Bill Monroe songwriting contest

The Ohio County Tourism Commission in Rosine, KY is hosting a Come Home to Bluegrass amateur songwriting contest as part of their year-long celebration of the centennial of Bill Monroe’s birth in 2011. Winners will not only receive cash prizes, but also debut their winning entries at the Centennial celebration next year.

Entries will be judged on the content and originality of the melody and lyrics by a panel of experienced musicians and songwriters. An entry fee of $10 must accompany each submission.

The rules are as follows:

  • Songs must represent the traditional bluegrass style of Bill Monroe.
  • Songs must be at least 2.5 minutes long, and no longer than 3.
  • Songs may not be published or sold, though they may be copyrighted.
  • No more than 2 songs per entry, though multiple entries are allowed.
  • Entry must included recorded version of each song (vocals and accompaniment), along with a printed copy of the lyrics.
  • Lyric sheet must contain entrant’s name, mailing address, phone and email address.
  • No professional songwriters may enter (though “professional” is not clearly defined).
  • Under 18 entrants must include a parental signature.

First prize is $500, with $200 for second and $100 for third. To enter, send your CD/cassette, lyric sheets and fee to:

Come Home to Bluegrass Songwriting Contest
PO Box 490
Rosine, KY 42370

The Tourism Commision can also be reached by phone at 270-298-0036.

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