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$1,000 Grand Prize and more, six finalists chosen every 2 weeks, a Grand Prize Winner after 3 months! Read on for an... $1,000 Grand Prize and more, six finalists chosen every 2 weeks, a Grand Prize Winner after 3 months!

Read on for answers to frequently asked questions:

Can I enter more than one song?
Yes, multiple entries are allowed. An artist can only have one song per mini round selected as a finalist.

How much does it cost to enter?
$39.99 (must be actively enrolled to win)

What are the deadlines to enter?
Submissions can be uploaded at any time, the voting tallies are used every two weeks to promote contestants to the finals for each quarter.

Can my song be rejected?
Yes. The Country Showdown and American Music Channel maintain strict playability rules and have the final authority to accept or reject any song with no explanation provided, although we will try our best to give feedback about why a song might have been rejected.

Are international entries accepted?
Yes.

Who can vote?
Only those who have registered on SoundEmerge can vote. You can have people sign up by clicking on the "Like" button of any song entry in the Country Showdown Songwriting Competition.

How does the voting work?
Voting is simple! Bi-weekly finalists will be selected strictly from on-line voting conducted by industry insiders and fans registered on SoundEmerge. It's each songwriter's responsibility to build their "fan base" by encouraging friends, family etc. to vote for their song. The top 5 songs with the most votes are then promoted to the finals, with a spare spot reserved as a judges "wild card." All decisions are final.

Do I lose ownership of my song by entering?
No. By entering the contest, you only license Country Showdown and American Music Channel to post your song to its website and media outlets and, if it is selected, name you as a finalist/winner. You may remove your song at the end of each quarterly contest and retain all rights.

Can there be co-writers on the song?
Yes. All co-writers / co-owners of the song must be listed on the submission (along with contact information to enable us to verify authorship). Each song submitted must be original work and must not have been previously released by, licensed to or placed under contract for commercial sale with any other party. Songs shall not infringe upon copyrights or any other rights of any third party.

Does a poor recording affect my chances of winning?
Only if it affects the ability of the insider/fan to listen to the song and interpret the lyrics.

What music format do you accept?
The SoundEmerge platform accepts mp3, mp4, .mov, and YouTube/Vimeo submissions. File size limits apply for the various formats.

What genre of music is accepted?
The contest is limited to Country/Americana songs, although we are planning to have similar contests for other genres in the future.

Can I submit a song with just vocals (no music) or an instrumental?
Yes. You can sing your song a capella, accompany it with a guitar, or a full band.

How will I know if I win or the status of the competition?
The top leaders are updated daily on the contest website. Also, voting totals will accompany each song listing; you can sort your view to include only contest entrants by popularity. The winners will be announced bi-weekly and contacted by email or direct messaging through social media.

What happens if I am selected as a finalist or if I win?
You will be notified by Country Showdown and SoundEmerge via the email addresses provided on your profile. Winners will be asked to produce a copyright form and/or a public notary to prove and verify the ownership of their song. Once your song eligibility and address is verified, a prize package will be mailed.

What are the prizes?
Each bi-weekly finalist will receive promotional prizes and a spot in the final quarterly competition. In addition, their song will be featured on American Music Channel's website as a "Featured Song" for the following bi-weekly period. Each quarter, a grand prize winner will be selected from the finalists and will win $1,000 along with a variety of other perks.
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  •   Luke and Jessi Maness commented on this post about 1 year ago
    Hi everyone! Congratulations to Luke and Jessi Maness on being the GRAND PRIZE WINNER of Season 4 of the Country Showdown Songwriting Contest!!! Their entry "Poets and Ramblers AKA Too Close for Comfort" has earned them the $1000 cash prize and additional benefits and we look forward to working with them on more media promotions and engagements, details coming soon!

    To all the finalists, it was a very good crop of contestants this season and you should all be extraordinarily proud of your work! You will be receiving an email soon with your feedback scores and judges' comments from the final round of judging. We also have some nice certificates for you and will be verifying your mailing address for those. We have several engagements planned and will be reaching out to many of you for further opportunities so please keep an eye out for our emails.

    Thanks and stay tuned for more!

    --Country Showdown Songwriting Contest Team
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  •   Dave Purington reacted to this post about 1 year ago
    Howdy folks!!! Our last round of finalists have been announced, the contest will name the winner by the end of January!!! Lots of great songs right there at the end, and there were *two* wildcards to round out the competition. Congrats to Jeff Bamberg, Henrik Bank, Luke and Jessi Maness, Mondo Live , Jason Lester Piper, Glenn Shayne, and McKayla Webb for their awesome submissions. All of you have done such a great job so far! Stay tuned..!
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  •   Country Showdown Songwriting Contest reacted to this post about 1 year ago
    Howdy folks!!! Our last round of finalists have been announced, the contest will name the winner by the end of January!!! Lots of great songs right there at the end, and there were *two* wildcards to round out the competition. Congrats to Jeff... Howdy folks!!! Our last round of finalists have been announced, the contest will name the winner by the end of January!!! Lots of great songs right there at the end, and there were *two* wildcards to round out the competition. Congrats to Jeff Bamberg, Henrik Bank, Luke and Jessi Maness, Mondo Live , Jason Lester Piper, Glenn Shayne, and McKayla Webb for their awesome submissions. All of you have done such a great job so far! Stay tuned..! More
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  •   Robert N Eskew reacted to this post about 1 year ago
    Great news folks! We're announcing the latest round of finalists this weekend, then we're going to EXTEND THE FINAL ROUND through the holiday season and announce the winner(s) the first week of January. Also, we'll be doing some live feeds and would like to mention some of your work so make sure your profile photos are in good shape and your BIOs are up to date!!! Stay tuned! ‏ — feeling happy
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  •   Guest reacted to this post about 1 year ago
    OK folks, lots of great songs this round, please help me in congratulating our latest group of finalists! First off we have Robert N Eskew for his song "Eyes of a Child," Dave Purington for his song "Lonesome Highway," Damien Gunn for his latest song "Koozie," J.R. McNutt for his song titled "Where Did You Go," and finally the latest song from Amy Pitzer called "It's My Dream." Very well done all around folks, and we are all looking forward to seeing what's coming down the road as we head toward the finals..!
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    If any songwriting contestants have not already done so, please send me a friend request or respond to my friend request if I sent you one and I'll add you to the contestant group for Season 4. We use the group to manage communication with the... If any songwriting contestants have not already done so, please send me a friend request or respond to my friend request if I sent you one and I'll add you to the contestant group for Season 4. We use the group to manage communication with the contestants throughout the season. Thanks! More
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    If any songwriting contestants have not already done so, please send me a friend request or respond to my friend request if I sent you one and I'll add you to the contestant group for Season 4. We use the group to manage communication with the contestants throughout the season. Thanks!
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