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.

Christmas gift guide

14/12/2017

Win! The Songwriting Christmas Gift Guide

Be in with a chance of winning all of the products featured in our gift list with this seasonal competition…
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Sampha 'Process' album

14/09/2017

Sampha’s ‘Process’ wins 2017 Mercury Prize

The South Londoner’s debut is the judges’ top album in this year’s celebration to promote the best of British music…
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Stuart Epps

10/09/2017

UK Songwriting Contest deadline approaching

As part of the grand prize package, renowned music producer Stuart Epps has agreed to work with the winning songwriter…
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Faouzia

07/09/2017

Canadian teen wins Unsigned Only 2017

The annual competition’s grand prize was awarded to 17-year-old Faouzia – the first time a teenager has won the contest…
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Matt Epp and Faouzia

07/08/2017

The ISC unveils 2017 judges

International Songwriting Competition kicks off with another stellar judging panel comprising Lorde, Tom Waits, Perry Farrell, Ziggy Marley and more…
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Tim Schou

02/08/2017

International Acoustic Music Awards opens

The 14th annual IAMA – a competition promoting acoustic music performance and artistry, which discovered Meghan Trainor – is open…
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BASCA Chairman Crispin Hunt (left) and Nathan Morgan

29/07/2017

ACM’s BASCA scholarship winner announced

Nathan Morgan is 2017 recipient of the exclusive award and will start a free three-year Songwriting and Artist Development programme…
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Salute Music Makers competition

22/07/2017

Salute songwriting contest now free to enter

The success of the Music Makers competition permits the removal of its entry fee allowing free access for all entrants…
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Camilla Destiny

14/07/2017

Enter Our Songwriting Competition!

Working together with Space Promotions, Songwriting is bringing you the chance to win a songwriting session with a noted songwriter…
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Global Music Awards

01/07/2017

Global Music Awards open for entries

The music competition welcomes participation from any artists, bands, singers, songwriters and composers, who submit an original piece of music…
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The Music Development Agency

10/06/2017

The Music Development Agency announces launch

Coinciding with the opening of a recording studio in NYC, the platform aims to propel growth for musicians and brands…
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black microphone recording

01/06/2017

Five recording tips for entering a songwriting contest

Here are a handful of useful pointers to help you record your song and produce the best possible competition entry…
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Steve Levine

08/05/2017

JBL announces UK singer-songwriter contest

Loudspeaker brand’s new competition offers the chance to win a PA system and recording day with Grammy-winning producer Steve Levine…
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ReverbNation Competition…Runners-Up

02/05/2017

ReverbNation Songwriting Competition… Runners-up

Our magazine presented the best. Now we’re giving you the finest of the rest, as we profile the five runners-up…
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Coldplay

20/04/2017

Nominations announced for The Ivors 2017

Coldplay, Michael Kiwanuka, Nick Cave and Skepta are among the songwriters in the running for this year’s Ivor Novello Awards…
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Siana – Open Mic UK

19/04/2017

Open Mic UK 2017 audition dates released

The annual music competition that discovered Birdy kicks off with showcase events taking place in 14 regions across the country…
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Feargal Sharkey

22/03/2017

New contest Salute-ing music makers

An original music competition with a £50,000 cash prize is launched by Salute, an enterprise designed to empower UK talent…
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American Authors

17/03/2017

2017 USA Songwriting Competition opens

The annual contest is accepting entries from around the world, offering a top prize of $50,000 in cash and merch…
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Skrizzly Adams

22/12/2016

Songwriting contest reopens for Christmas

The International Songwriting Competition is accepting submissions for 2016 with a discounted entry fee as part of a holiday promotion…
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Rag'n'Bone Man

08/12/2016

Rag’n’Bone Man is BRITs Critics’ Choice

Rory Graham gets the annual award ahead of Anne-Marie and Dua Lipa, on the strength of his chart-dominating single ‘Human’…
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5 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)

  3. nino says:

    Hi

    I don’t seem to be able to enter this competition for some reason. Anyway I have this song and was wondering what you think of it. Main part of the song is below. Title of song is My Vision of You.

    My vision of you is all it could be.
    beautiful woman laying next to me.
    You close your eyes you dream your dream.
    You’re the most beautiful wonman Ah’ve ever seen.

    Now Ah want you to know the way Ah feel.
    The way Ah love is surreal.
    Just one look at you filled me with desire.
    You’ve opened ma heart – set it on fire.

  4. Ricardo frankson says:

    Hi i am interested in songwriting and would like to know if there are any competitions.

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