I have had the pleasure and honor of doing this judging for many years, and I always enjoy it.
I’m fascinated by the entries, and I try to always give notes to help the songwriters.
My judging is based on originality, interesting use of language, strong plot ideas, communication level of ideas, not being repetitive, being lyrics not poems, and my own lifetime of intuition as to what the French call the “je ne sais quoi” — meaning, that ephemeral quality that makes a good song a good song.
I congratulate the 4 winners of this year’s contest!
How exciting for them. And to all the songwriters who entered, I congratulate you for putting yourself out there, and participating.