THE 2014 male winner of the Young Songwriters Competition, Ben Wilson, has encouraged budding songwriters to "give it a go and enter" this year's competition.
The folk singer/songwriter from Lismore said regardless of whether you win or not, the experience helped build exposure.
"Do your recording, do your lyrics sheet because even if you don't win it's really good exposure," Mr Wilson said.
"If you get to go play at the finals night it could lead to meeting other people and networking.
"Even if you are runner up there are good prizes. I was a runner up (in 2013) and I got a new microphone ... I still use it now."
His prize for winning in 2014 was two days in a recording studio at SAE Institute in Byron Bay .
"I recorded my first solo EP there ... it gave my solo career a kick start," he said.
"I couldn't have afforded to do it without the prize for the songwriters competition."
He said entering could boost a songwriter's confidence.
"If you're unsure of yourself, which most songwriters and music-makers are, just put yourself out there," Mr Wilson said.
"The more you perform the less nervous you get and the more comfortable and confident you are as a performer."
Mr Wilson is currently working on an album to be released later this year.
To enter the Lismore Young Songwriters Competition submit a song you wrote or co-wrote, along with lyrics, an artist photo and biography, to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 20.
It must fall under the category of pop, folk, urban/electronic, punk/metal or rock/indie.
Entrants must be aged between 12 and 25 and living on the Northern Rivers.
For more information visit the Facebook page.
You can listen to more of Mr Wilson's music on his website.
His next gig is at Eat the Street on March 12.