Rules

SONGWRITING CONTEST 2014 - OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES

THE SINGING NEWS/SOLID GOSPEL SONGWRITER CONTEST (“CONTEST”) IS OPEN TO ANY INDIVIDUAL THIRTEEN (13) YEARS OR OLDER (ENTRANTS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE WILL NEED WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THEIR PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN), WHO REGISTERS BY COMPLETING AN OFFICIAL ONLINE ENTRY FORM AT SOLIDGOSPEL.COM OR SINGINGNEWS.COM AND ALONG WITH SUBMITTING THE ENTRY FEE. THE EARLY ENTRY DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 AT 11:59 PM CST AND THE REGULAR ENTRY DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 3, 2014 AT 11:59 PM CST.

 

THE EARLY ENTRY FEES ARE AS FOLLOWS (Aug. 1 – Sep. 1, 2014):
Online submissions/payments:
- 34.98 per online early entry
- 49.98 per online early entry + CRITIQUE
- 64.98 per online early entry + CRITIQUE + MP3/LYRICS POSTED ON CREATESONGWRITER.COM
- 74.98 per online early entry + CRITIQUE + VIDEO/LYRICS POSTED ON CREATESONGWRITER.COM
- 153.98 per online early entry + INCLUSION IN ONLINE SHOWCASE PACKAGE

Mailed submissions/payments (all must be postmarked by Sep. 1, 2014):
- 39.98 mailed payment/early entry
- 54.98 mailed payment/early entry + CRITIQUE
- 69.98 per mailed payment/early entry entry + CRITIQUE + MP3/LYRICS POSTED
- 79.98 per mailed payment/early entry entry + CRITIQUE + VIDEO/LYRICS POSTED
- 158.98 per mailed payment/early entry + INCLUSION IN ONLINE SHOWCASE PACKAGE

THE REGULAR ENTRY FEES ARE AS FOLLOWS (Sep. 2 – Nov. 3, 2014):
Online submission/payments:
- 49.98 per online entry
- 69.98 per online entry + CRITIQUE
- 89.98 per online entry + CRITIQUE + MP3/LYRICS POSTED ON CREATESONGWRITER.COM
- 104.98 per online entry + CRITIQUE + VIDEO/LYRICS POSTED ON CREATESONGWRITER.COM
- 194.98 per online entry + INCLUSION IN ONLINE SHOWCASE PACKAGE

Mailed submissions/payments (all must be postmarked by Nov. 3, 2014):
- 54.98 mailed payment/entry
- 74.98 mailed payment/entry + CRITIQUE
- 94.98 per mailed payment/entry entry + CRITIQUE + MP3/LYRICS POSTED
- 109.98 per mailed payment/entry entry + CRITIQUE + VIDEO/LYRICS POSTED
- 199.98 per mailed payment/entry + INCLUSION IN ONLINE SHOWCASE PACKAGE

INDIVIDUALS WHO PAY FOR POSTING AGREE TO HAVE THEIR E-MAIL ADDRESS POSTED AS CONTACT INFORMATION ON THE WEBSITES. INDIVIDUALS MAY ENTER AS MANY TIMES AS THEY WANT, AS LONG AS A SEPARATE ENTRY FORM AND A SEPARATE PAYMENT/CHECK IS USED FOR EACH SONG ENTERED. INDIVIDUALS OPTING TO SEND A PAYMENT AND ENTRY VIA MAIL MUST SEND THEIR SUBMISSIONS DIRECTLY TO:
Salem Publishing
ATTN: SN/SG Songwriting Contest
402 BNA Dr. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37217

THERE ARE NO SPECIAL EXCEPTIONS IN THE CONTEST JUDGING FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO OPT TO SUBMIT THEIR ENTRY WITH ADDITIONAL SERVICES (CRITIQUES, POSTINGS, COMPILATION ALBUM, ETC.). ALL ENTRIES WILL BE JUDGED SOLELY ON SUBMITTED LYRICS AND ACCOMPANYING AUDIO EQUALLY.

ALL CONTESTANTS WILL BE GIVEN AN OPTION TO ENTER THEIR SUBMISSION INTO ONE (1) OF THREE (3) CONTEST CATEGORIES: A. SOUTHERN GOSPEL, B) BLUEGRASS GOSPEL, C) COUNTRY GOSPEL. CONTESTANTS MAY CHOOSE A FOURTH OPTION TITLED “CHOOSE FOR ME!,” WHICH GRANTS PERMISSION TO PROMOTERS TO PLACE THE SUBMITTED ENTRY INTO ANY DESIGNATED CATEGORY. BY CHOOSING THIS OPTION, CONTESTANT FORFEITS ANY INFLUENCE BY WHICH THEIR ENTRY IS CATEGORIZED AND IS SOLELY UP TO THE DISCRETION OF PROMOTERS. PROMOTERS WILL NOT OFFER A PRE-SCREENING SERVICE TO PROSPECTIVE CONTESTANTS PRIOR TO SUBMITTING. 

DELIVERABLES: CRITIQUES - INDIVIDUALS SELECTING THIS OPTION WILL RECEIVE AN ELECTRONIC CRITIQUE OF THEIR SUBMITTED ENTRY GIVEN BY ONE (1) OF THE OFFICIAL CONTEST JUDGES. ALL CRITIQUES WILL BE DELIVERED WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER CLOSE OF CONTEST. ACCOMPANYING MP3 OR CD POSTING – INDIVIDUALS MAY CHOOSE THIS OPTION TO HAVE THEIR ACCOMPANYING AUDIO FEATURED ON CREATESONGWRITER.COM. ONLINE ENTRIES REQUIRE A DIGITAL AUDIO FILE TO BE UPLOADED AT THE TIME OF SUBMISSION OR INDIVIDUALS MAY CHOOSE TO SEND THE AUDIO FILE IN A PHYSICAL/MAILED ENTRY. ACCOMPANYING AUDIO MUST MATCH THE LYRICAL CONTENT (BE THE SAME SONG) AS THE ENTRANT’S OFFICIAL CONTEST SUBMISSION. ALL AUDIO POSTINGS WILL BE POSTED WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER CLOSE OF CONTEST.  ACCOMPANYING VIDEO OR DVD POSTING – INDIVIDUALS MAY CHOOSE THIS OPTION TO HAVE THEIR ACCOMPANYING AUDIO FEATURED ON CREATESONGWRITER.COM. ONLINE ENTRIES REQUIRE THE ENTRANT TO SUBMIT A LINK TO A VALID VIDEO THAT IS REFERENCABLE (YOUTUBE, VIMEO, ETC.) FOR EMBEDDING AND/OR DOWNLOADING OR INDIVIDUALS MAY CHOOSE TO SEND A DVD IN A PHYSICAL/MAILED ENTRY. PLEASE CHECK YOUR MEDIA BEFORE SUBMITTING, PROMOTERS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR VIDEOS THAT ARE NOT ACCESSIBLE ONLINE (DIGITAL ENTRY) AND/OR DVD’S THAT ARE NOT TRANSFERRABLE INTO DIGITAL FORMAT FOR ONLINE POSTING (MAILED ENTRY). ACCOMPANYING VIDEO MUST BE A PERFORMANCE OF THE SAME LYRICAL CONTENT (BE THE SAME SONG) AS THE ENTRANT’S OFFICIAL CONTEST SUBMISSION. ALL VIDEO POSTINGS WILL BE POSTED WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER CLOSE OF CONTEST. ONLINE SHOWCASE PACKAGE – INDIVIDUALS CHOOSING THIS OPTION WILL HAVE THEIR SUBMISSION FEATURED AS A FREE THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC CONSUMPTION AT CREATESONGWRITER.COM TO BE POSTED WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER CLOSE OF CONTEST; PACKAGE INCLUDES FOUR DEDICATED EMAIL BLASTS TO PROMOTER’S DATABASE OF CONTACTS ALL TO BE CONDUCTED WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR TO DATE OF DIGITAL VERSION BECOMING AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC CONSUMPTION. BY ENTERING CONTEST AND CHOOSING THIS ENTRY OPTION, CONTESTANT AGREES TO ALLOW THEIR ORIGINAL SONG TO BE DOWNLOADED FROM CREATEWONGWRITER.COM FOR PUBLIC CONSUMPTION FOR THE PERIOD OF ONE (1) YEAR TO DATE OF POSTING. BY CHOOSING THIS OPTION, INDIVIDUALS WAIVE THE EARNING OF ANY ROYALTIES SPECIFIC TO THE RECORDING SUBMITTED FOR CONTEST ENTRY FOR THE DURATION OF ITS AVAILABILITY ON CREATESONGWRITER.COM.



ELIGIBILITY: EMPLOYEES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND IMMEDIATE FAMILY AND HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS OF SALEM PUBLISHING, INC., d/b/a THE SINGING NEWS AND REACH SATELLITE NETWORK, INC., d/b/a SOLID GOSPEL NETWORK (“SOLID GOSPEL”) (COLLECTIVELY “PROMOTERS”); HOPPERS BROS., INC., AND PINE RIVER PUBLISHING (“PINEY RIVER”) AND MEDIA CONSULTING MANAGEMENT, LLC (“MCM”), (COLLECTIVELY “FEATURED ARTISTS”), THEIR PARENT COMPANY, THEIR PARENTS’ AFFILIATED COMPANIES, AND THEIR ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION AGENCIES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONTEST.



PRIZES: THERE WILL BE THREE (3) GRAND PRIZE WINNERS - ONE (1) FOR EACH ENTRY CATEGORY (SOUTHERN GOSPEL, BLUEGRASS GOSPEL, COUNTRY GOSPEL). THE WINNERS WILL BE SELECTED FROM AMONG ALL ELIGIBLE ENTRIES RECEIVED BY A PANEL OF JUDGES SELECTED BY PROMOTERS. ENTRIES RECEIVED AND/OR POSTMARKED BY SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 AT 11:59 PM CST WILL RECEIVE A DISCOUNTED ENTRY FEE RATE, AS DETAILED ON THE CONTEST ENTRY FORM. ENTRIES RECEIVED AND/OR POSTMARKED BY NOVEMBER 3, 2014 AT 11:59 PM CST, WILL BE ACCEPTED. ENTRANTS NEED NOT BE PRESENT TO WIN. ENTRANTS MAY ENTER INTO AND WIN MULTIPLE CATEGORIES. THE WINNERS WILL OFFICIALLY BE ANNOUNCED ON SOLID GOSPEL AND SINGING NEWS DIGITAL AND ON-AIR PROPERTIES NOVEMBER 13, 2014 AT 4:00 PM CST AND NOTIFIED BY E-MAIL OR TELEPHONE NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 6, 2014 AT 2:00 PM CST. THE WINNER MUST COMPLETE AN AFFIDAVIT OF ELIGIBILITY AND LIABILITY AND, WHERE LAWFUL, A PUBLICITY RELEASE. IF PROMOTERS DO NOT RECEIVE THE AFFIDAVIT AND RELEASE WITHIN TWO (2) WEEKS OF NOTIFICATION, THE PRIZE MAY BE FORFEITED AND AN ALTERNATE WINNER MAY BE SELECTED. EXCEPT WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW, BY SIGNING THE AFFIDAVIT AND RELEASE, THE WINNER GRANTS PERMISSION TO THE USE OF HIS/HER/ITS NAME, LIKENESS, PICTURE, PORTRAIT, HOMETOWN, SERVICE MARK, VOICE, BIOGRAPHICAL/OTHER INFORMATION, AND STATEMENTS FOR ADVERTISING AND PROMOTIONAL PURPOSES FOR THIS AND OTHER PROMOTIONS BY SINGING NEWS WITHOUT ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION. ODDS OF WINNING DEPEND ON THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ENTRIES RECEIVED. PROMOTERS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST, LATE, DAMAGED OR MISHANDLED ENTRIES.

GRAND PRIZES
THERE IS ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE FOR SOUTHERN GOSPEL ENTRY FROM HOPPERS BROS., INC.
:
THE GRAND PRIZE WILL MERIT THE CHOSEN WINNER’S SUBMITTED SONG TO BE RECORDED BY AND FEATURED ON A FUTURE RELEASE BY THE HOPPERS (“FEATURED ARTIST”). FEATURED ARTIST RELEASE WILL BE SCHEDULED TO BE AVAILABLE WITHIN THREE (3) YEARS OF CONTEST CLOSING DATE. FEATURED ARTIST RESERVES RIGHT TO DESIGNATE TYPE OF RELEASE THAT THE SUBMITTED SELECTION WILL MAKE ITS APPEARANCE ON AND SUBSEQUENTLY BECOME AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC CONSUMPTION.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER WILL ALSO RECEIVE A PRIZE PACKAGE FEATURING PRODUCT FROM HOPPERS BROS., INC. WITH A RETAIL VALUE OF UP TO [ VALUE INFO COMING SOON ].

THERE IS ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE FOR BLUEGRASS GOSPEL AND ONE (1) FOR COUNTRY GOSPEL ENTRY FROM PINEY RIVER/FEATURED ARTISTS:
THE GRAND PRIZE WILL MERIT THE CHOSEN WINNER’S SUBMITTED SONG TO BE RECORDED BY AND FEATURED ON A FUTURE RELEASE BY MARTY RAYBON (“FEATURED ARTIST” – BLUEGRASS GOSPEL) AND T. GRAHAM BROWN (“FEATURED ARTIST” – COUNTRY GOSPEL). FEATURED ARTISTS’ RELEASES WILL BE SCHEDULED TO BE AVAILABLE WITHIN THREE (3) YEARS OF CONTEST CLOSING DATE. FEATURED ARTIST’S RESERVE RIGHT TO DESIGNATE TYPE OF RELEASE THAT THE SUBMITTED SELECTION WILL MAKE ITS APPEARANCE ON AND SUBSEQUENTLY BECOME AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC CONSUMPTION.

EACH GRAND PRIZE WINNER WILL ALSO RECEIVE A PRIZE PACKAGE FEATURING PRODUCT FROM MARTY RAYBON AND/OR T. GRAHAM BROWN FROM FEATURED ARTISTS WITH A RETAIL VALUE OF UP TO [ VALUE INFO COMING SOON ].

GRAND PRIZES FROM CONTEST PROMOTERS:
FOR ALL THREE (3) GRAND PRIZE WINNERS, PROMOTERS WILL RE-POST AND FEATURE WINNING SUBMISSION (AND ANY AVAILABLE ACCOMPANING MEDIA, MP3 AUDIO OR DVD VIDEO, IF SUBMITTED DURING CONTEST ENTRY PERIOD) ON SINGINGNEWS.COM; PROVIDE A DEDICATED E-BLAST PUBLISHED AT TIME OF OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT; INTERVIEW TO BE PUBLISHED IN SINGING NEWS MAGAZINE WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR OF CLOSE OF CONTEST; AN ON-AIR INTERVIEW ON SOLID GOSPEL NETWORK TO OCCUR WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR OF CLOSE OF CONTEST; AND A ONE-YEAR (1) SUBSCRIPTION TO SINGING NEWS MAGAZINE OR A ONE-YEAR (1) SUBSCRIPTION EXTENSION SOLELY TO GRAND PRIZE WINNER.

RUNNERS-UP
THERE IS ONE (1) RUNNER-UP PRIZE FOR SOUTHERN GOSPEL ENTRY FROM HOPPERS BROS., INC.
:
THE RUNNER-UP WILL RECEIVE A PRIZE PACKAGE FROM HOPPERS BROS., INC. WITH A RETAIL VALUE OF UP TO [
VALUE INFO COMING SOON ].

THERE IS ONE (1) RUNNER-UP PRIZE FOR BLUEGRASS GOSPEL AND ONE (1) FOR COUNTRY GOSPEL ENTRY FROM PINEY RIVER/FEATURED ARTISTS:
THE RUNNERS-UP WILL MERIT THE CHOSEN WINNER’S SUBMITTED SONG LYRICS TO BE PROMOTED TO TOP SOUTHERN GOSPEL AND/OR COUNTRY LABELS AND/OR PUBLISHING COPMANIES FOR CONSIDERATION BY PINEY RIVER FOR THE PERIOD OF ONE (1) YEAR PRIOR TO CONTEST CLOSING DATE. EACH RUNNER-UP WILL ALSO RECEIVE A PRIZE PACKAGE FEATURING PRODUCT FROM MARTY RAYBON AND/OR T. GRAHAM BROWN FROM FEATURED ARTISTS WITH A RETAIL VALUE OF UP TO [
VALUE INFO COMING SOON ].

RUNNERS-UP PRIZES FROM CONTEST PROMOTERS:
FOR ALL THREE (3) RUNNERS-UP, PROMOTERS WILL RE-POST AND FEATURE WINNING SUBMISSION (AND ANY AVAILABLE ACCOMPANING MEDIA, MP3 AUDIO OR DVD VIDEO, IF SUBMITTED DURING CONTEST ENTRY PERIOD) ON SINGINGNEWS.COM; PROVIDE MENTION OF RUNNERS-UP INFO IN E-BLAST AND SINGING NEWS MAGAZINE ALONG SIDE GRAND PRIZE WINNERS INTERVIEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS; AND A ONE-YEAR (1) SUBSCRIPTION TO SINGING NEWS MAGAZINE OR A ONE-YEAR (1) SUBSCRIPTION EXTENSION SOLELY TO GRAND PRIZE WINNER.

SECOND RUNNERS-UP
THERE ARE THREE (3) RUNNERS-UP PRIZES FOR SOUTHERN GOSPEL ENTRY FROM HOPPERS BROS., INC.:
THREE (3) RUNNERS-UP WILL RECEIVE A PRIZE PACKAGE FROM HOPPERS BROS., INC. WITH A RETAIL VALUE OF UP TO [
VALUE INFO COMING SOON ].

THERE ARE THREE (3) RUNNERS-UP PRIZES FOR BLUEGRASS GOSPEL AND THREE (3) FOR COUNTRY GOSPEL ENTRY FROM PINEY RIVER/FEATURED ARTISTS:
ALL RUNNERS-UP WILL MERIT THE CHOSEN WINNER’S SUBMITTED SONG LYRICS TO BE PROMOTED TO TOP SOUTHERN GOSPEL AND/OR COUNTRY LABELS AND/OR PUBLISHING COPMANIES FOR CONSIDERATION BY PINEY RIVER FOR THE PERIOD OF ONE (1) YEAR PRIOR TO CONTEST CLOSING DATE.

SECOND RUNNERS-UP PRIZES FROM CONTEST PROMOTERS:
FOR ALL NINE (9) SECOND RUNNERS-UP, PROMOTERS WILL RE-POST AND FEATURE WINNING SUBMISSION (AND ANY AVAILABLE ACCOMPANING MEDIA, MP3 AUDIO OR DVD VIDEO, IF SUBMITTED DURING CONTEST ENTRY PERIOD) ON SINGINGNEWS.COM; PROVIDE MENTION OF RUNNERS-UP INFO IN E-BLAST AND SINGING NEWS MAGAZINE ALONG SIDE GRAND PRIZE WINNERS INTERVIEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS.

 

NO TRANSFER, SUBSTITUTION, OR CASH EQUIVALENT WILL BE GIVEN FOR THE GRAND PRIZE, PROVIDED HOWEVER, PROMOTERS MAY, AT ITS SOLE DISCRETION, SUBSTITUTE A PRIZE OF EQUAL OR GREATER VALUE. ODDS OF WINNING DEPEND ON THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ENTRIES RECEIVED. PROMOTERS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST, LATE, DAMAGED OR MISHANDLED ENTRIES.

BY PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST, EACH ENTRANT AGREES TO ABIDE BY AND BE BOUND BY ALL OF THESE OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES AND THE DECISIONS OF GENERAL MANAGER of the PROMOTERS (“CONTEST JUDGE”). ALL DECISIONS REGARDING THE CONTEST INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, SELECTING THE WINNER, WILL BE MADE BY THE “CONTEST JUDGE”, WHOSE DECISIONS SHALL BE FINAL. THE CONTEST JUDGE MAY PROHIBIT AN ENTRANT FROM PARTICIPATING IN THIS CONTEST, IN HIS/HER SOLE DISCRETION, IF, IN THE OPINION OF THE CONTEST JUDGE, THE ENTRANT FAILS TO ABIDE BY THESE RULES, OR OTHERWISE ACTS (I) IN A NON-PROFESSIONAL OR INAPPROPRIATE MANNER, (II) WITH AN INTENT TO ANNOY, ABUSE, THREATEN, OR HARASS ANY OHER ENTRANT, JUDGE, OR PROMOTERS, OR (III) IN ANY OTHER DISRUPTIVE MANNER. THE WINNER IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL TAXES. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LAWS APPLY.

 

TO FIND OUT THE WINNERS OF THE CONTEST, LOOK FOR THE WINNER’S NAME POSTED AT www.singingnews.com, ONCE THE NAME HAS BECOME AVAILABLE UPON THE CONCLUSION OF THE CONTEST.