Entries are now being accepted for the 2007 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk contest for emerging songwriters. The contest was instituted in 1972 at the suggestion of Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary), and has been held each year since.
The final competition will take place during the 36th annual Kerrville Folk Festival (May 24-June 10, 2007), one of the largest folk music events in the southern United States.
The first 800 entries received prior to March 15, 2007 will be entered in the competition, and there were 225 entrants as of this morning. 32 finalists will be chosen and invited to perform at the festival on 5/24, with six winners selected to perform again on the 25th.
The contest is for new material, so only songs written after January 1, 2005 are eligible.
Entries can be submitted by mail, or via sonicbirds, and a $20 entry fee is required. There is an additional fee of $29.95 to register with sonicbirds, which also includes a six month subscription to their electronic press kit service.