Telluride Troubadour Contest

Telluride Troubadour Contest

Telluride Troubadour Contest

Telluride Troubadour Contest

The Telluride Troubadour Competition is a nationally recognized 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. Finalists are awarded cash and prizes, as well as critical acclaim, well-deserved recognition, and a chance to perform on the festival main stage!

Entering the Contest

  • We are now accepting entries for the 2020 Troubadour Contest thru April 3, 2020.
  • The entrance fee is $10 per song. Contestants may submit up to two original songs.
  • Songs can be submitted two ways:
    • Submit online: contestants may submit their songs electronically through Sonicbids. Online submissions will cost $10/song, payable by credit card.
    • Submit by snail mail: send us a CD (no cassette tapes, please) with the songs/tracks for consideration clearly specified. Please enclose checks for $10/song payable to Planet Bluegrass. Limit 2 songs per person. Please do not send any lead sheets, lyrics, publicity, bios, etc. Recordings will not be returned. Please remember to include your contact information. Send your CD, entrance fee, and contact information to:
        Planet Bluegrass
        PO Box 769
        Lyons, CO 80540
        Attn: Telluride Troubadour Contest
  • Important submission dates:
    • April 3: All submissions must be postmarked or submitted to SonicBids
    • April 24: We will notify all finalists and alternates by this date. Watch for the public posting of Troubadour finalists around this time.


  • 1st Place: Custom Shanti guitar and $400
  • 2nd Place: $500 & Martin Travel Guitar
  • 3rd Place: $400 & Martin Travel Guitar
  • 4th Place: $300 & Martin Travel Guitar
  • 5th Place: $250 & Martin Travel Guitar
  • 6th - 10th Place: $150
  • Each finalist also receives: an “in the round” workshop spot in Elks Park, a tweener main stage spot over the festival weekend, guitar strings courtesy of D’Addario, and a pair of sandals courtesy of KEEN Footwear.


  • Preliminary Round.
    Approx Noon (exact time TBA), Thursday, June 18. Elks Park Stage (across from the Sheridan Opera House on Main Street).
  • Final Round.
    Approx 2:45pm (exact time TBA), Friday, June 19. Elks Park Stage.
  • The Troubadour winner performs a fifteen-minute set at approx 6:15pm on Saturday evening, June 20 on the Festival Main Stage in front of 10,000 joyous Festivarians from all over the world. Award is presented on stage immediately prior to performance.

Rules & Guidelines

2019 Troubadour Finalists

2019 Honorable Mentions

Past Winners