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.

Violet Skies


How songwriters can receive £10,000 to boost their careers

Writer Producer Fund gives financial support to songwriters and composers. Here are the latest writer-producers who will receive career-changing funding…

Vance Joy – ISC 2014 winner


The ISC 2018 deadline is approaching

International Songwriting Competition is open for entries, offering a chance to win a share of $150,000 in cash and prizes…


2018 Mercury Prize finalists announced

Lily Allen, Everything Everything and Wolf Alice are among this year’s award nominees, joined by debutants Novelist and Jorga Smith…

Priscilla Renea Hairston


2018 USA Songwriting Competition deadline looms

The contest is still accepting entries from around the world, offering a top prize of cash and merch worth $50,000…

Eileen Quigley


Revealing the winner of our Christmas Gift Guide competition

The lucky person who received all 10 products in our festive kit list was a very grateful, Scottish, budding singer-songwriter…

Andie Case and Usher


Songwriter wins first global mobile talent contest

Usher awards $1 million to singer-songwriter Andie Case for her “unique voice and original music” and announces new Megastar competition…

Christmas gift guide


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…

Sampha 'Process' album


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…

Stuart Epps


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…



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…

Matt Epp and Faouzia


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…

Tim Schou


International Acoustic Music Awards opens

The 14th annual IAMA – a competition promoting acoustic music performance and artistry, which discovered Meghan Trainor – is open…

BASCA Chairman Crispin Hunt (left) and Nathan Morgan


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…

Salute Music Makers competition


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…

Camilla Destiny


Enter Our Songwriting Competition!

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

Global Music Awards


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…

The Music Development Agency


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…

black microphone recording


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…

Steve Levine


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…

ReverbNation Competition…Runners-Up


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…


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:


    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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