Tag Writing Contest!

Got a new tag in you? Then we encourage you to enter our FIRST EVER Tag Writing Contest! We want to get more people involved with composing and arranging tags for men, women and/or mixed voices, and share their tags with fellow barbershoppers! Click here for rules and regulations (updated 8/18).
 
CATEGORIES
Male and female barbershoppers are eligible to enter in the contest categories below. Click here for suggested vocal ranges and staff notation guidelines.

       I.  Tag for Female Voices: written by Barbershoppers who have published tags and/or arrangements
      II.  Tag for Female Voices: written by Barbershoppers who have NOT published tags or arrangements
     III.  Tag for Male Voices: written by Barbershoppers who have published tags and/or arrangements
     IV.  Tag for Male Voices: written by Barbershoppers who have NOT published tags or arrangements
      V.  Tag for Mixed Voices: written by Barbershoppers who have published tags and/or arrangements
     VI.  Tag for Mixed Voices: written by Barbershoppers who have NOT published tags or arrangements
 
WINNERS
One (1) winner per category with one category winner chosen to be the Grand Prize Winner.

PRIZES
Cash prizes are funded by North by Northwest Region 13.

  • Grand Prize: $200
  • Other five category winners: $50
  • Scholarship assistance for HCNW Arrangers Workshop: TBD

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  1. Each contestant may submit up to 3 (three) entries. An entry form is available here.
  2. Entries may be submitted by email or by US Postal Service mail.
  3. All submissions must be solely the work of the entrant and based on public domain or original material.
  4. Length of tag must be 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 or 14 measures.
  5. Entries must be written for 4-part barbershop voicing and may be submitted either in barbershop-style music manuscript format or audio recording.
  6. Entries must be email dated or USPS postmarked no later than midnight PST January 31, 2019.

ENTRY FEE
​$5.00 (USD) per tag entered; checks payable to North by Northwest Region 13. Please mail them to Janice Wheeler; PO Box 351; Prineville, OR 97754. (See entry form.)
 
JUDGING CRITERIA
Entries will be judged by the criteria below; complete rules and regulations are available here (updated 8/18).

  1. Singability: Is the tag singable by most barbershop singers (range, tessitura, vocal lines, chord vocabulary)?
  2. Creativity: Is it more than just the same old chord progressions, lyrics and melodies?
  3. WOW Factor: Does it make the singer go, “Wow!”?

CONDITIONS

  1. Contestants retain ownership of their tag entries, and agree to publish with the required Creative Commons license when they are declared winners.
  2. Winners are encouraged to attend the 2019 HCNW General Session to be recognized.
  3. Winners agree that their winning tags may be compiled and published at the official websites and/or official prlnt and digital arms of Harmony College Northwest, North by Northwest Region 13, and Evergreen District (and if requested, by Sweet Adelines lnternational and Barbershop Harmony Soclety) to be freely available to all barbershoppers and barbershop organizations at no charge.

TAG WRITING TIPS 

Need some inspiration? Hints? Tips? Here are some PDFs to get you started.

AND LASTLY... 

If you have any questions, please contact Janice Wheeler at [email protected]. Want to share the contest information with someone? Just click here.

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North by Northwest Region 13 is a cutting-edge group of diverse women singing, performing, and championing a cappella music.

The Region 13 Regional Executive Committee's mission is:

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  • Developing Leaders
  • Creating pathways for achieving regional goals

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