Songwriting Competitions and Song Contests
Page updated 4/3/2015
Songwriting contests and competitions are a great way to get exposure
for your original music. Please use your best judgment before applying to any
songwriting contents. Be wary of those competitions
that ask you to pay for submission. There are many
scams out there, so do some research. If you make a
submission of one of your songs and you get an immediate
email or an email that asks you to pay further fees do some
research. For the most part, you should not have to
pay to submit to these competitions. Check out the
Better Business Bureau for complaints at
companies may call or contact you and ask you to pay a fee
for further promotion of your songs as well. Again,
research the company and be wary of paying fees for these
International Songwriting Competition - Song
Submission open to amateurs and pro songwriters with
over $150,000 in cash & merchandise awarded. Judging
panel includes renown artists and leading music industry
- USA Songwriting
Competition - World's leading international
songwriting competition and song contest. Your chance to be discovered by
big names in the music business.
- The John Lennon
Songwriting Contest - Sessions currently available
for entry of songs. Open to amateur and
professional songwriters and can submit in different
categories. Their is an entry fee for submission.
Unsigned Only Music Competition - Unsigned Only is a
unique international music competition geared toward
solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a
major label record company. Unsigned Only is looking for
an outstanding, talented performer… the “gem” of an
artist waiting to be discovered. Unsigned Only has a
highly esteemed judging panel, including recording
artists such as Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders), Iggy
Pop, Carly Simon, Neon Trees, Kirko Bangz, Hunter Hayes,
and many more. In addition to $10,000 and other great
prizes, the Grand Prize winner will also receive
one-on-one mentoring from high-profile music industry
executives from some of the world’s top record labels
including Universal Republic, Capitol, Word Label Group,
and many more.
International Movie Trailer Festival
- When you
enter IMTF you’re immediately a winner because your
trailer will be posted in a searchable online database,
where fans and producers can find your work.
- The Great
American Song Contest - Designed to benefit all
songwriters, lyricists, and composers who participate.
Contest offers 45 awards in 9 categories. Created
by songwriters. All submissions receive a written
evaluation by contest judges.
- Song of the
Year - International contest helping songwriters
network with professionals in the music industry.
Judges including famous artists, Grammy winners, and
music industry pros. Each month 1 winner and 4
finalists sons from each of 10 music categories are
selected and sent to major/minor record labels,
publishers, and more.
We Are Listening - Exceptional panel of judges and
winners flown to London to record with famous producers.
- Compo 10 -
Blues Songwriting Competition.
- The BOSA's -
Prize packages worth 10,000 in cash, merchandise, and
exposure. Contest has been around since 2000 to
- Festival 4
Stars - International Songwriting Competition -
There are 4 genres, Singer/songwriter, Pop/Rock,
Country/Folk/World and R&B/Soul/Rap with 3 Heats
throughout the year. It is open to anyone in the world
with the stipulation being that the lyrics are in
English. All Finalists can be heard and voted for
California Song Contest - The California Song
Writing Contest is a music competition for all types of
Rock Music from Alternative to Modern to Hard Rock. If
you write rock music, this is the song writing contest