2011 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest

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The Chris Austin Songwriting Contest is in its nineteenth 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.

If you have specific questions relating to the contest, please contact Laurie Brintle Hayes at MerleFest at [email protected].

If you technical questions about the entry process, please e-mail [email protected].

Contest Details:

Submission Fee: The cost per entry is $30.00

Prizes: 1st Place winners receive a performance on the Cabin Stage at MerleFest, a Taylor guitar, a check for $300 and two boxes of D’Addario guitar strings. 2nd and 3rd Place winners receive a slot on the Friday night Songwriters Coffeehouse at MerleFest and one box of D’Addario 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 gift certificate to Jackson’s Music.

Deadline: February 18, 2011

Notified By: April 1, 2011

Official Partners: Merlefest, American Songwriter, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, D’Addario, Jackson’s Music and Taylor


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  1. what guidelines do you use for defining categories? I call mine country or Americana, but would like to know how you define. For example, where would you put Jim Lauderdale? Where would you put Mary Gauthier? thanks

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