Songwriting Contest


Augusta Press songwriter Press PlayIf you have a way with words, then Augusta Press is looking for you. The online newspaper is accepting submissions until June 30 from local songwriters for Press Play, a contest for original music sponsored by the paper.

Songwriters should submit a digital file, preferably an MP3, to The submission must be radio ready – translation: keep it clean, people. No profanity, slurs or otherwise offensive content.

In addition, the tracks must be able to be played live. Entries are limited to one song per artist, and the songs will be posted online at

The three songs that receive the most votes between July 1 and August 19, plus three critic picks, will be performed live on opening night of the 2022 Arts In the Heart of Augusta Festival when Press Play takes over that event’s central Global Stage.

A panel of judges will award the first, second and third place winners $500, $250 and $125 respectively.