Contest Opportunity: The John Lennon Songwriting Contest

Contest Opportunity: The John Lennon Songwriting Contest

Prize package totalling over $300,000.00

Deadline: December 31, 2021

The John Lennon Songwriting Contest 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." All entry fees from the contest help support the non-profit John Lennon Educational Tour Bus mobile recording studio.

You don't need a professional recording. Entries will be judged on originality, melody, composition, and lyrics (when applicable). Your songs may be entered in any of the following categories: Rock, Country, Jazz, Pop, World, Rhythm & Blues, Hip Hop, Gospel/Inspirational, Latin, Electronic, Folk, and Children's. Instrumental compositions are encouraged.

This year, they are giving away their biggest prize package yet totalling over $300,000.00. Every year, there are a total of (72) Finalists, (24) Grand Prize Winners, (12) Lennon Award Winners and (1) $20,000 "Song of the Year." Winners, based on their level of achievement, will receive studio equipment from OWC, Yamaha, Audio-Technica, Konig & Meyer, Propellerhead, Neutrik, Genelec, Copperpeace, Mackie, Focusrite, New Bay Media. The writer(s) of the $20,000 "Song of the Year," the highest honour bestowed in the contest, will receive a $20,000 check in addition to their gear prizing.

The Session 1 deadline is June 15, 2021.

The Session 2 deadline is December 31, 2021.

For complete rules and regulations, and to apply, click here.