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presented by the Songwriters' Association of Washington


The Songwriters’ Association of Washington (SAW) presents the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC) to help songwriters receive recognition for their work and to further excellence in songwriting through education.  Entrants compete for monetary awards, other prizes such as recording credits, and MASC Awards Show and other performance and promotional opportunities. Gold, Silver, Finalist and Honorable Mention awards are presented in each category, and overall awards include a Director’s Award, Young Artist Awards, three Overall Grand Prizes, and other special awards. The MASC is now in its 38th year.


  • Adult Contemporary
  • Americana
  • Children's 
  • Country/Bluegrass
  • Folk Acoustic
  • Freedom
  • Gospel/ Inspirational
  • Instrumental
  • Lyrics Only
  • Open
  • Pop
  • R&B/Hip Hop/Urban
  • Rock/Alternative
  • Vocal Jazz/Blues
  • Video 

General INFO

The categories for this year's contest are: Adult Contemporary, Americana , Children's , Country/Bluegrass, Folk Acoustic, Freedom, Gospel/Inspirational, Instrumental, Lyrics Only, Open, Pop, R&B/Hip Hop/Urban, Rock/Alternative, Vocal Jazz/Blues, and Video.

You may enter as many songs as you wish in each category. You may want to listen to past winning songs to help determine which category to enter. You may enter the same song in more than one category. Entry fees are calculated based on one category per song, however, so entering a song in two or more categories means that additional entry fees will apply.  Discounts for entering multiple songs apply when the songs are entered in the same submission form submission, and SAW members are eligible to enter at a discounted rate (see rates below).

Each entry MUST have lyrics, except for the Instrumental category. Instrumental category entries MUST include a three-sentence explanation of the artistic intent of the composition. Submissions in the Video category are entered as YouTube or Vimeo links. Videos are not eligible for the MASC Grand Prize.

All entries must be submitted online by 11:59 pm EST on October 15, 2022.  

The judges are music industry leaders and musicians, including Grammy winners, previous winners of MASC and other song contests, plus some SAW leaders. SAW is the sole judge of entry validity, interpretation of voting, and who has won the contest. The decisions of the judges are accepted as final. The SAW judges will decide all questions and ties.


You must not have made more than $5,000 in publishing royalties in 2021 and you cannot be employed as a staff writer for a publishing company nor have been paid for such services by a publishing company.

Each entry must be wholly original (co-writers allowed) and shall not infringe on any copyrights or any other rights of any third party. The artist need not be the performer. Each entrant shall hold SAW harmless from and against claims inconsistent with these requirements.

No composition or lyric may be entered that has been: (1) placed under contract for commercial sale with any record label in which the underlying contract prohibits the distribution of the artist’s recording on the MASC website or other channels; or (2) selected in previous years’ MASC contests as Gold, Silver, or Finalist. You may resubmit songs which have won Honorable Mention in past contests.

DISCLAIMER: Current SAW Board members and contractors are not eligible to enter the MASC. 

    Important 2021 Dates

Contest Opens: June
Final Entry Deadline: September 30  Oct 15
Category Winners Announced: on or before December 31

Overall and Special Awards: announced early 2023


Songwriters retain all rights to their songs.

Songwriters 21 or younger (as of September 30, 2022 October 15, 2022) may choose to be considered for The YOUNG ARTIST AWARDS and remain eligible for category and Overall awards. All songwriters and co-writers must be age 21 or younger at the end of the contest deadline, which is September 30 this year to be eligible for the Young Artist Awards, which could include songs in any category.   

AFTER THE JUDGING: The Young Artist Award winners and Gold, Silver, Finalists, and Honorable Mention winners will be announced on or before December 31, 2022 and notified by email.

ANNOUNCING WINNERS AND CELEBRATION: May include in person and online events. Traditionally we have hosted a MASC Awards Show and Concert each January. During Covid we produced a series of video interviews with MASC winners. Visit SAW Notes to watch the videos or watch on YouTube or Vimeo.

PROMOTIONAL AGREEMENTS: Gold and Silver category winners agree to authorize their winning songs for airplay during the MASC Awards Show and Concert.  Winners also agree that SAW may post clips of their songs and video performance on the SAW and StreamCatcher websites and social media.

CERTIFICATE DISTRIBUTION: Each songwriter and co-writer listed on the entry form of a winning song, including Finalists and Honorable Mentions, will receive a personalized Certificate of Merit at the MASC Awards Show or by email. The winning songwriter is asked to distribute the Certificates to any co-writer(s).


SAW Member Rates:

1 - 5 Songs:  $24 per song       
6 - 10 Songs:  $22 per song   
11 - 15 Songs:  $20 per song                   

Non-Member Rates:

1 - 5 Songs:  $28 per song
6 - 10 Songs:  $26 per song
11 - 15 Songs:  $22 per song

Not sure if you're a current SAW member? Check the Member Directory on the SAW membership page. If you don’t find your name, you will need to log in and renew in order to enter at the discounted rate.

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