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Songwriting Contests

All songwriting contests are listed by their deadline months and dates.  All times are central.

There are a variety of contests listed, including performance competitions, so please read the details to make sure you’re submitting for the appropriate type.

This is a rolling calendar so may cross years.

A question mark on the date indicates the contest is closed, and new dates for the upcoming year have not been established yet.

 

 


JANUARY

15 American Songwriter Lyric Contest (MAR/APR)

Deadline:  JAN 15  |  Full Details

 


FEBRUARY

 

1 MerleFest’s Chris Austin Songwriting Contest

Deadline:  FEB 1  |  Full Details

 

28 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition

Deadline:  FEB 28  |  Full Details

 


MARCH

 

1 Wildflower Arts & Music Festival

Deadline:  MAR 1  |  Full Details

 

15 American Songwriter Lyric Contest (MAY/JUN)

Deadline:  MAR 15  |  Full Details

 

26 Songwriter Serenade

Deadline:  MAR 26  |  Full Details

 


APRIL

 

? John Hartford Songwriting Contest

Deadline:  APR ?  |  Full Details

 

? LEAF Singer-Songwriter Competition

Deadline:  APR ?  |  Full Details

 

? Telluride Troubadour Competition

Deadline:  APR ?  |  Full Details

 


MAY

 

15 American Songwriter Lyric Contest (JUL/AUG)

Deadline:  MAY 15  |  Full Details

 

? USA Songwriting Competition

Deadline:  MAY ?  |  Full Details

 


JUNE

 

? International Songwriting Competition (ISC)

Deadline:  JUN ?   |  Full Details

 

15 The John Lennon Songwriting Contest I

Deadline:  JUN ?   |  Full Details

 


JULY

 

15 American Songwriter Lyric Contest (SEP/OCT)

Deadline:  JUL 15  |  Full Details

 


AUGUST

 

? Texas Troubadour Songwriter Classic

Deadline:  AUG ?  |  Full Details

 

? TX Top Pick Singer/Songwriter Contest

Deadline:  AUG ?  |  Full Details

 


SEPTEMBER

 

15 American Songwriter Lyric Contest (NOV/DEC)

Deadline:  SEP 15  |  Full Details

 


OCTOBER

 

? NSAI Song Contest presented by CMT

Deadline:  OCT ?  |  Full Details

 


NOVEMBER

 

? Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter Contest

Deadline:  NOV ?  |  Full Details

 

15 American Songwriter Lyric Contest (JAN/FEB)

Deadline:  NOV 15  |  Full Details

 

? SongDoor International Songwriting Competition

Deadline:  NOV ?  |  Full Details

 

? Great American Song Contest

Deadline:  NOV ?  |  Full Details

 


DECEMBER

 

? John Lennon Songwriting Contest II

Deadline:  Dec ?  |  Full Details

 

? Mountain Stage NewSong Contest

Deadline:  Dec ?  |  Full Details

 

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