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.

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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Beverly Perry

12/11/2015

Unsigned artist sweeps competition semis

Oklahoma-based singer-songwriter, Beverly Perry has achieved an unprecedented eleven entries in six categories of the 2015 UK Songwriting Contest semi-finals…
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RVL Productions

21/10/2015

Exciting new songwriting contest to launch next year

UK songwriters pay attention, because 2016 will offer you the chance to enter a songwriting competition offering a £50,000 prize…
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Shure Vocal Mastery

27/09/2015

Shure announces new vocal contest

The mic manufacturer’s European arm begins a Vocal Mastery competition to win gear, an ACM masterclass and Metropolis Studios session…
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SMSWF

02/09/2015

Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival: winners announced

The Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival in Tennessee have announced the winners of their fourth annual song competition – full details…
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Safeauto and DreamJobbing

29/08/2015

Car insurance company offers a songwriter’s ‘dream job’

SafeAuto and DreamJobbing want a musician to fly to California, create original music for an advertising campaign and win $10,000…
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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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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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