Enter the RGJ's annual Best Local Song contest


Entries are being accepted through Nov. 30 for the ninth annual Reno Gazette Journal roundup of the best original songs of the year from local artists. Results will be published in late December.

Last year’s first-place finisher out of 115 entries was the retro-flavored “Drunk Off your Love” by Reno-based funk and soul quartet The Sextones. The Sextones toured the past summer in Europe.

2017 WINNERS: The year’s best songs from Northern Nevada artists

Artists — whether bands or solo artists — must be based in the Reno-Carson City-Lake Tahoe area, including the Sierra Crest.

To qualify for consideration, the song(s) must:

• be submitted by the artist who created the original song;

• be available online and/or on professional printed CDs or download cards;

• have been released in calendar year 2018;

• have been recorded, mixed and mastered to professional (“broadcast”) quality;

• be copyrighted by the artist (no unlicensed samples). (In general, original works are automatically copyrighted to their creator — even if not registered — unless produced as a work for hire, or the creator sells the rights.)

• There is no entry fee. Submit song weblinks (such as for Soundcloud, Spotify, Band Camp or YouTube) to mikewriter38@charter.net — or mail a CD or flash drive to Peggy Santoro, c/o RGJ, P.O. Box 22000, Reno, NV 89520-2000, or drop off a CD or flash drive to the Gazette-Journal, 955 Kuenzli St., during business hours.

NOTE: Emailed song files such as mp4s will not be opened or considered.

Submissions must include the artist’s name, email address and phone number, website and a short bio. Songs will be judged on composition and production, inventiveness and catchiness. The judges panel will include both local and national experts. KTHX-FM 100.1 will air the top 20 finishers in January.

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