Request a Seat in a 2018 Songwriter’s Round

2018 Round Request Process is Officially Closed.

You can Request a 2019 Round  beginning Nov. 1, 2018 thru Apr. 30, 2019.

Any questions please contact us at or 865-604-9066.

Any songwriter can request a seat in the 2018 Songwriter Rounds at the 7th Annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival Aug 13-22nd.

Performance Rounds are Fri. Aug 18th and Sat. Aug 19th.

Only Your Own Original Music can be performed in a SMSWF Round.   If you perform a cover you will be asked to stop by the sound man.

Tip Jars & Merchandise Welcomed, Promoted and Encouraged!


A non-refundable $25 administrative processing fee is required to submit your request.

There will be a few gospel rounds on Sun. Aug. 20th. Please indicate in your email if you would like to be in one of those. No promises. We are currently talking with some Sunday Morning Breakfast venues to put some gospel rounds in.

If there are particular people you want to be in a round with or special requests please let us know.  No promises, but we will see what the Scheduler can do to accommodate you. If you do tell us who you prefer to sing with please communicate that with them as well so everyone is on the same page.

Singer/Songwriters participating in a 2018 SMSWF Songwriters’ Round receive a presence on the SMSWF web-site with bio and promo pic and a link to their on-line presence from the time SMSWF receives the bio and pic until the day the 2019 Round performers are announced.  Your name and picture will also be featured in the 2018 festival program.

Do not wait! The ‘early birds get the worms’.  We will take all those getting a solid 10 rating across the board on a first come first serve basis then work our way down.  Should you be so lucky for all our raters to judge you a 10.   The SMSWF wants to project the best quality performances possible and at the same time we want to give as many songwriters as we can a round seat.

*Please note a request for a seat doesn’t mean you automatically get a seat.  We have a committee of public listeners who decide whether or not the submissions will be granted a spot in a round.   The SMSWF reserves the right to control who, how, when and what is showcased its stages.

Any questions please contact us at or 865-604-9066.

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