Now Open: 21st Annual NSAI Song Contest, Presented by Martin Guitars and Strings and CMT

All genres of music accepted and encouraged.

To borrow a phrase from the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), it all begins with a song. That's especially true for the 21st Annual NSAI Song Contest, which is open through November 3, 2020, at 4 p.m. CDT.

This contest is open to amateur songwriters only. All genres of music are accepted and encouraged.

The entry cost is $35 per song for NSAI members and $45 per song for all non-NSAI members. Multiple entries are accepted but each submission requires its own entry fee. All entries must be postmarked by the contest deadline: November 3, 2020 at 4 p.m. CDT. To enter by mail, download the entry form.

Judges are comprised of music industry professionals, award-winning songwriters and NSAI pro songwriters. Entries are judged based on lyrics, melody and composition. Performance and production will not be evaluated.

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Mentors include professional songwriters Ross Golan, Brett James, Joe London and Tenille Townes.

Prizes are awarded to one (1) Grand Prize Winner, up to nine (9) Runners-Up, up to ten (10) Honorable Mentions, one (1) Lyric-Only Winner and one (1) Lyric-Only Runner-Up. All songs entered receive a personalized score sheet.

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