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The contest is designed to find and help develop exceptional songwriters and artists. Aspiring songwriters in any genre are encouraged to send their best songs to be judged by a panel of experts. A Grand Prize winner, 10 runners-up and four finalists will be chosen from among thousands of entries. This year's prizes include professional mentoring sessions withGrammy and Dove Award nominee Regie Hamm and Big Kenny Alphin of Big & Rich. Other prizes include recording sessions and single-song publishing contracts from major music publishers. The Grand Prize winner will be offered the opportunity to showcase at the 2009 International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis. For complete rules and regulations, go to nsai.cmt.com .