American Songwriter Amateur Lyric Contest

This contest is brought to you by American Songwriter magazine, which has been established since 1984.  The magazine sponsors six contests each year that run along with each issue that is published.  Winners of this contest can expect some honorable mentions, along with being published in the American Songwriter magazine.  Prizes also include a guitar, guitar accessories, and more.  There is an annual winner that receives a trip to Nashville and a master production demo from Music City Music Productions.

Official website of the American Songwriter Amateur Lyric Contest

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American Idol Songwriter Contest

Each year American Idol holds a songwriting contest.  The winning song is performed live on the show and is released as a single by the season’s American Idol winner.

Official American Idol Songwriter Website

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Billboard World Songwriting Contest

Be heard by the music industry professionals.  The Billboard contest offers an outstanding opportunity to be heard by the best.  Winners of this contest get their song on the Annual Billboard Songwriters Contest CD which is distributed to exclusive contacts in the music industry.

Official website of the Billboard World Songwriting Contest

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Cooch Music Amateur Songwriting Contest

Cooch Music provides an outlet for Amateur Songwriters to get their songs heard and win prizes and an offering on publishing contracts that will not only help them advance their music career, but provide them fantastic exposure in the music industry.

Keep in mind that this contest is open to amateurs only so that amateurs have a fair chance of winning this contest.  Songs are judged based on composition, originality, melody, and lyrics (when applicable).  Those who write instrumental compositions are encouraged to enter.  Production value will not be considered during judging.

Official website of the Cooch Music Amateur Songwriting Contest

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The Great American Song Contest

This contest is designed to benefit international songwriters, composers, and lyricists.  Experience music promotion at it’s best.  Offering 45 awards in nine different categories, this competition gives you the opportunity to shine.  For contest rules and award information, visit the official contest website listed below.

Official website of The Great American Song Contest

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International Songwriting Competition (ISC)

Both amateur and professional songwriters have an opportunity to participate in the ISC songwriting competition.  Maximum exposure is offered in this contest.  The overall grand prize winner can win $25,000 in cash as well as $20,000 in prizes.  The first place winner even has the chance to receive a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music’s 5 week Summer Performance program in Boston.  Production value is not considered, so get on over to ISC and learn more about this contest.

Official website of the International Songwriting Competition

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The John Lennon Songwriting Contest

Probably one of the most known and talked about songwriting contests, the John Lennon competition will help get your music career established.  Open to amateur and professional songwriters who can submit in any one of 12 categories.  This contest is open year round with two sessions.  Offering 72 finalists, 24 Grand Prize winners and 12 Lennon Award Winners.  On top of that there is 1 Maxell Song of the Year.  Winners will receive all sorts of fine prizes.  I encourage anyone to learn more about this contest.

Official website of The John Lennon Songwriting Contest

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SongDoor International Songwriting Contest

Another great opportunity for musicians, songwriters, and composers.  Get your foot in the right door by entering the SongDoor International Songwriting contest.  There are some fantastic prizes awarded, and the opportunities are endless.  I nice variety of submission categories are offered.

Official website of the SongDoor International Songwriting Contest

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The USA Songwriting Competition

Don’t let the name fool you, this is an International contest which honors musicians, composers, and recording artists everywhere.  Great variety of categories.  Another great contest with some fantastic prizes.  And once again, an opportunity to enter the music industry with maximum exposure.  Promote your music, enter the contest, and win! Visit the site to learn more.

Official website of the USA Songwriting Competition

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One Response to “Songwriting Contests”


  1. […] 13th, 2007 I’ve dedicated a page to some of the more popular songwriting contests that are out there.   You can find links to the official sites that explain the rules and prizes […]


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