Song Competition

The Tamworth Songwriters Association (TSA) hosts an annual songwriting contest known as the TSA Songwriter Salute Awards for original country songs.  If you write original songs with a country flavour then this contest provides an excellent platform for your songs to be heard and judged with the potential for prizes, publicity, radio airplay and a chance to expand your song writing profile.

You can enter as a TSA member and receive a discount for entry or as a non-member of the TSA.  The contest offers a wide range of categories for entry.  These include:

  • Country Ballad
  • Country Rock
  • Country Blues
  • Alt Country
  • Traditional Country
  • Bluegrass
  • Bush Ballad
  • Lyrics Only
  • Local Heroes
  • Novice
  • Gospel / Spiritual
  • Comedy / Novelty
  • Youth

The contest opens on the 1st August, 2023 and closes for entries on 1st October 2023. Now Extended to midnight 7th October 2023

The TSA Songwriter Salute AWARDS will be held in Tamworth  23 rd January, 2024 at the Moonshiners Bar.



All entries will be judged by various panels selected by the TSA.  Judges will be from the music industry.  A panel shall consist of three judges. Each member of the panel shall score the song on an overall basis.  Semi-finalists will be judged again by a different panel to determine the finalists and the eventual winner.


Cost of entry

Costs to enter the songwriting contest:

  • TSA members … $15.00 per song
  • Non-members … $25.00 per song


How to Enter

If you wish to enter the contest you must first read the RULES  and some Category Definitions (see Rules page) associated with contest.  

For all categories (except for Lyrics only) you will need to submit an MP3 (ideally 128mbps file size) along with a PDF of your lyrics.

All entries are via our online portal provided by Song Central.

Payment will be online and processed through PayPal where you can pay via credit card (AMEX, Visa, Mastercard) or use a PayPal account (if you have one)



Become a member of the TSA and receive a discount on your entry fee.  Join here.  

  • Standard member … $35.00 per year
  • Youth (under 18 yrs) …  $10.00 per year



  • Winning entries for all sections receive a trophy and $200 cash
  • TSA New Songwriter of the Year winning entry receives a trophy and $1000