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.

Adam Levine


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…



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…

DSH carousel 2


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

Our Dublin Studio Hub competition offers you the chance to have your music performed, recorded, mixed and mastered professionally ancy…

InCrest band photo – ReverbNation Songwriting competition winners


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…

Future Music Songwriting Competition – Luke Friend


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…

Cammie Robinson


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…

Tom Waits


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…

Your Songwriting Contest


New songwriting contest launches

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

Camden Roundhouse


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…

Do I Have A Hit Song?


‘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…

Sam Duckworth


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…

Purbeck Folk Festival


Talent contest returns to Purbeck Folk Festival

The annual competition Purbeck Rising offers another opportunity for an act to play the main stage of the award-winning festival…

Next Big Thing


Win a recording contract worth £100,000!

Paul ‘19’ Hardcastle and radio network UTV Media launch a UK talent search with a recording contract as the prize…

Songwriters Hall Of Fame Song Competition


Hall Of Fame songwriting contest deadline approaches

Songwriters Hall Of Fame competition to win a publishing contract with Universal is still open for entries until 30 June…

Song Academy Young Songwriter 2014


Young Songwriter contest winners announced

Song Academy reveal the winners of Young Songwriter 2014, judged by the likes of Eg White and Fraser T Smith…


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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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