The 2020 Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest is now accepting entries through March 1st. The contest is free and open to unsigned and emerging Oklahoma songwriters with a prize of $500 and the chance to join the lineup of Bob Childers' Gypsy Café, Oklahoma’s largest songwriter festival, on April 29, 2020.

Contest rules, judging criteria and the entry form can be found here.

Three contest finalists will be selected by a panel of judges consisting of representatives from the Red Dirt Relief Fund, Jimmy LaFave Trust and other respected members of the music industry. Finalists will travel to Stillwater on April 28th to perform an acoustic version of their song for the judges before a live audience at Salty Bronc Saloon. The first place winner will claim a spot in the lineup at Bob Childers Gypsy Cafe, a $500 cash prize, a $500 donation in his/her name to the Red Dirt Relief Fund and ACM@UCO will produce, mix and master a single of the winning song. A People's Choice winner will also be voted on by those in attendance at the finals contest and awarded $100 cash prize.

The Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest highlights the spirit of mentorship and musical discovery that have become hallmarks of the Gypsy Café festival. Previous winners include Ken Pomeroy (2018) and Dallas Parker aka Faux Draco (2019).