There are several interesting songwriting contests held all around the world every year. I collected some of them here in this post. Most of these songwriting competitions are open for everyone but some are only for young songwriters or for amateur musicians etc. Most of the songwriting competitions require entry fee which is usually around 35$ for one submitted song but some competitions are free of entry as well.

It’s up to you to decide to participate in songwriting competitions but some will offer good prices for the winners including recording equipment, studio time etc. Competitions that provide feedback from industry professionals are particularly attractive.

Eurovision Song Contest

This legendary songwriting competition is probably the biggest song contest in the world. There’s a long tradition starting from 1950’s and it’s broadcasted for millions of Eurovision fans every year. This one is a major opportunity for every songwriter. Website

 

Hollywood Songwriting Contest

This songwriting competitions has a fancy name and it’s open for international songwriters as well. The contest brings together songwriters, producers and musicians. Website

 

IAMA International Acoustic Music Awards

A music competition focused purely on acoustic music in various music genres. IAMA International Acoustic Music Awards have been around for almost 20 years now. Website

 

Indie International Songwriting Contest

This one is an annual songwriting competition and it’s completely online. A good place for emerging songwriters to get useful critique and reviews for their songs. Website

International Songwriting Competition ISC

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual songwriting and music contest. This international competition is open for amateur and professional songwriters. The contest judges are respected music industry professionals. Website

NSAI Song Contest

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world’s largest not-for-profit songwriters trade association. NSAI is established in 1967 and they’re having their old song contest (2 categories, song-lyric only) as well. Website

 

Paramount Song Contest

ParamountSong Home, Located in Nashville’s Music District. There’s not much information available from this competition. Website

 

Podunk Bluegrass Festival Songwriter Contest

The Annual Podunk Bluegrass Festival has a songwriting contest as well. Top three winners receive cash prizes and rewards, including the opportunity to appear on stage during the festival. Website

 

Song Academy – Young Songwriters  

This one is a songwriting competition for young in the UK/ Ireland. The age categories are 8-12 and 13-18 years. Website

 

Song Of The Year

Song of the Year is an international songwriting contest that’s been around for a good time now already. The primary focus of this songwriting competition is to find great songwriters and help them to network with music industry professionals.  Website

 

Songdoor – International Songwriting Competition

Songdoor is an international songwriting competition started back in 2006. There are several contest categories available for songwriters in different music genres. Website

 

The American Songwriter Lyric Contest

This songwriting contest is open for amateur songwriters. You can participate if you haven’t earned more than $5000 from songwriting related income (royalties, advances etc.). Website

 

The Country Showdown Songwriting Contest

The Country Showdown is a songwriting contest with long history starting in 1980’s. Many established country artists have taken part of this contest during the years. Website 

The Dallas Songwriters Association 2019 Song Contest

Now in its 29th year, The Dallas Songwriters Association 2019 Song Contest is one of the longest running international song contests for amateur songwriters. Offering over $5,000 in cash and prizes this year, the DSA has EIGHT categories in all. See Contest Rules for eligibility. Accepting Submissions 6/17/19 through 9/30/2019. Website 

 

The European Songwriting Award

The European Songwriting Award (ESA) is an international songwriting competition for songwriters from all around the world. It’s held during Musikmesse Frankfurt in Germany. Website 

 

The Future Music Songwriting Competition

Future Music is a rather new national songwriting competition based in the UK. It’s an opportunity for beginner and more experienced songwriters in the UK to get their music heard and potentially get signed. Website 

 

The Great American Song Contest 

This songwriting contest guarantees that everyone who participate will receive a written evaluation of their song from a music-industry professional. The Great American Song Contest offers an alternative to the songwriting contest that offer only money as prize. Website

 

The John Lennon Songwriting Contest

This international songwriting contest began in 1997 and it’s open to amateur and professional songwriters. There’s 12 contest categories available in The John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Entry fees from the contest are used to support the non-profit John Lennon Educational Tour Bus mobile recording studio. Website

 

The Mid-Atlantic Song Contest

The Songwriters’ Association of Washington (SAW) presents the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC) to help songwriters receive recognition for their work and to further excellence in songwriting through education. Website 

 

The NewSong Music Competition

This competition has been organized for many years and is open to various music genres. The NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competitions is located in North America. Website 

 

The NYC Songwriting Contest

This songwriting contest is a free online songwriting contest. Winners are chosen by public online poll so it’s a good competition if you’re having a solid online following of fans or friends. Website

 

The U.S.A Songwriting Competition

Despite its name the USA Songwriting Competition® is open to all, regardless of nationality or country origin. This international songwriting contest has been organized since 1995. Website 

 

Unsigned Only Music Competition

The title says a lot. This competition is for unsigned artists. According to the site many winners of Unsigned Only Music Competition have secured licensing and publishing deals and some of them have even been signed to major label deals. Website

 

VocalMatch Songwriter Competition

VocalMatch is a network of creative songwriters, singers, musicians. The deadlines for the competition are in the fall and there’s money price promised for the winner. Website