Songwriting Contest

Thanks to all who signed up for this year’s Songwriting Contest! This year’s winners are:

1st Place – Autumn Heigle - “Harvest Bound”
2nd Place – Mike Ichniowski - “Mulberry Mountain Reunion”
3rd Place – Lindsey Flowers - “Feather in the Wind”

Come watch our winners perform at the Roost Stage – Friday 12:30pm

Harvest Songwriting Contest 

Top 3 Contestants from 2012 Songwriting Contest

Top 3 Contestants from 2012 Songwriting Contest

Bust out your instrument and creativity—Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival is having its second annual songwriting contest!

The First Place Songwriter will be rewarded a new guitar provided by The Musician’s Exchange in Van Buren Arkansas!

First, Second, and Third Place Songwriter winners will receive:

** Two full event passes to Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival 2013

**The opportunity to perform your winning song live at the festival


You must mention TWO of the five following topics in the lyrics of the song:

Harvest Music Festival: (Examples: Write about a favorite memory at Harvest, why you want to go to Harvest, or why you enjoy Harvest so much!)

Mulberry Mountain: (Examples:  Have your lyrics be about the setting of Mulberry Mountain or an experience you had on Mulberry Mountain.)

Yonder Mountain String Band (Examples:  Sing about a Yonder Mountain show memory, why you love Yonder Mountain String Band, or how you discovered Yonder Mountain String Band)

Ozark Mountains

Harvest Moon

Songs must be submitted by Monday September 16th in MP3 format.

Each song entry requires:
(1) A Completed Submission Form here
(2) A $10 Entry Fee here

Each song submitted must have its own submission form.  Enter as many songs as you would like.
Entry fees for multiple song submissions may be combined into one payment. For example, if you have two songs you would like to submit, you must fill out two submission forms and make one entry payment of $20.

No paid performers of Harvest 2013 will be allowed to enter.

Acoustic lyrical songs only.

Songs must be less than five minutes in length.

Contestants may play the song solo or have a maximum of one person to accompany them.   This rule applies for both submitting the song and presenting it onsite.

Song entry must match performer’s capability.  You must enter the song in the same way you will be allowed to present it if you win.

Lyrics must be typed out and submitted along with the song.

Songs will be judged on originality, melodic, and lyrical content and WILL NOT be judged on performance.  The point system used for judging is shown below, with a maximum of 500 points available.

Judging Point System:

1. Song Originality100 points
2. Melodic Presence100 points
3. Quality of the Lyric Hook100 points
4. Quality of Lyric Subject Matter100 points
5. Quality of Lyric Structure100 points

Entrants retain all rights to their songs.

We will announce the winner of the songwriting contest via the Harvest Facebook shortly after the entry deadline (September 16th) and will contact the winners of the contest via telephone and/or email.

Submit your song(s) here!

Submit your entry fee(s) here!


A huge thanks to the Musicians Exchange in Van Buren Arkansas for their support of the Harvest Songwriting Contest!Musician's Exchange