As a songwriter, submitting your music to the industry gives you an opportunity to receive feedback, expose your work and talent to music professionals, receive prizes, make contacts and further your career. The more you submit, the more of those opportunities you give yourself. Most competitions below will let you do multiple submission, many of your tracks or the same one in multiple music categories. Some also have lyric only and music only categories. The following list is only of the trialed and tested.
The International Songwriting Contest (ISC, http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/) is an annual song contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. Amateur and professional songwriters and musicians are invited to participate. ISC has the most prestigious panel of judges of all the songwriting and music contests in the world, offering exposure and the opportunity to have your songs heard by the most influential decision-makers in the music industry. 68 winners will share in the cash and prizes! Go to their website to view the prizes, see the available categories to submit in, read the judging criteria, see the judges, submit your songs for an opportunity to win cash and prizes, further your music career, and gain recognition and exposure in the music industry.
The John Lennon Songwriting contest (JLSC, http://jlsc.com/) is an international songwriting contest that began in 1997. The Contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters who submit entries in any one of 12 categories. The JLSC is open year-round and features two Sessions — with 72 Finalists, 24 Grand Prize Winners, 12 Lennon Award Winners and 1 “Song of the Year.” You don’t need a professional recording. Entries will be judged on originality, melody, composition, and lyrics (when applicable). Check their websites for the categories to enter your songs, find out about the judges, prizes and submit your songs.
The UK Songwriting Contest (UKSC, http://www.songwritingcontest.co.uk/) is one of the longest running songwriting contests in the world and was formed in London in 2002 with support from The BRIT Trust to promote the craft of songwriting and to encourage and discover new songwriters and it is well known in the music industry as a launching pad for new talent. Since its launch over 50,000 songs have taken part and almost £1,000,000 has been awarded in prizes. The contest is a favourite with both beginners and with experienced songwriters internationally and it is highly respected in the music industry. Many past contestants have been signed by publishers, producers and record companies – including signings by top industry names such as Simon Cowell. Many entrants have also received extensive radio play for their entries, TV appearances and press coverage and have gone on to successfully write for major artists. Go to the website to see more about the contest, its judges, prizes, its latest winners and more.
Since 1995, the USA Songwriting Competition® (http://www.songwriting.net) , the world’s leading international songwriting event, has been honoring songwriters, composers, bands, and recording artists around the world. This is open to all, regardless of nationality or country origin. Check the websites to find out about the categories, the amazing prizes (including airplay, the first for any songwriting competition) and to submit to this opportunity to get heard by top music industry professionals and the biggest names in the music business!