April 6 - 7, 2018 Singer Songwriter Competition

The Don Gibson Singer Songwriter Symposium…

encourages the development of singer songwriters and honors the Shelby native who was a member of the Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry, and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The Don Gibson American Music Foundation and the City of Shelby are proud to present the Don Gibson Singer Songwriter Symposium on April 6 – 7, 2018

Three Finalists will be chosen:
First Place – $1,000
Second Place – $400
Third Place – $200

If you are a songwriter, you won’t want to miss this chance to enter your song and be the next Don Gibson Singer Songwriter Award winner!

Entries will begin January 1, 2018
and deadline for entry is March 6, 2018.

The Contestants will be judged on:

1.  Composition – Depth, Insight, Cleverness, Creativity – 45%

2.  Vocal Quality  – Pitch, Tone, Projection –  20%

3.  Showmanship  –  Personality, Charisma, Connection with Audience – 15%

4.  Overall Creativity  difficulty – 15%

5.  Audience Response 5%


Our 2017 Winner – Caroline Keller

April 6 Event - Nashville Writers in the Round

We have some of Nashville’s most talented writers sharing their songs and stories. You will not want to miss this event, April 6 at 8 pm.

View and Download Official Rules

View the official rules.

Download Official PDF Entry Form

Download PDF file of the official entry form. Fill out form and mail entry along with payment for entry.

Use Online Registration Form

Fill out electronic entry form and submit instantly. 

Upload Your Recorded Song

Fill out electronic entry form and submit instantly.