Competitions


Songwriting awards, competitions, contests and prizes

This is where you’ll find all manner of competitions run by Songwriting and other songwriting-related sources. Check back here regularly for opportunities to submit your original compositions, lyrics and songs, with the chance of winning prizes, receiving feedback or simply get your music heard.

Ingrid Andress

26/09/2016

Unsigned Only 2016 winners declared

This year’s UO music competition sees Colorado songwriter Ingrid Andress crowned as grand prize winner, and the 2017 contest opens…
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Skepta

15/09/2016

Skepta takes home the 25th Mercury Music Prize

The grime artist is declared the winner of this year’s award with his fourth album ‘Konnichiwa’, over odds-on favourite Bowie…
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50th CMA Awards

31/08/2016

2016 CMA Awards nominees revealed

Eric Church, Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton top the final list of nominees for the 50th Country Music Association Awards…
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Vance Joy – ISC 2014 winner

20/08/2016

ISC announces 2016 judging panel

This year’s International Songwriting Competition judges include recording artists Chris Cornell, Tom Waits, American Authors, Lorde, Ziggy Marley and Donovan…
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Bands @ NAMM 2017

06/08/2016

Want to perform at NAMM 2017?

Bands @ NAMM program gives artists the chance to play one of 150 live performances on one of five stages…
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Mercury Prize 2016 albums artwork

04/08/2016

Mercury Prize shortlist revealed

Nominations for 2016’s album of the year have been announced and include David Bowie, Radiohead, Michael Kiwanuka and The 1975…
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Dallas Songwriters Association

31/07/2016

Dallas Songwriters Association Song Contest opens

The DSA’s annual songwriting competition for amateur songwriters is now open for entry, with a prize fund worth over $5,000…
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David Stark and Ruby Sky

28/07/2016

Prizes awarded at LIPA graduation day

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts’ annual ceremony saw winning songwriters acknowledged by Songlink and top production graduate declared by MPG…
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Fuelling The Fire tour poster

11/07/2016

Win a support slot on ska-punk UK tour

Local bands to compete to join ska-punk pioneers Less Than Jake, reggae group The Skints and LA’s Mariachi El Bronx…
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American Songwriting Awards

04/07/2016

American Songwriting Awards winners announced

BP Publishing declares 2016’s winning entries across all categories, with the grand prize awarded for a song about war veterans…
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Distant Cousins

20/05/2016

USA Songwriting Competition nears closing date

Songwriters vie for a chance to win a top prize of $50,000 worth of cash and merchandise such as gear…
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Burton Agnes Carousel 2

19/05/2016

Win tickets to Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival

The sounds of southern cotton fields and Chicago speakeasies come to East Yorkshire – and you can experience them for…
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UK Songwriting Contest

17/04/2016

The 2016 UK Songwriting Contest is open

The annual competition is now open for entries, with new prizes including music gear, guaranteed gifts and coaching from songwriters…
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USA Songwriting Competition

18/03/2016

USA Songwriting Competition opens for entry

The 21st annual contest opens to songwriters globally, with a prize fund including radio airplay, $50,000 in cash and merchandise…
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Brits 2016

25/02/2016

BRIT Awards 2016 takes place

David Bowie honoured, with Coldplay, Björk and James Bay among the winners, but Adele dominates by taking home four awards…
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Isle Of Wight Festival crowd

23/02/2016

Isle of Wight Festival launches ‘Live And Unsigned’ contest

The competition will see British unsigned acts vie to perform on the festival’s main stage alongside Queen, Stereophonics and Faithless…
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Max Martin Polar Music Prize 2016

11/02/2016

Max Martin to receive Polar Music Prize

The Swedish hit songwriter and the mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli will be awarded the 2016 prize, founded by ABBA’s Stig Anderson…
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Find Your Voice

22/01/2016

A cappella songwriting contest returns

In its second year, The Vocal Company’s ‘Find Your Voice’ competition prepares to open for song submissions from acts worldwide…
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Jack Garratt

09/01/2016

Jack Garratt wins BBC’s Sound Of 2016

The Little Chalfont artist-producer has been named the winner of the BBC Music Sound Of 2016 ones to watch list…
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UK Americana Awards 2016

15/12/2015

UK Americana Awards nominations revealed

The nominations shortlist is announced ahead of the first UK Americana Awards taking place in Hackney, London on 3 February…
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3 thoughts on “Competitions

  1. Songwriting is a journey to a special place that’s adventurous and exciting,
    therefore if you can communicate your vision to your fans, the connection can
    be fascinatingly surreal and altogether fulfilling, to know your mission has
    been accomplished.

  2. MuckrakerW says:

    These Indie songwriting contests might not be rigged but they certainly are biased as all songwriter’s contests are everywhere on the globe. It is a business based on an image, a new style or some dynamic niche to sell songs and never the song itself as a standalone. (Member of BMI)

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