So it's basically "open mike with a carrot".
I agree! The songwriting aspect must be encouraged.
I have no problem with any of it, providing the spirit allows for, and even encourages, stuff that falls strangely on the ear, and is not taken too seriously.
How about a prize for shortest song, dumbest song (no, wait we got enough), most politically offensive (don't be scared - it's just a song), newsy song (subject must be from that morning's paper).