presented by the Songwriters' Association of Washington

SAW proudly presents the 36th Annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC) to help songwriters receive recognition for their work and to further excellence in songwriting through education. Each year, MASC presents awards in thirteen categories (Lyrics Only is our newest category), two Young Artists Awards, and three Overall Grand Prizes.

Yes, there are rules and prizes (read all about that here) but here is our promise: we listen carefully and thoughtfully to all these songs, and our judges do as well. We brag about our judges (never which categories they judge) because we are proud of the people who help us decide.

Your entry fee provides funding for many educational and networking opportunities in the art and craft of songwriting. SAW provides emerging songwriters with performance opportunities, workshops and peer critique. For more information, please visit the SAW website.

See the list of award winning song from previous years' contests here.


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


Read and review the contest rules and guidelines.

Fill out our online form to submit your songs. You may save your work and continue later if you wish.

Once your submission is completed, you will receive an email verification of your entry.

Category and Young Adult winners will be notified by email by December 31. 

Grand prize winners will be announced at the MASC Awards Gala in January. 

    Important Dates

Contest Opens: June 15
Early Bird Deadline: August 1
Final Entry Deadline: September 30 Extended to October 7 
Winners Announced: by December 31

MASC Awards Gala: January 2020

All songs remain the property of the songwriter(s). Our judges evaluate the basic components and overall effectiveness of the song, and not the production, quality of recording, or arrangement. It is recommended that your song not exceed 4 minutes.

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