The second place prize is an Epiphone acoustic guitar personally autographed by a well-known country music star.

Ozone Songwriters Festival now accepting applications for songwriter contest

This October, Mandeville will host the 1st Annual Ozone Songwriter Festival, which will feature over 70 national and regional performers on three stages. It will also celebrate emergent songwriters with a competition.

Festival organizers have announced they are accepting submissions from songwriters interested in entering a competition. According to a press release, the grand-prize winner will receive a co-writing session with renowned songwriter and Ozone Songwriter Festival and Education Foundation President, Greg Barnhill, and will also receive an afternoon recording session at Rabadash Recording Studio in Covington. The second place prize is an Epiphone acoustic guitar personally autographed by a well-known country music star. The third place winner receives a $100 gift certificate for Lanier Music.

Originality, song structure, memorability and talent will be components in the judging process. To enter, applicants must pay a non-refundable $20 entrance fee per song, submit songs electronically in MP3 format through the link at, include a lyric sheet and short bio. Of course, songs must be wholly original and the names of all co-writers must be included. Up to three songs may be submitted by each contestant.

“Only amateur songwriters (including co-writers) are allowed to submit entries to the competition,” say organizers. “For competition purposes, amateur is defined as anyone who has never had any song they wrote appear on any of the Billboard charts. Entrant will retain all ownership rights to their submitted songs, and “OZONE” will not have any ownership rights to any submitted song.”


1. “OZONE” is not responsible for invalid email addresses, or any other issues that result in an entrant’s non-receipt of emails including but not limited to, server/email malfunctions or automatic delivery to spam/junk folder.

2.Entrant gives permission for “OZONE” to use winner’s name, likeness and voice for future advertising or publicity without additional compensation.

3.”OZONE”, its judges and sponsors are not responsible for any liability, injury, damages or loss that may result, directly or indirectly from the entrant’s participation in the competition, or the prizes to be delivered hereunder.

4. By entering this competition, all entrants and/or their parents or legal guardians (if such entrant is a minor) agree to accept and be bound by the decisions of “OZONE” and its judges which are final and binding in all matters. By submitting an entry into the competition, each entrant agrees to be bound by all terms of these official Rules and Regulations as set herein or established from time to time.

The finalists will be announced October 7, 2018, with specific first, second, and third place rankings announced at the Festival. Winners will personally perform the winning songs at the October festival.