What makes The Great American Song Contest different?

  • Fair and Limited Competition: The Great American Song Contest is open to amateur and semi-pro songwriters only — not professionals.
  • More Chances To Win: Unlike “Big Cash Prize” events that take in 20,000 to 30,000 entries, the Great American Song Contest limits annual entries to 5,000. This not only increases the odds of winning for entrants, it also ensures that the judges have adequate time to review each song carefully.
  • Knowledgeable & Supportive Judges: Great American Song Contest judges thoroughly review each song, then provide helpful and detailed evaluations. Every songwriter receives a written evaluation of their songs from contest Judges.
  • Focus On the Song: GASC Judges focus only on the songwriting — lyrics, melody & song structure — NOT on the vocal performances, instrumentation or recording quality.



Opens – May

Deadlines – November 17

Winner announcement – TBD


  • $30 per song | $25 for each song after the first two






Ten (10) Categories:

  • Pop
  • Rock/Alt
  • Adult Contemporary
  • Country
  • Folk/Americana
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Christian/Inspirational
  • Instrumental
  • Hip Hop/Urban/R&B
  • Special Category Music
    • Children’s
    • Christmas
    • Novelty
    • Comedy
  • Lyric Writing



  • Grand Prize Winner
    • Receives $1000 in cash and a free membership to TAXI Independent A&R Company — a $300 Value!
    • $200 Gift Certificate from Musician’s Friend
    • A free one-year Platinum Membership to SongU.com, a $300 value
    • A special $100 discount on a year of service from the
      CD Baby web hosting company Hostbaby
    • 5 free Music Xray Diagnostics from MusicXray.com, a multi-functional platform for promoting your songs to the music industry and audiences around the world
    • Professional songwriting software from MasterWriter — a $199 Value!
    • An album’s worth of mastering services from Nashville’s Sage Audio — a $400 value!
    • A one-year membership from Broadjam, a great company dedicated to providing great services for songwriters and independent musicians — a $250 value
    • Six month memberships to: SonicBids, MusicClout.com
  • 1st Place In Each Category:
    • A free membership to TAXI Independent A&R Company — a $300 Value!
    • A free six-month Platinum Membership to SongU.com, a $150 value
    • 5 free Music Xray Diagnostics from MusicXray.com
    • A one-year membership from Broadjam
  • Full Prize List