MerleFest, presented by Window World, will begin accepting entries for the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest (CASC) beginning Oct. 1. Winners in four categories—bluegrass, general, gospel, and country—will be selected at MerleFest, April 26-29, 2018.  MerleFest is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans that takes place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina Aspiring songwriters may submit entries to the contest using the online entry form ( or by mailing entries to MerleFest/CASC, PO Box 120, Wilkesboro, NC 28697. The deadline to enter is February 1, 2018.