Competitions 2018-02-16T19:54:18+00:00

Songwriting Competition

CT Folk invites singer-songwriters to enter at least two of their compositions in the 2018 Grassy Hill Song Competition.

Five finalists will perform two of their submitted songs at the Connecticut Folk Festival & Green Expo on September 8th in New Haven before a panel of judges. The winner will receive $150 and will be awarded a slot in the 2019 Festival lineup. Judges are music industry professionals and DJs.

The Connecticut Folk Festival & Green Expo is a free outdoor event in New Haven’s Edgerton Park with a main stage, a contra dance, activities for children, and at least 75 “Green Living” exhibitors, educators, and vendors. Musicians perform, rain or shine, from 11 AM through 10 PM.

Fees: $25 for the first two songs (minimum requirement) and $20 per each additional song (optional). Competitors may enter an unlimited number of songs. Competitors must use the Wufoo website to enter.

Additional Information

  • Solo or duo singer-songwriters may enter the competition.
  • Songwriters retain all rights to the songs that they have submitted to the competition.
  • Each entered song should not exceed 4 minutes in duration, including introduction.
  • Songs will be judged on quality of songwriting. Professional recordings are not required.
  • CT Folk board members, staff, and members of their families are not eligible for the competition.
  • The deadline for entering the competition is March 31, 2018. Finalists will be notified by April 30th.

Finalists Information

  • Finalists must perform (only) two of their submitted songs on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at the event in New Haven, Connecticut, and are responsible for their own travel and lodging.
  • Professional sound and sound engineer will be provided. No backline will be provided.
  • Solo performers may bring one backup musician for the competition performance.
  • Performers must provide the judges with a hard copy of lyrics on the day of the festival.

Congratulations to Open Book —Winners of the 2017 Grassy Hill Songwriting Competition!

CT Folk also thanks this year’s other Finalists:

Randy Emmons
David Sasso
Carol Van Alstine
Maggie Wing