Got a song in you that's just itching to come out?

The Tucson Desert Song Festival would love to  hear it.

In fact, they'd love to share it.

As it prepares for its second festival, to be held Jan. 30 to Feb. 16, the festival is recruiting young songwriters to show off their talents.

The competition will be divided into three categories: kindergarten through fifth grade, sixth through eighth and ninth through 12th.

As many as six finalists in each category will be judged by a panel of music educators looking for creativity and originality when it comes to melody and lyrics. Judging will be based on the creativity and originality of both the melody and lyrics.

The compositions will be performed at a showcase recital Feb. 4 at the UA School of Music Holsclaw Hall. First place winners and runners up in each grade level will receive cash prizes ranging from $50 to $200 for the top high school finisher.

Click here for more information and an application. Applications and submissions are due no later than Dec. 9.