First Amendment Writes finalists’ performance Monday, Nov. 8

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Mark your calendar: The 5th Annual First Amendment Writes finalists’ performance will be November 8, at the Jefferson Theater. Doors open at 6:30, performances begin at 7pm. All ages welcome, and the $5 entry fee goes towards prizes.

Celebrity judges this year are: Ginger Barber (Editor Grove/Atlantic Publisher), Gregory Orr (Poet & Writer), Gary Johnson (2009 Poetry Winner), Patrick Jordan (Red Light Management), Andy Waldeck (Singer, Songwriter, Producer), and Carleigh Nesbit (2009 Songwriting Winner). This year, in addition to the first place judges’ winner for each category, there will be an audience favorite winner per category as well.

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2010 First Amendment Writes contest underway

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How a year flies by! It’s time once again for the First Amendment Writes Poetry and Songwriting Contest sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression and the Music Resource Center. Entries will be accepted through October 25. Winners will be announced November 8. See http://www.tjcenter.org/writes/ for more details.

Finalists Announced in First Amendment Writes Poetry and Songwriting Contest

Check out the finalists in the First Amendment Writes contest — I see some familiar names there.

The first round of judging has been completed in the third annual First Amendment Writes—a poetry and songwriting competition celebrating the creative heights that can only be achieved when artists are free to explore any theme, subject or idea. Almost 100 entries were received in this year’s contest from which 20 were selected to perform their works before a panel of judges and a live audience on October 21 at the Gravity Lounge in Charlottesville

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More on TJ Center poetry and songwriting competition

A poetry and songwriting competition celebrating the creative heights that can only be achieved when artists are free to express themselves on any theme, subject or idea.

Submissions due: Friday, October 10, 2008 Winners Announced: Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Contest Rules:

Contestants may express any theme in their entries. Each song or poem submitted must be the contestants original work.

Contest is open to poets and songwriters 16 years of age and older. Applicants under the age of 18 must have parental permission prior to entering.

Previous winners of First Amendment Writes are ineligible to participate.

Contestants may enter either the poetry or songwriting contest, but NOT both, and may submit only one poem or one song only.

All contestants must fill out an entry form and pay the $10.00 entry fee by cash or check (made payable to the Thomas Jefferson Center).

*Poetry contestants must include a poetry sheet, with their entry form. No name on the poetry sheet, just the poem and title.

*Songwriting contestants must include a written lyrics sheet and a recording of the song by CD, or tape.

Entries should be postmarked no later than October 10, 2008, and mailed to: Thomas Jefferson Center, 400 Worrell Dr., Charlottesville,VA 22911.

Judging for the contest will take place in two stages. Those making it to the second round will be required to read or perform their work at the Gravity Lounge in Charlottesville on the evening of Tuesday, October 21, 2008. The winning submission in both the poetry and songwriting contests will be chosen that evening by poet Rita Dove, music industry executive Bruce Flohr and other judges to be named later.

This contest is co-sponsored by the Music Resource Center, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, and WCNR 106.1 FM The Corner. Employees of these organizations are not eligible for the competition.

By entering the contest, contestants give permission to the sponsoring organizations to read, play, display, or otherwise publicize the content of their contest submissions.

For more information, visit http://www.tjcenter.org/writes or call the Thomas Jefferson Center at 434.295-4784.

First Amendment Writes competition now accepting entries

First Amendment Writes is an annual poetry and songwriting contest designed to celebrate the creative heights that can only be achieved when artists are free to express themselves on any theme, subject or idea. Ten finalists in both poetry and songwriting are selected to perform their works at a live event before a panel of outstanding judges. Past judges have included Dave Matthews Band member Boyd Tinsley, internationally recognized poet Rita Dove, and music industry executive Bruce Flohr. A $500 prize is then awarded to one person in each category.

Entries for the 2008 competition are now being accepted.

Download rules and application form.

The Thomas Jefferson Center For the Protection of Free Expression » First Amendment Writes.

First Amendment Writes

Writes/Rights…a little pun there…

First Amendment Writes: a poetry and songwriting competition celebrating the creative heights that can only be achieved when artists are free to express themselves on any theme, subject or idea.  Finalists in both poetry and songwriting will perform their works at the Satellite Ballroom.

Finalists Performance: Monday, November 5, 2007

Submissions due:       Thursday, October 25, 2007

Winning Prize:         $500.00

Finalist Judges:

Poet Lisa Russ Spaar  

Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley

Record executive Bruce Flohr

Contest rules and entry form available at www.tjcenter.org/writes This event is co-sponsored by the Music Resource Center, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, and the Satellite Ballroom.