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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 41st year.

Yes, there are rules to the contest 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, in addition to making you eligible for all the prizes, provides funding for many educational and networking opportunities in the art and business of songwriting, and supports DMV songwriters, other music organizations and music events through SAW programming. SAW provides emerging songwriters with performance opportunities, workshops, and peer critique. For more information, visit the SAW website.

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


  • 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 


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 Celebration. 

    Important 2024 Dates

Contest Opens: July 7
Final Entry Deadline: Sep 30th 2024
Category Winners Announced
: on or before December 31

Overall and Special Awards: announced early 2025

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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