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Now in its 19th year, The DSA 2008 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 added TWO new categories - "Bare Bones" (vocals + 1 or 2 instruments) and "Music Video," for TEN categories in all. See Contest Rules for eligibility. Accepting Submissions August 18. Pick your category and enter today! Or click here to submit to the Music Video category.

  • Country
  • Pop/Rock/R&B/Alternative
  • Americana/Folk/Bluegrass
  • Christian/Inspirational
  • Love Songs/Easy Listening
  • Children's/Novelty
  • Singer-Songwriter
  • Instrumental
  • Music Video – NEW category for 2008!
  • Bare Bones - NEW category for 2008!

Click here for more info about this contest and how to join the DSA.


$5,000 in cash and prizes
Each song entry automatically enters you in a drawing to win a Free i-POD!

Grand Prize Winner
A Gibson guitar
A 1 year Primo MoB Membership ($199.95 value)
A Premier Song Demo, Compliments of Beaird Music Group ($705 value)

First Runner Up
1 Day of FREE Recording and a Night in Merlin's Cabin at River Sound Recording Studio on the Llano River in the Texas Hill Country
A 1 year Broadjam Primo MoB Membership ($199.95 value)

2nd Runner Up
A 40 Minute Song Consultation by Songwriter/Producer/Songwriting Instructor, Kim Copeland ($50 value)
A 1 year Broadjam Primo MoB Membership ($199.95 value)

First Place Winners in each of the ten categories:
$100 cash
A 1 year Broadjam MoB Membership ($49.95 value)
A 1 year Dallas Songwriter Association membership ($50 value)

Second Place Winners:
$50 in cash
A 1 year Dallas Songwriter Association membership ($50 value)

Third Place Winners:
A 1 year Dallas Songwriter Association membership ($50 value)

Submissions Fee

DSA Member- $15.00 per song
Non DSA Member- $20.00 per song
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Important Dates

Submission deadline:
December 1, 2008
Drawing for free IPOD:
January 13, 2008
Semi-Finalists announced:
January 13, 2008
Finalists & Grand Prize Winners announced:
February 15, 2009


  • ENTRY FEE: $20 per song, $15 for DSA members
  • To enter online, you are not required to be a member of DSA, but you must be a registered member of, or you must register for a free 90 day Broadjam ProMob membership to upload/submit your songs to this contest. Song files should be uploaded as 128 KB MP3 files. Music Videos must be entered separately and can be submitted in any video file format.
  • The DSA Annual Song Contest is open to any amateur songwriter. (This song contest defines ‘amateur’ as a songwriter who has not earned more than $5,000 from songwriting-related royalties, works for hire or advances since January 1, 2004. Contestants must be at least 13 years of age. Each contestant must provide accurate contact information or no prizes will be awarded. Closing and announcement dates may be changed without notice.
  • Each song submitted must be your original work.
  • A song is defined as a melody with lyrics. A single song entry may be no longer than five (5) minutes in duration. An Instrumental (music with no lyrics) is permitted only in its category and is limited to 7 minutes. A Music Video is limited to 10 minutes.
  • Enter as many songs as you like in each category. Enter as many categories as you like for each song. HOWEVER, you must send or upload an entry form, fee, (with CD or Mp3 -no cassettes accepted), lyric sheet (except for instrumental entry) for each song entered. EACH SONG CAN ONLY WIN FIRST PLACE IN ONE CATEGORY.
  • All entries must be received by no later than midnight, Oct. 31, 2008. Neither DSA, Nor Broadjam is responsible for lost, damaged or misdirected entries, nor for the quality of the sound files of the song. Entry material WILL NOT BE RETURNED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. DO NOT SEND YOUR ONLY COPY OR S.A.S.E.
  • First prize or grand prize winning songs of any past DSA sponsored annual song contests are ineligible for entry.
  • Entrants agree that if their song is a winner of any prize in the contest, DSA and Broadjam or any of DSA’s online submission partners will have the right to the use of their names, pictures, and voice for purposes of trade in connection with the Contest, and publish the winning songs and lyrics in the DSA ‘Songwriters Notes’ newsletter and/or website and/or on, other DSA online submission partners, and/or on a promotional CD given away an awards ceremony or to radio stations for promotion. By accepting the prize, winner releases DSA and of any and all liability regarding prizes awarded. All warranties & performance of service promised is the sole responsibility of the sponsor providing such service. Any contest winner under the legal age of 18 must provide the express written consent of a parent or legal guardian within 48 hours of notification in order to receive prizes and/or promotion through the contest sponsors.
  • Entrants retain all publishing rights to their song(s).
  • Entries may not infringe upon any existing copyright or other rights of a third party. By signing the entry form, the entrant agrees to release DSA, Broadjam, or other online submission partner from any and all liability for copyright infringement of any entry submitted by entrant. Contestants will be eliminated for false registration, making false claims, or cheating. Songs in violation of any copyright not owned by the contestant will be eliminated.
  • The decision of the judges is final!
  • Employees of Broadjam, any other online submission partner, Dallas Songwriters Association and its judges, their advertising agencies, their affiliates, representatives, and their families or households of their employees are ineligible to enter/win.
  • Additions or deletions to these rules may be made at the discretion of DSA, and may be enacted at any time. Other rules for online submission may apply.
  • Any use of contest material outside of DSA, Broadjam, or other online submission partners is in violation of copyrights owned by either DSA, Broadjam and their partnering companies, and/or the partnering companies of other online submission partners.
  • The selection of contest winners by DSA, and its judges is final. Arrangements for receiving all prizes, unless otherwise specified, must be made within thirty days of announcing the winners. It is the responsibility of the winners to claim prizes within the thirty days provided. All unclaimed prizes will be forfeited, and DSA, may award any unclaimed prize at the end of the thirty-day grace period to a contest runner-up. All prizes are non-transferable and void where prohibited by law. No cash substitution of prizes is allowed. Winners understand and agree that they are responsible for any and all taxes, including but not limited to sales, income, or value added, incurred on prizes received, and for any and all duties, tariffs, or import fees that may be assessed upon receiving contest prizes. DSA, and/or its partners, sponsors, or affiliates will incur the cost of shipping and may be shipped at their discretion. Neither DSA, nor their sponsors are responsible for the failure or tardiness of prizes delivered via US Postal Service, United Parcel Service, Federal Express, DHL, or other reputable carrier. Proper identification such as a valid driver’s license, passport, state ID, or military ID may be required to receive the prizes. Further entry rules may be applicable entering online with the contest submission partner.
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