2016 Songwriting Contest

Gil’s Hootenanny & Writer’s Bloc in conjunction with Ottawa Grassroots Festival & Spirit of Rasputin’s present the Third Annual

2016 “Sing-Along” Song Writing Contest

Link to the registration page…


  • To encourage the writing and performing of new sing-along songs or new lyrics for existing melodies along the Gil’s Hootenanny themes of “Songs of Protest, Songs of Hope”.


  • Songs should reflect the topics of “Songs of Protest, Songs of Hope”.
  • Songs should be easily taught to an audience without song sheets.
  • Finalist songs must be performed at Ottawa Grassroots Festival on Sunday April 24, 2016.
  • The winning song must be performed at Gil’s Hootenanny in Ottawa on Sunday May 1, 2016.
  • If not performed by the writer, the writer is responsible for providing a performer.


  • As well as having the opportunity to perform their songs before an audience, the finalists and winners will be paid for performing.

Submission process

  • Complete the entry form on the Rasputins website here…
  • Upload one lyric sheet (accepted formats: .doc, .docx, .odt, .txt, .pdf, .rtf)
  • Upload one sound file (accepted format: .mp3 only)
    NOTE: 10MB filesize limit. Recommended compression: 128kbps or less.
  • To avoid confusion, use the following file naming convention for uploaded files:


  • Entries must be submitted by Friday April 1st, 2016.
  • Finalists will be notified on Friday April 15, 2016.
  • Finalist’s songs will be performed Sunday afternoon April 24, 2016 at The Ottawa Grassroots Festival.
  • The winning song will be performed Sunday afternoon May 1, 2016.

arrow4redRegister your entry at the
Spirit of Rasputin’s
Songwriting contest page here…

For more information on the contest or if you experience problems submitting your entry contact Hollis Morgan at hmorgan@hollismorgan.com or 613-832-9235.

“Songs are funny things. They can slip across borders. Proliferate in prisons. Penetrate hard shells. I always believed that the right song at the right moment could change history.”
Pete Seeger