March is the last month to enter the 2005 Michigan Songwriting Contest. All entries must be postmarked on or before March 31.

The contest is open to current and former Michigan residents only, and features 13 winners, a $1,000 cash prize, and performance and publicity opportunities. No age limits, no music categories, we're looking for Michigan's best songs: rock, folk, country, jazz, instrumental, Christian, alt-anything, hip hop. Each song judged is on its own merits.

Formerly the Metro Detroit Songwriting Contest (and formerly limited to Southeast Michigan residents), this year's contest is co-sponsored by Elderly Instruments and Lamb's Retreat for Songwriters.

For info on the 2004 winners and the 2005 contest, go to www.MichSongs.com.