The 2008 Great Lakes Songwriting Contest is open, and this year, you can enter without filling up the landfill. Yes, thanks to a new partnership with Sonic Bids, you can enter the contest paperlessly -- for no extra charge! (Or, you can still mail in your songs, if you prefer.) And in honor of our fifth year of organizing songwriting contests, we’ve raised the Grand Prize and lowered the entry fee. No age limits, no song categories, and winners keep ALL rights to their songs. Entrants must be current residents of one of the eight states bordering the Great Lakes, or the Province of Ontario, Canada. Deadline is April 26. Go to for everything you need.