Youth have the chance to win cash prizes during the Optimist Club of Chilliwack’s Teen Songwriting Contest. (needpix.com)

Youth have the chance to win cash prizes during the Optimist Club of Chilliwack’s Teen Songwriting Contest. (needpix.com)

Chilliwack teens with original music wanted for Optimist’s songwriting contest

Youth have chance to win cash prizes during Optimist Club of Chilliwack’s Teen Songwriting Contest

A Chilliwack organization is looking for 10 talented teens to take part in a songwriting contest.

Youth have the chance to win cash prizes during the Optimist Club of Chilliwack’s Teen Songwriting Contest. The contest will be held on April 21 and is open to teens in Grades 7 to 12. Songs performed must be original.

“The song’s message should be positive. We are, after all, the Optimist Club of Chilliwack,” said Fred Webber, club president. “Last year we went virtual because of COVID but it’s a lot of fun and we look forward to having the students perform live this year.”

First-, second- and third-place winners will receive $250, $150, and $100 respectively and there will be seven runner-up prizes of $50 each. There will be three independent judges, all with musical backgrounds, choosing the winners.

The first 10 students to send an email to optimistclubofchwk@gmail.com with “songwriting contest” in the subject line will be automatically entered into the contest. They will be emailed if they are one of the lucky 10 winning entrants, and a copy of the full rules and regulations will be sent to them.

The event will be held at the Chilliwack Mt. Cheam Lions Hall (45580 Spadina Ave.) on April 21 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Guests are welcome to attend and current COVID protocols will be in effect. Admission is free but donations are always appreciated and go to help kids in need in our community.

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