Mission

Annual Song Contest held by the Dallas Songwriters Association to provide a benchmark for popular songwriting competency. Winners in each category, plus grand prize winners.

CATEGORIES AND JUDGES:Finalists in each category will be judged by music industry professionals from record labels and publishing companies; Grand Prize winner will be chosen by A&R and/or industry professionals of Broadjam.com

DSA is CELEBRATING 33 YEARS IN 2020

MOTIVATING & UPLIFTING SONGWRITERS THROUGH EDUCATION

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

DSA SONG CONTEST 2021 OPEN JUNE 1 - DEADLINE SEPT 30

 Eight Song Categories

1. Christian/Inspirational
2. Country
3. Americana/Folk/Bluegrass
4. Pop/Rock/RnB/Alternative
5. Love Songs/Easy Listening
6. Children's/Novelty
7. Singer/Songwriter (songwriter is the performer)
8. Instrumental

See website for

 18 and Under Young Songwriter Contest
     https://dallassongwriters.org/young-songwriters-contest/
     Use this separate url to enter this category only on DSA website.
     https://dallassongwriters.org/young-songwriters-contest/

Multiple Winners In Each Category
Entry Fee $25
Deadline: Thursday, Sept 30th
Submissions Close at Midnight. 

Enter Online 
at DSA's Song Contest Submission Partner:
To Enter Online, you Must Join Broadjam by
Receiving a Free 90 Day PROMoB Membership.

Not interested in taking advantage of the free membership on Broadjam.com, then you can enter on the DSA site here
https://dallassongwriters.org/dsa-annual-song-contest/

OR ENTER BY MAIL
download the contest form here.
Mail your check and entries to:
Dallas Songwriters Association
Song Contest Director
Sammons Center For The Arts
3630 Harry Hines Blvd. #20
Dallas, Texas 75219
(voicemail) 214-750-0916 x1

MAIL IN ENTRIES MUST BE POST MARKED BY Sept 30th.
 or you can mail you entry form and CD and pay online at our DSA store with credit card or Paypal. https://dallas-songwriters-association.square.site/product/song-contest/8?cs=true
We Amy be the only song contest that you can still enter by mail.

Each entry is entered into the drawing for a blue tooth speaker
Drawing held Nov 5!

Important Dates
Submission Deadline: Sept 30th
Drawing For Free Bluetooth Speaker: Nov 4, 2021
Semi-Finalists Announced: Nov 4, 2021
Finalists and Grand Prize Winners Announced: Jan 15, 2022

GRAND PRIZE

Grand Prize Winner, and
1st and 2nd Runner Up Receive:
($199.95 Value) 
Includes Artist Website, 1 Yr. Hosting

and
Song Critique from Barbara McMillen, Associate Professor of Songwriting at Collin College,
recording time at Joe Musik Studio



and 2 tickets to Between The Waves Music Conference




1st and 2nd Place in Each Category Receives:
$50
A 1 year Broadjam Film & TV Membership ($99.95 value)

Every Winner Receives:
DSA Membership ($60.00 Value)


Need More Info?
Winners will be announced on-line

Saturday, January 16, 2021

And the winners of the 2020 DSA Song Contest are . . . . . . .

 Americana/Folk/Bluegrass

1. 1309 North Austin by Tommy Patterson, Comanche, TX

2. Mendocino Sunrise by Ynana Rose, San Luis Obispo, CA

3. Bayou Sef by Charles Edmund Carter, Dallas, TX

HM Summer Days by Steve Jackson, Irving, TX

HM The Windmill Bar & Grill by Louie Cate, Alexandria, VA



Christian/Inspirational

1. New Sight by Amy Abernathy, Canton, GA

2. With Your Love, O God by Denise Rosier, Colorado Springs, CO

3. Going Home by Matthew Stemme, Clayton, NC


Country

1. Someone to Miss Me by Susan Odella, Virginia, MN

2. Coal by Matt Rogers, Hermitage, TN

3. Way Back When by T. Edwin Doss, Bumpass, VA

HM That's My Name by Randy Overton, Waxahachie, TX

HM When The Fertilizer Hits The Ventilator by Parvin & Patterson, Plano, TX 

HM The Balladeer by Mark Patterson, Plano, TX


Instrumental

1. Forever Now by Charles Edmund Carter, Dallas, TX

2. On the Caravan by Len & Jon Seligman, SARASOTA, FL

3. The Soldier's Widow by Charles Edmund Carter, Dallas, TX


Love Songs/Easy Listening

1. Don't Ever Say Never Again by Steve Jackson, Irving, TX. 

2. Wonder Boy by Randall Mark, El Cajon, CA

3. So High by Preston Ash, Dallas, TX

HM  Til My Last Breath by John Visconti, Cary, NC   



Novelty/Children

1. Parking Cars on Mars by Louie Cate, Alexandria, VA

2. Flying Disco Chicken by Randy Sauer, Hays, KS

3. Zipcode by Charles Edmund Carter, Dallas, TX


Pop/Rock/Alt/R&B

1. Word Man by Stefanie Johnson, Allentown, PA

2. Zipcode by Charles Edmund Carter, Dallas, TX

3. Make America by Phil Ipsan, New York, NY


Singer/Songwriter

1. Goodnight Moon by Steve Jackson, Irving, TX

2. In Dreamland by Charles Edmund Carter, Dallas, TX 

3. Word Man by Stefanie Johnson, Allentown, PA


Grand Prize Winners

1. That’s My Name by Randy Overton, Waxahachie, TX

2. Don’t Ever Say Never Again by Steve Jackson, Irving, TX.

3. On The Caravan by Len & Jon Seligman, SARASOTA, FL


JUDGES COMMENTS FROM ROY ELKINS

https://dsasongcontest.blogspot.com/p/2020-dsa-song-contest-judge-roy-elkins.html


MOST NOMINATED SONGS AWARD

Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx


WINNER OF THE DRAWING FOR THE GIFT CERTIFICATE

# 169 Forever Now by Charles Carter, Dallas, Tx


YOUNG SONGWRITER AWARD

1. Satisfied by Sathvika Ganesan, Frisco, Tx

2. Texas Lullaby by Cela Harper, Little Elm, Tx 

3. Wine by Cela Harper, Little Elm, Tx 


2020 Community Awards went to Dunn Brothers Coffee and Broadjam, Inc.

Dunn Brothers CoffeeDallas Songwriters Association presents Dunn Brothers Coffee with the 2020 Excellence in Community Service Award  - Thank You,  Alan & Kate Geddie and the entire DBC team for the outstanding venue for supporting original music & the best cup of coffee in town.


BroadjamDSA presents broadjam.com with the  2020 EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD  Thank You,  Roy Elkins & the entire Broadjam.com team for providing outstanding online services to the musicians/songwriting community.



BEST SONGS OF THE MEETING AWARDS

SONG OF THE YEAR

3. You Gotta Go by Don Wall, Dallas, Tx
2. If Every Week Was Friday by Rick Valente
1. The Girl’s So Texas by Harry Hewlett and Chuck Ehrmann


VERN DAILEY SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Harry Hewlett


AWARDS PROGRAM VIDEOS

2020 DSA Song Contest Awards Part 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-O53tKlKWRs&list=PL2QmQKUl70-2fZsHAIcWZTejZVKttRKMX


2020 DSA Song Contest Awards Part 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZJ_TN9f7_I&list=PL2QmQKUl70-0NTzHsFcVDDtQRkAyMoZud


2020 DSA Song Contest Award Winning Songs - 30 sec clips

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVnE1vn4cN4


2020 DSA Award Certificates.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY7CJkGDKwg


Saturday, November 7, 2020

Dallas Songwriters 2020 Song Contest Semi-Finalists Announced

 Dallas Songwriters Association announces the semifinalists for the 2020 Dallas Songwriters Song Contest. Due to the pandemic, we've had an enormous response in entries this year, resulting in a great number of really good songs. The muse has visited our community and with time to spare, a record number of songs have been written this year.  The real treat will be the performances on January 9th and 16th 12 - 3 on Facebook Live 0n our Dallas Songwriters Association page.

Song Name

Artist Name

Co_Writer

City

State

Country

Americana/Folk/Bluegrass






1309 North Austin

Tommy Patterson


Comanche

TX

US

Bayou Sef

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Buried Gold

Michael Bloomer


Frisco

TX

US

Dreamland

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Forty Acres

Chris Albert

Ann Dueren|

Springfield

MO.

US

Hayride

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

I've Known All  Along

SKY HIGH MUSIC LABS


Tualatin

OR

US

Jesus Was Here

Dan Stiles


Raytown

MO.

US

Just to Keep Breathin'

Michael R. J. Roth


Rio Rancho

NM

US

Kevin Young's Cat (A Savior Like Me)

Ireland Casteel


Grapevine

TX

US

Mendocino Sunrise

Ynana Rose


San Luis Obispo

CA

US

Miss Peggy Lee Sings the Blues

Robert Davoli


Lincoln

MA

US

Not A Penny For Me

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Our Turn Now

Len Seligman


SARASOTA

FL

US

Pistol Packin' Mama

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Rednecks, Hippies, And Queers

Chris Albert


Springfield

MO.

US

River Of Memories

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Sonic Or Dairy Queen

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Summer Days

Steve Jackson


Irving

TX

US

The Windmill Bar & Grill

Louie Cate


Alexandria

VA

US

Tonight the Subject is Love

Len Seligman


SARASOTA

FL

US

True, Helpful, and Kind

Len Seligman

Tom Kimmel

SARASOTA

FL

US

When the Levees Fail Again

Seth Ginsburg


PLANO

TX

US

Where I'll Sing Tonight

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Wonder Boy

Randall Mark


El Cajon

CA

US







Christian/Inspirational






Coal

Matt Rogers


Hermitage

TN

US

Come On In The Water's Fine

Tommy Patterson


Comanche

TX

US

Going Home

Matthew Stemme


Clayton

NC

US

Goliath

JaQuay Morgan


Dallas

TX

US

I'm Calling On You Lord

Tim McCasland


Bloomburg

TX

US

In All Your Ways

Phil Ipsan


New York

NY

US

New Sight

Amy aAbernathy



GA

US

Strong defender

Amy aAbernathy



GA

US

This Little Church I Grew Up In

Tommy Patterson


Comanche

TX

US

With Your Love, O God

Denise Rosier


Colorado Springs

CO

US

You've Got To Know Somebody

John Pronk


Amarillo

TX

US

Your Grace Is Still Amazing To Me

Denny Mackey


Dallas

TX

US







Country






Arms of a Woman

Tim Ely


Peacham

VT

US

Bayou Sef

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Behind Bars

T. Edwin Doss


bumpass

VA

US

Best Man

T. Edwin Doss


bumpass

VA

US

Calgary

Casey Edge


Victoria

BC

CAN

Coal

Matt Rogers


Hermitage

TN

US

Dallas

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Dallas Tonight

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Dreamland

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

In Dreamland

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Joined at the Heart

Louie Cate


Alexandria

VA

US

Mistletoin

Louie Cate


Alexandria

VA

US

Our Little House

Michael Bloomer


Frisco

Tx

US

She Never Lets Me Down

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Someone to Miss Me

Susan Odella


Virginia

MN

US

That's My Name

Randy Overton


Waxahachie

TX

US

The Balladeer

Mark Patterson


Plano

TX

US

The Beginning Of The End

Tommy Patterson


Comanche

TX

US

Way Back When

T. Edwin Doss


bumpass

VA

US

When The Fertilizer Hits The Ventilator

Parvin & Patterson


Plano

TX

US







Instrumental






Alone Again (INSTRU)

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Atchafalaya (INSTRU)

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Caviar Helper (INSTRU)

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Dreamz (INSTRU)

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Etouffee (INSTRU)

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Forever Now (INSTRU)

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Last Bus To Hell (INSTRU)

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

My River Of Memories (INSTRU)

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Night On Zombie Mountain (INSTRU)

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

On the Caravan (INSTRU)

Len Seligman

Jon Seligman    

SARASOTA

FL

US

Showdown (INSTRU)

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

The Soldier's Widow (INSTRU)

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US







Love Songs/Easy Listening






By Heart

Parvin & Patterson


Plano

TX

US

Dallas

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Don't Ever Say Never Again

Steve Jackson


Irving

TX

US

Dreamland

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Gold And Tears

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

If I Asked You to Dance

Kerry Kean


Kent

OH

US

In Dreamland

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Save A Little For You

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Secrets

Ireland Casteel


Grapevine

TX

US

So High

Preston Ash


Dallas

TX

US

The Things I Didn't Do for You

Michael R. J. Roth

Eric Ramsey Jerranz

Rio Rancho

NM

US

Til My Last Breath

John Visconti


Cary

NC

US

Wonder Boy

Randall Mark


El Cajon

CA

US






Novelty/Children






Be Happy

Randy Sauer


Hays            

KS

US

Bluebirds & Butterflies

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Dreamland

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Flying Disco Chicken

Randy Sauer


Hays

KS

US

Fried Chicken Ice Cream

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

I Got An App For That

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

In Dreamland

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Lady Luck Abandoned Me

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

My Rio Grande

John Pronk


Amarillo

TX

US

Parking Cars on Mars

Louie Cate


Alexandria

VA

US

Peas Porridge

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Sunrise In The West

John Pronk


Amarillo

TX

US

Zipcode

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US







Pop/Rock/Alt/R&B






Beat It Out Of Baton Rouge

Parvin & Patterson


Plano

TX

US

Bluebirds & Butterflies

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Broken Promises

Ireland Casteel


Grapevine

TX

US

Cajun T

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Dallas

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Dallas Tonight

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Dreamland

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Fear

Trey Connor


AUSTIN

Mi

US

Forget The Day

M'Lynn Musgrove


DALLAS

TX

US

I Got An App For That

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

I'll Never Set You Free

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

I'm Sorry

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

In Dreamland

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Little Miss T

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Make America

Phil Ipsan


New York

NY

US

Maybe Tomorrow

Jose Gomez

Paul Reidy

Elmira

NY

US

Peas Porridge

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Pistol Packin' Mama

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Pity Party

April Gregory


plano

TX

US

Surrender

Parvin & Patterson


Plano

TX

US

Take It Out on Me

Preston Ash


Dallas

TX

US

Word Man

Stefanie Johnson


Allentown

PA

US

Worth Waiting For

Susan Odella


Virginia

MN

US

You Got This

Allen Larson


Dallas

TX

US







Singer/Songwriter






Bayou Sef

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Closer Together, Farther Apart

Seth Ginsburg


Plano

TX

US

Colorado

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Dallas

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Dallas Tonight

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Embers of the World

Seth Ginsburg


Plano

TX

US

Even Though Autumn's In Your Eyes

Robert Davoli


Lincoln

MA

US

Five Years From Today

Rek Rekerdres


Dallas

TX

US

Forget The Day

M'Lynn Musgrove


DALLAS

TX

US

Forgiveness (The Meaning Of The Cross)

Bill Martin


Dallas

TX

US

Ghosts

Brooke Buchanan


Dallas

TX

US

Goodnight Moon

Steve Jackson


Irving

TX

US

Huge Swig of the Now

Robert Davoli


Lincoln

MA

US

I'm Sorry

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

In Dreamland

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Little Miss T

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Now She's a Texas Gal!

Seth Ginsburg


PLANO

TX

US

People Needing People

Andrew Plan

Kristine Wriding

Dallas

TX

US

Pity Party

April Gregory


plano

TX

US

Roam

Ireland Casteel


Grapevine

TX

US

Round the Bend

David Claerr


Garland

TX

US

Runnin' Through The New Brown Corn

T. Edwin Doss


bumpass

VA

US

The Jefferson Story

Tracy Jai


Llanelli

Wales

UK

Where I'll Sing Tonight

Charles Edmund Carter


Dallas

TX

US

Word Man

Stefanie Johnson


Allentown

PA

US

Workin' on a New One

Matthew Kenneth Gray


Normal

IL

US








Winners announced at our virtual Awards Show on SaturdayJanuary 16, 12 - 3.                          

Semi-finalists are invited to perform at Performance Show on January 9, 12 - 3


TOP TEN REASONS TO ENTER THE DSA SONG CONTEST

10. You can win a casio privia keyboard.

9. You can win cash

8. You can win a one year DSA membership or more.

7. You can get a free trial membership for entering online at Broadjam

6. Semifinalists get a chance to perform at the Awards or other DSA Showcases

5. Semifinalists and Winners get their names published in Songwriter Notes and the Press Release

4. Entrants can get peer review on their song

3. Winners get their songs on the awards soundcloud site.

2. Contest recognition looks good on your resume

1. We are a small contest, so you have a better chance to win.

Now in it's 30th year!

The DSA Song Contest is one of the longest running international song contests for amateur songwriters. Offering over $5,000 in cash and prizes this year, the DSA has EIGHT categories in all. See Contest Rules for eligibility.

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DSA is a 501 C-3 non-profit educational organization dedicated to providing to songwriters everywhere opportunities for learning about the craft and business of songwriting. Songwriters Newsletter is published by the Dallas Songwriters Association c/o Sammons Center for the Arts 3630 Harry Hines Blvd Box 20 Dallas, TX 75219.
Barbara McMillen, Editor, Founding President Emeritus http://www.barbaramcmillen.com

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