The rules are simple. We're looking for original music written and performed by Augusta-area residents. Submissions are due by 5 p.m. Aug. 1, and last year's winner (I'm talking to you, Dew Hickies) is ineligible to enter. Submissions will be accepted in either mp3 or CD formats; any genre will be accepted.
Six finalists will be chosen, three by popular vote and three critics' picks. Finalists will perform a 15-minute set in front of a panel of judges Friday, Sept. 19, at the Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival. The winner will receive $400 and the traditional big box of CDs. Second place receives $200 and third, $100.
Finalists will also have their entries filmed live before the finals and posted online.
Entries can be sent to: Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle , 725 Broad St., Augusta, GA 30901 or e-mailed to steven.uhles@augusta chronicle.com.
Reach Steven Uhles at (706) 823-3626 or firstname.lastname@example.org.