For the third consecutive year, a sold out crowd enjoyed the finals of the Maine Songwriting Contest at Frontier Cafe in Brunswick. Six finalists entertained the audience. showcasing some of the best songwriting talent Maine has to offer. Peter Alexander of Bath, took top honors for his song “Vicksburg,” based on a true story of Peter’s great-great grandfather during the Civil War that led to his founding of Freedman’s University outside Kansas City, Kansas in 1865. For the second year in a row, Andrew Thomas took second place for his song “Throw Your Voice, Amaze Your Friends” which was inspired by the ads in the back of comic books. Ed Desjardins took third place with “Ghost in Me” which had its gestation at a John Gorka show. The other finalists included Sarah Morrow, Jennifer Comeau and Don Wessels, and Brad Hooper. Many thanks to the 39 songwriters who entered this year’s contest and to the three judges who chose our winners: Heather Hardy (last year’s winner), Martin Swinger, and Jerry Perron.