Other nominees are Mark "Brink" Brinkman, Becky Buller, Shawn Lane, and Bill Castle. Between these five writers, they have had an impressive list of songs recorded. The award is voted on by committee that examines the accomplishments of each songwriter during the given time period for the award. Things considered are songs recorded, chart positions, radio airplay, sales, songwriter workshops given and other things done during the year to further the craft of songwriting. As Donna said, "It truly is an honor and thrill just to be nominated!"