If you would like to have one of your songs considered for the 2013 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest, you’ll need to get your application in by February 19. The competition is open to any songwriter whose income in not primarily derived from writing (-50%), with both cash prizes and performance slots on the MerleFest stage provided to the winners.
Three winners are chosen in each of four categories: bluegrass, country, general, and Gospel/inspirational.
MerleFest has just announced the judges for this year’s competition, which include three successful writers in the country, bluegrass and Americana fields. The 2013 panel includes Nashville songwriter Matraca Berg, North Carolina’s Lynda Wittig Dawson (from Kickin’ Grass), and veteran master singer/songwriter Chris Smither.