The Chris Austin Songwriting Contest

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2009 Chris Austin Contest presented by Merlefest

The Chris Austin Songwriting Contest is in its eighteenth year and hosted by MerleFest. The contest was created to honor the memory of the late Chris Austin. Net proceeds of the contest help fund the Chris Austin Memorial Scholarship.

1st Place Winners receive a performance on the Cabin Stage at MerleFest, a guitar, a check for $300 and two boxes of guitar strings. 2nd and 3rd Place Winners receive a slot on the Friday night Songwriters Coffeehouse at MerleFest and one box of guitar strings. 2nd Place winners also receive a check for $250 and 3rd Place Winners also receive a check of $50. 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place winners all receive a mentoring session with Jim Lauderdale and guests, a one-year subscription to American Songwriter Magazine and a one-year subscription to Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

The deadline is February 18, 2010 and the cost per entry is $30.00.

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