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Enter the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest
CASC Contestant
CASC Contestant
CASC Contestant
CASC Contestant

Enter October 1!

October 1 - November 30 is our Early Bird: $25 per song entry! $30 per entry from December 1 - February 1, 2018.

Contest closes on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at midnight. Winners will be announced in early Spring 2018.

THE CHRIS AUSTIN SONGWRITING CONTEST IS CURRENTLY CLOSED. CONTEST DATES FOR MERLEFEST 2018 WILL BE OCTOBER 1, 2017 - FEBRUARY 1, 2018. 

1st Place Winners Receive

  • Winning song performance on the Cabin Stage at MerleFest on Friday night
  • Perform a 20-35-minute set on the Cabin Stage on Saturday between 11:00 am – 3:30 pm
  • $600 cash
  • Two boxes of D’Addario strings
  • Strings and guitar straps from Kyser Musical Products

2nd Place Winners Receive

  • $300 cash
  • One box of D’Addario strings
  • Strings from Kyser Musical Products

3rd Place Winners Receive

  • $100 cash
  • One box of D’Addario strings
  • Strings from Kyser Musical Products