Richard Harrington

Can you write lines like: "No one to talk with, all by myself/No one to walk with, but I'm happy on the shelf/Ain't misbehavin', I'm savin' my love for you."

Can you write better ones? If you think the answer is yes, you'll be interested in the First Annual Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest, cosponsored by the Songwriters Association of Washington (SAW) and WMAL-AM63. According to SAW's executive director, Anita Winters, a panel of judges drawn from Washington area professionals (including Paul Hill, John Corcoran and Tim Eyermann) will listen to all submissions -- there are no categories -- before choosing 10 winners. Prizes will include an album containing the winning songs, studio recording time at No Evil, gift certificates from area music stores and a live broadcast over WMAL.

To get an entry form, write to P.O. Box 8083, Washington, D.C. 20024. SAW will be accepting cassettes only, with one song per cassette and three lyric sheets for the judges. There is a fee, $10 for the first song, $5 for each additional song. Unlike the American Song Festival, there will be feedback on individual songs. Deadline for entries is March 31.