Muse on the Waccamaw Songwriting Contest


The finals of the Muse on the Waccamaw Songwriting Contest have been postponed. We will keep you informed as we work through the process of securing a new date. Thank you for your patience.

Create! Conway would like to congratulate Colton Brant, Lara Maraqa, and Lana Guy - the winners of the first three preliminary rounds of the Muse on the Waccamaw Songwriting Contest.

We are pleased to continue the 2020 Contest into the final preliminary rounds. Sponsored by Southern Harmony Recording Studio, Conway Glass, Studio Kook, Shine Café, Good Day Café, Borgata Surfside 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 started in January and will run 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: Winner - Colton Brant
Saturday, January 18
3:00 pm sign-up, 3:30 music.
Shine Café
707 Main Street, Conway, South Carolina 29526

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

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

The finals of the Muse on the Waccamaw Songwriting Contest have been postponed. We will keep you informed as we work through the process of securing a new date. Thank you for your patience.

***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.

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For more information contact Brian Roessler at [email protected]

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, and donations. For more information about our programs visit


  • Jackie Miles
    commented 2023-01-10 11:58:45 -0500
    The events above have 2020 on the announcement. Is this current and happening this year 2023?
  • shane harmon
    commented 2020-03-13 18:10:39 -0400
    I would love to audition
  • Bill Wright
    commented 2018-03-28 14:12:12 -0400
    I’m interested in entering the songwriting contest.
  • Douglas 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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