Song writing competition returns to Hank Fest

Published 5:44 pm Friday, April 3, 2009

Got a hankering to write a song? Want to show off your storytelling skills set to music?

Then make plans to be a part of the Song Writers’ Contest at this year’s Hank Williams Sr. Festival. After a hiatus, the competition is back and being sponsored by the Hank Williams International Fan Club.

“We are very excited to hold the contest again this year as we mark the 30th anniversary of our festival in Georgiana,” said fan club president Mary Wallace.

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“We want to encourage all the aspiring songwriters out there to be a part of our contest.”

The event will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 12 at the Georgiana Senior Nutrition Center located at 306 North Palmer Ave. All songwriters are asked to contribute one to two original songs, complete with melody and lyrics.

“The songs will be judged equally based on lyric continuity, lyric style, overall lyric story, originality of words and concept melody,” Wallace said.

All applications must be submitted between May 20 and June 6. Each song submitted must be accompanied by an application form, a cassette tape or CD recording of the song’s performance, five copies of lyrics and an entry fee for $10. Forms can be downloaded at the fan club site,

From all the entries, the field will be whittled down to 25 songs or less. These will be performed live with guitar or a cappella before the judges and audience at the Georgiana Nutritional Center.

Prizes will be awarded as follows: the Grand Prize winner will get an acoustic guitar, studio recording time, trophy, certificate and a T-shirt, with the 2nd place, 3rd place and 4th place winners each taking home a trophy, certificate and T-shirt.

“The first and second place winners also get the chance to perform their winning song on stage at the festival, and the 1st place winner will get to perform at the Alabama Pecan Festival in Mobile on November 9,” Wallace said.

For more information, contact Sherri Brackin at 251-490-5026 or by email at , or Mary Wallace at 334-376-9821.