Categories for entry:
- LYRICS ONLY- open section
- TRADITIONAL – Bev Daniel Commemorative Award- open section
- BLUEGRASS – open section
- GOSPEL/SPIRITUAL – open section
- ANZAC – open section
- NOVICE – (only unreleased material from a writer/team of which all the members have never won a songwriting contest and are not released/published writers)
- YOUTH – John P Toomey Commemorative Award for under 18 entrants. U18 as at close of competition date.
- COMEDY /NOVELTY- The Geoff Mack Commemorative Award – open section
CONTEMPORARY COUNTRY SECTIONS:
- COUNTRY ROCK – open section
- COUNTRY BALLAD – open section
- COUNTRY BLUES -open section
- ALT COUNTRY – open section
- APRA AMCOS/ TSA NEW Songwriter of the Year- date restricted for first ever commercial release see conditions below:
- COUNTRY SONG of the YEAR – you cannot enter this section. The winner is selected from any section by a panel appointed by the TSA.