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American Songwriter Lyric Contest (MAR/APR)

American Songwriter Lyric Contest (MAR/APR)

The American Songwriter Lyric Contest consists of six (6) contests per year that run in conjunction with each issue published. Entrants should send lyric sheet only, no cassettes or musical direction.

The winning lyric, along with three (3) additional runners-up and up to ten (10) honorable mentions from each contest, will be published in the issue of American Songwriter Magazine that follows the deadline of each contest.




Opens: December 1  (Midnight)

Deadlines: January 15  (11:59PM)



Honorable Mentions: Up to ten honorable mentions are recognized in each issue.

Finalists: Top four finalists have their lyrics printed in American Songwriter Magazine. One of the four finalists will also be chosen for American Songwriter’s one-page Q&A feature in the coinciding issue.

First Place: First place winner receives a Gibson Hummingbird Guitar and a legendary Shure SM58 Microphone.

Annual Grand Prize: One First Place winner (selected from the year’s 6 winners) will win a round-trip flight (domestic only) to Nashville for a “Dream Co-writing Session” with country music singer-songwriter MARY GAUTHIER. The winner will also receive a full band demo recording session at a Omni Sound Studios.
Past Grand Prize Lyric Contest winners have co-written with hit songwriters such as Elizabeth Cook, Ashley Monroe, Lee Brice, Hayes Carll, Chris Young, Rodney Crowell, Bobby Braddock and Chris Stapleton.



  • 2015 “Dream Co-Write” with John Paul White
  • Professional Demo Session (1 song) at Omni Sound Studios
  • Round-Trip Flight to Nashville (domestic only)
  • Batson Americana Guitar
  • Legendary Shure SM58 Microphone







  1. Why am I just now receiving this 5/20/16 it seems the date is past. Is there another one coming up 12/1/16? Thanks. Donna

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