Singer-Songwriters We are Ready!



Our Story

In the Fall of 2012, the First Annual Laramie Singer-Songwriter Competition was held at the Buckhorn Bar in Laramie, Wyoming.  Since that first night, Laramie saw over 50 separate contestants across 18 nights of great music including 13 qualifying and 5 final rounds.  The competition became an important cultural event for the Laramie community, bringing together musicians, poets, academics, lumberjacks, you name it -- a melting pot of great art. 

In it’s first year statewide in 2018, the First Annual Wyoming Singer-Songwriter Competition drew 75 contestants from the far reaches of the state, representing incredible talent and diversity. If you havn’’t yet been to any of these events, be prepared for something spectacular when you finally catch up with us and the incredible talent right here in Wyoming.



Qualifying Rounds:

Cheyenne July 16 - 6:00pm @ The Asher

Casper July 18 - 6:00pm @ Frontier Brewing

Gillette July 19 - 6:00pm @ Big Lost Meadery

Lander July 20 - 7:00pm @ The Lander Bar

Rock Springs July 21 - 3:00pm @ The Broadway Theater

Laramie August 3 - 6:00pm @ The Alibi

Jackson August 8 - 7:00pm @ Old Wilson Schoolhouse

Sheridan August 18 - 2:00pm @ Luminous Brewhouse

Casper August 30 - 6:00pm @ Frontier Brewing

TBD -  Bighorn Basin

Final Rounds

September 20-22, Casper TBD



"No matter how you finish, everybody wins by sharing their art in a unique and supportive environment."  

Kelli Trujillo | Board of Directors



Hidden throughout the small towns of Wyoming are many talented troubadours and song-smiths of all ages, styles, and experience levels.  Some play for their chickens, some play at local open-mic nights, while some tour the country with a full ensemble.  Each one has a story to tell, and each one contributes to the evolving culture of the great State of Wyoming.  The purpose of creating a singer-songwriter competition in Wyoming is three fold: 

1)   To bring together talented artists spread far across the State

2)  To give aspiring singer-songwriters a chance to perform their works in great venues with a listening audience.   

3)  To promote and recognize excellence in songwriting, an under-celebrated skill with the power to bring people and cultures together- ultimately creating a culture unique to Wyoming.      


Basic Info

  • Each contestant will perform 3 songs they have written for fellow contestants and audience members following along with printed lyrics sheets.

  • During regional qualifying rounds, the judging will be done by a panel who recognize both the top songs as well as the top singer-songwriters.

  • In each qualifying round, up to 4 contestants can advance to the final competition held in Casper on the weekend of Sept 20-22.

  • A number of prizes will be awarded to the top finishers of the final round.

  • For more information, see our list of Frequently Asked Questions




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