Competitions


Songwriting competitions, contests and ways to showcase your music

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. To view an archive of our earlier competition articles visit our Competitions Archive.

Marissa Guzman

18/08/2015

World Wide Music Contest announces winning entries

WorldWideMusicContest.com (WWMC), a site made for unsigned musicians from across the globe, unveils the winners of its first songwriting competition…
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Shelly Peiken

09/08/2015

UK Songwriting Contest judge to offer advice

Multi-platinum songwriter Shelly Peiken, who is already judging the songwriting competition, will mentor and critique one lucky entrant this year…
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Lorde

24/07/2015

Lorde joins the ISC 2015 song contest judging panel

The Kiwi singer-songwriter will judge this year’s International Songwriting Competition, joining the likes of Tom Waits, Bill Withers and Bastille…
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Larry Hogan, Dublin Studio Hub

01/07/2015

Dublin Studio Hub song contest winner declared

A promising female singer-songwriter based in Surrey is selected as the studio’s winner of the competition co-run with Songwriting Magazine…
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V Festival

13/06/2015

Win a set at V Festival 2015

A forthcoming battle of the bands competition will put one lucky act on the line-up of the major UK festival…
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The Conies

06/05/2015

A songwriting contest to help save kids’ lives

Birmingham-based road safety organisation DriveSafe & StaySafe unveils a new video education series for schools that needs budding young songwriters…
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Vance Joy – ISC 2014 winner

03/05/2015

Joy for the ISC winner

Million-selling ‘Riptide’ earns Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy the Grand Prize in last year’s International Songwriting Competition (ISC), announced this week…
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SongDoor

29/04/2015

SongDoor songwriting contest opens for entry

The SongDoor 2015 International Songwriting Competition is now open for submissions, with awards being given to entrants across six categories…
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Stuart Epps

17/04/2015

2015 UK Songwriting Contest opens for entries

This year’s UKSC competition launches with a grand prize of working with, and being mentored by, British producer Stuart Epps…
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Adam Levine

21/03/2015

New songwriting competition show coming to NBC

Maroon 5 frontman and ‘The Voice’ coach, Adam Levine will co-produce ‘Songland’, a TV show devoted to discovering talented songwriters…
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Daughter

20/02/2015

Shure Songwriting Award judge confirmed

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance launches Shure’s annual songwriting competition, in partnership with BASCA, with indie band Daughter judging…
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04/02/2015

Win a €1,000 recording package with Dublin Studio Hub

Our Dublin Studio Hub songwriting competition offers you the chance to have your music performed, recorded, mixed and mastered professionally…
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InCrest band photo – ReverbNation Songwriting competition winners

21/01/2015

ReverbNation Songwriting contest winner #14: InCrest

Kicking off the 2015 winner’s podium of our hallowed ReverbNation songwriting competition is a three piece grunge band from Copenhagen…
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Future Music Songwriting Competition – Luke Friend

21/12/2014

New contest to find the future of songwriting

Future Music, the company behind the discovery of Birdy, Lucy Spraggan and Jacob Banks, begin their hunt for more songwriters…
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Cammie Robinson

29/10/2014

ReverbNation contest winner #12: Cammie Robinson

The latest winner of our songwriting competition with musicians network ReverbNation is a self-producing, self-taught female singer-songwriter from West Yorkshire…
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Tom Waits

27/09/2014

International Songwriting Competition deadline extended

The ISC 2014, which counts Songwriting Magazine as one of its industry sponsors, has entered its final phase for submission…
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Your Songwriting Contest

16/09/2014

New songwriting contest launches

This is not just a song contest… this is Your Song Contest. Free to enter, too, which is always nice…
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Camden Roundhouse

14/09/2014

Roundhouse 30/30 competition now open

The iconic London venue’s competition for young musicians enters its sixth year – just get your entries in before 1…
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Do I Have A Hit Song?

13/08/2014

‘Do I Have a Hit Song?’ TV talent show launched

Songwriting competition talent show due to premiere on IndiMusicTV this year, with the producers looking for independent songwriters to feature…
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Sam Duckworth

26/07/2014

Shure announces the winner of 2014 Songwriting Award

Sophie Coran is selected by Sam Duckworth (AKA Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly) to win this year’s Shure Songwriting Award…
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2 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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