Muse on the Waccamaw Songwriting Contest

Create! Conway is pleased to announce the 2020 Muse on the Waccamaw Songwriting Contest. Sponsored by Southern Harmony Recording Studio, Conway Glass, Studio Kook, Shine Café, Good Day Café, Borgata Bar and more, the contest showcases the best local and regional songwriting talent. Songwriters will be judged on criteria including lyrical and musical content.

Songwriters may be asked to perform up to three original songs.

The Muse on the Waccamaw will consist of performances in four preliminary rounds and a final round. The four preliminary rounds will start in January, and will running through mid-March. The finals will be on April 18th at the 104 Laurel event space in Conway.

The dates, times and locations of the preliminary rounds plus the finals are as follows:

Round 1:
Saturday, January 18
3:00 pm sign-up, 3:30 music.
Shine Café
707 Main Street, Conway, South Carolina 29526

Round 2:
Saturday, February 15
3:00 pm sign-up, 3:30 music.
Good Day Café
819 Main Street, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577

Round 3:
Sunday, March 1
3:00-3:15 pm sign-up. 3:30 music.
Borgata Bar
813 Surfside Drive, Surfside Beach, South Carolina 29575

Round 4:
Saturday, March 21
3:00-3:15 pm sign-up. 3:30 music.
Shine Café
707 Main Street, Conway, South Carolina 29526

Saturday, April 18
7:15 Doors open, 8:00 Music
104 Laurel
104 Laurel Street, Conway, South Carolina 29526

***If you are a songwriter who wishes to perform, please bring a copy of your lyrics for the judges.

Songwriters and industry professionals will judge each round, with the winning songwriter from each round, plus four wildcard entrants, earning a spot in the finals. It will be $5 for a songwriter to enter a preliminary round. There is no cover for anyone wanting to come and watch some of the best songwriters in the area share their talents, but it is strongly recommended that you purchase some food or drink from our hosting establishment.

The finals will be a single elimination competition with the winner receiving a hand-blown glass trophy from Conway Glass, a recording package from Southern Harmony Recording Studio, a house concert at Studio Kook and a featured slot for the Live Oaks Art & Music Festival in October. Other contestants will receive an array of prizes from local and regional merchants.

Updates here:

For more information contact Brian Roessler at

CREATE! Conway is a non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to build an artistically vibrant community by supporting regional artists and promoting public participation in the arts.

Our programs are supported in part by S.C. Arts Commission, Horry County Government, the City of Conway, memberships, sponsors and donations.


  • Bill Wright
    commented 2018-03-28 14:12:12 -0400
    I’m interested in entering the songwriting contest.
  • Doug Backer
    commented 2018-02-16 06:41:12 -0500
    Are you doing the songwriter contest again in 2018? I just moved to MB and would be happy to get involved. I have produced several small blues festivals in the past.
  • Bob Dawson
    commented 2018-02-10 08:40:58 -0500
    Bob Dawson
  • Soldiers of Fortune
    commented 2016-01-21 16:24:04 -0500
    We know it’s tonight…but sign us up please…See ya’ll there!
  • Glenn Houndog Hanson
    commented 2015-12-27 12:48:49 -0500
    Please sign me up for the songwriting contest

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