Songwriter Showcase

Songwriter Showcase

Songwriter Showcase

Songwriter Showcase

The Songwriter Showcase is our nationally-recognized singer-songwriter competition, open to anyone who writes and performs original music, and who is not currently signed to a major recording or publishing deal. Contestants are judged on the quality of the song’s composition, vocal delivery, and the overall performance.

Past showcase finalists include Erica Wheeler, Don Conoscenti, Karen Pernick, Deb Talan, Dan Sheridan, Dee Carstensen, Mitch Barrett, Sarah Sample, Chuck E. Costa, Liz Longley, Megan Burtt, Caleb Hawley, Robby Hecht, Caroline Spence, Connor Garvey, Ben Shannon, Korby Lenker, Heather Mae, Kira Small and 2019 winner Alexa Wildish.

Entering the Showcase

  • We are now accepting entries for the 2020 Songwriter Showcase thru May 22, 2020.
  • The entrance fee is $10 per song. Contestants may submit up to two original songs.
  • The 2020 songs may be submitted in two ways:
    • Online: contestants may submit electronically through SonicBids. Online submissions are just $5 thru December 31! After January 1, the entry cost increases to $10/song. Limit 2 songs/person.
    • Snail mail: send us a CD (no cassette tapes or vinyl, please) with the songs/tracks for consideration clearly specified. Please enclose a check for $10/song payable to Planet Bluegrass. Please ensure your contact information is printed on the CD. Limit 2 songs per person. Please do not send any lead sheets, lyrics, publicity, bios, etc. Recordings will not be returned. Send your CD and entrance fee to:
      Planet Bluegrass
      PO Box 769
      Lyons, CO 80540
      Attn: Folks Showcase Contest
  • Important submission dates:
    • Entry Deadline: May 22. All submissions must be postmarked or submitted to SonicBids
    • Notification: July 1. We will notify all finalists and alternates by this date. Watch for the public posting of Showcase finalists around this time.


  • Finals: Friday, August 7, 10:30am-12:30pm on the Festival Main Stage. Prizes are awarded on the main stage shortly after the Showcase performance.
  • Showcase Finalists in-the-round. We’ll be featuring the Showcase finalists in three different in-the-round sessions on Saturday and Sunday in the Wildflower Pavilion (see the Wildflower schedule for specific times).


1st Place:

2021 Festival Main Stage Set,
Taylor Guitar (model TBA), and $400

Songwriter Showcase

Custom Taylor 714ce WSB (2019 prize)

2020 prize instrument TBA

This vintage-look edition of our Grand Auditorium 714ce sports a Western Sunburst top treatment to complement its warm, saturated tonal personality. The solid Lutz spruce top delivers a powerful sonic output (reminiscent of old-growth Adirondack spruce) that’s further bolstered by the addition of our V-Class bracing. Together with solid Indian rosewood back and sides, players can expect the appealing blend of strong lows, sparkling highs, and overtone bloom that has made rosewood a tonewood favorite, with an inspiring new level of musicality thanks to the bracing. The guitar produces surprising volume with a light touch, while heavier strumming yields stunning projection and sustain. The V-Class architecture also controls the top movement in a way that produces a more orderly response, enhancing the in-tuneness of the notes and giving rosewood’s rich overtone bloom a wonderfully well-behaved character. Wood-rich aesthetic details include koa binding, a herringbone Douglas fir/maple rosette, bias-cut Douglas fir top trim, and our Reflections fretboard/peghead inlays in abalone. This model includes Taylor ES2 electronics for faithful amplified tone and ships in a deluxe hardshell case.

2nd Place:


3rd Place:


4th Place:


5th Place:


6th - 10th Place:

$150 each

  • In addition, all ten of the Showcase Finalists will receive a 3-day pass with on-site camping for the Folks Festival, as well as a spot in one of the Songwriter in-the-round sets in the Wildflower Pavilion on Saturday and Sunday of the Festival.

Rules & Guidelines

2019 Showcase Finalists

2019 Honorable Mentions