Flatts’ “Rewind” and the smash single “Friday Night.”
Based in Massachusetts, McKenna has released eight critically-acclaimed albums and had her songs recorded by Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Alison Krauss, Faith Hill, Reba, Little Big Town, Holly Williams, Hunter Hayes and others.
Entry fees for the NSAI Song Contest are $35 per song for current NSAI members and $45 per song for non-NSAI members. There is no limit to the number of songs that songwriters can submit.