Songwriters Stage Fall 2021

Winners are:

1st place, Troy Leach

2nd place, Daniel Neuhoff

3rd place, The Briars


The 8 finalists were:

Cold Hands, Daniel Neuhoff, ET, Micahel Hailey, Of August, Robin Baker, Sydney and Brayden, and Troy Leach


Awards Pool: $200-

1st place $100-, 2nd $60-, 3rd $40-


Mountain Music Merchandise Credit @ $50 / $25 / $15

Winners record Live At The Library with Richard Winham*

All contestants are candidates to

record for Scenic Roots on WUTC*

Updated 9/1/2021

* subject to schedule availability

Contest overview


+ Each contestant submits a link to a recorded performance of themselves performing their entry song. There are two rounds of eliminations held virtually online followed by a finale held at the Camp House on Saturday November 13* where 8 finalists will present their best song.

+ Open to solo or duo contestants.

+ Winners are determined by a combination of the two judges and audience votes.

+ Entries: The recorded video should simulate a live performance with no backtracks. Only the registered contestants may appear or contribute. This is a music contest not a video contest so all types of recordings are acceptable.  

+ All words and lyrics must be the original work of the contestants. A copy of the song lyrics is submitted for judge’s evaluation.

+ Contestants submit information for their artist profile which is used for promotions.

+ At each stage of the contest contestants have the option to submit a fresh new song or may continue with their original entry.

* Subject to government guidelines and due to changing public health crisis conditions may be held online.


Songwriters Stage 2021 Schedule:


September 15, Open Entry

October 15, midnight, entries closed

October 22, 1st elimination: 16 contestants advance 

November 5, 2nd elimination: 8 contestants advance to finals

November 13 finale at the Camp House 




Winners are selected by a combination of votes of two judges plus the people's choice

People’s choice: link to online ballot is posted during specified time.

Judge’s criteria:

This is a singer-songwriter contest, not a video contest. The Contestant may enter a studio produced video or a phone video recorded in their bathroom. Video quality is not being judged. Judges will be looking at:

            + one person singing their own song,

            + playing their own instrument,

            + presented with excellent stage presence.

That is the tradition of the solo singer songwriter, and what the judges will reward.

Judges Rubric: 60 points possible

A- Lyrics: story, meaningful, emotional impact, 0-10 points

B- Instrumental quality 0-10 points

C- Lyrics and music combined; 0-10 points

D- Vocal delivery; 0-10 points

E- Stage presence, performance 0- 10 points

F- Judge preference, subjective undefinable abstract quality 0-10 points



Consent for minor

Check out the winner interviews

from the last contest, on

WUTC with Richard Winham

Winners of winter 2021 Songwriters Stage: Brayden Guerette, Nancy Dwight Seiters and Drew Richelle

(Ryan Oyer was a winner but featured in separate interview)

Interview link

Artist Sponsor Program

Chattown Stages provides a unique opportunity for a business or organization sponsor a Contestant. When registered, the Contestant promotes their sponsor in their profile and their video. The $50- fee for this is separate from the Contestant entry fee and does not go into the awards pool.

Sponsorship FORM

After completing form return here to submit $50- payment