3 Great Songwriting Competitions You Should Enter This Summer

By | August 14, 2015


With all of the songwriting contests out there, how do you know which ones are legitimate and worth your time to enter? Luckily, we’ve done the research for you! Here are three of our favorite contests that are currently accepting submissions. Good luck!

1. The International Songwriting Competition

Best for: all songwriters, both aspiring and established

Details: According to its website, “ISC has the most prestigious panel of judges of all the songwriting and music contests in the world, offering exposure and the opportunity to have your songs heard by the most influential decision-makers in the music industry.” Some of those judges include Lorde, Bill Withers, Ke$ha, and so many more.

Deadline: November 5, 2015

Price: $30/song (until September 10, 2015)

Prize: The grand prize winner will receive $25,000 cash and more TBA.

How to enter: mail, online, or Sonicbids

2. Great American Song Contest

Best for: amateur or semi-pro songwriters

Details: While some of the big-name songwriting contests rake in 20,000 to 30,000 entries, the Great American Song Contest limits annual entries to 5,000. “This not only increases the odds of winning for entrants, it also ensures that the judges have adequate time to review each song carefully,” they explain on their website.

Deadline: November 20, 2015

Price: $30/song

Prize: The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 in cash and a slew of gift certificates, memberships, and more.

How to enter: online, email, mail, or Sonicbids

3. John Lennon Songwriting Contest

Best for: songwriters looking to be judged solely on the song, and not its production or performance

Details: The John Lennon Songwriting Contest is an international competition open to both professional and amateur songwriters. The contest includes 12 different genres, and all entry fees go towards supporting the nonprofit John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.

Deadline: December 15, 2015

Price: $30/song

Prize: $20,000 and $1,000 prize pack. In addition, one band will get to play Warped Tour for a week!

How to enter: mail, online, or Sonicbids

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