2020-2021 Tag Writing Contest

It’s official! The next Region 13 Arrangers WorkShop at HCNW Tag Writing Contest has begun! North by Northwest Region 13 and Harmony College Northwest are thrilled with the success of the first two tag writing contests and are again co-sponsoring the 2020-2021 contest.

  • Complete information and entry requirements for the 2020-2021 Tag Writing Contest are below.
  • Entry deadline is January 31st, 2021.
  • All winners notified no later than May 1st, 2021.
  • Just getting started? Here is Janice Wheeler's 6-part video series on How To Write Your First Tag: Part 1  /  Part 2  /  Part 3  /  Part 4  /  Part 5  /  Part 6

Below are the rules and regulations, the official entry form, and some tips. If you have any questions, please contact Janice Wheeler / [email protected].


2019-2020 Tag Writing Contest Winners

Winners of the 2019-2020 Tag Writing Contest were announced at the Region 13 Convention in April of 2019. You can see a complete list of them--along with links to the winning entries--here!


2018-2019 Tag Writing Contest Winners

Our FIRST EVER Tag Writing Contest has wrapped up. The purpose of the Contest was to encourage barbershoppers in Region 13 or Evergreen District, plus HCNW attendees, to get involved with composing and arranging tags for men’s, women’s, and mixed voices, and to freely sharing their tags with fellow barbershoppers. The Contest was first announced in June 2018; entry deadline was January 31st, 2019. Cash prizes for the winning tags were provided by Region 13, and a grant from the Bud Leabo Memorial Fund provided for five Registration Fee Scholarships to the 2019-2020 Arrangers WorkShop. A total of 20 tags were entered into 4 categories by 10 tag writers. The contest was judged by Kevin Keller, a tag-writing contest veteran who has judged tag writing contests in both the Central States District and the Illinois District of the Barbershop Harmony Society for several years.  

The winners of the 2018-2019 Tag Writing Contest are:

  • Category I: for Women’s Voices by a published composer/arranger: Carol Lord for What I Hate About Love
  • Category II: for Women’s Voices by an unpublished composer/arranger: Cris Conerty for Sweetie Jim
  • Category IV: for Men’s Voices by an unpublished composer/arranger: Darwin Scheel for I’m Alone and Blue
  • Category VI: for Mixed Voices by an unpublished composer/arranger: Suzy Buerer for America
  • Honorable Mention: Janice Wheeler for Happy Birthday!

Each non-Grand Prize Winning Category Winner received an Award Certificate and a check for $50.00. The best overall tag was declared our Grand Prize Winner and went to Darwin Scheel for his Tag I’m Alone and Blue. He received an award certificate, a check for $200.00 and a registration fee scholarship to the 2019 Region 13 Arrangers WorkShop at Harmony College Northwest. All of the non-Grand Prize Winning Entrants were included in the Drawing for four (4) additional Registration Fee Scholarships to the 2019 Region 13 Arrangers WorkShop provided by the grant received from the Bud Leabo Memorial Fund; the winning names were: James Warner, Cris Conerty, Carol Fogle, and Laura Hiserote.

You can download the winning tags by clicking here for a PDF!

NxNW Region 13 Mission Statements

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

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•  Creating pathways for achieving regional goals

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