American Songwriter Annual Song Contest

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2020 Judges (2021 Judges Coming Soon)

What if I’m not a particularly good singer, and my recording is a bit mediocre... Will I be penalized for that?

This is a song contest, based on lyrical and melodic values, not a singing contest. Songs will be evaluated based on lyrics, melody, and various other musical considerations. Songs WILL NOT be evaluated on recording quality, vocal prowess, or other similar values. We simply require that the recording clearly presents the song in its fullest light. Please see the Terms & Conditions for further details.

When is the Deadline?

2021 Deadline Coming Soon

Is the Contest International?

Yes! Submissions from any country are allowed.

What if my song platform analytics or trackable links suggest that my songs are receiving proper screening?

As previously stated, our screeners’ time commitment to each song depends on its merit. American Songwriter is not liable for the accuracy of external, 3rd party platform (listed above) analytics. We can however confirm receipt of your submission and ensure that it will be screened, as defined above, during the screening process.

What if I have advertising enabled (monetization) on my SoundCloud or YouTube accounts?

If you could kindly disable advertising for the song(s) you submit, that would be helpful to our screeners and judges panel, although it is not mandatory.

What exactly are the screeners and judges looking for creatively in the songs?

Our screeners and judges are looking for songs that stand out from the pack, songs that are candidates to stand the test of time. They are looking for songs of all genres of music. They are looking for uniqueness, cleverness, poeticism, commerciality, the elusive chill factor (when a song gives you chills), story songs, songs that are relatable to humanity at large, as well as songs that are intimately personal. Please see the Terms & Conditions for further details.

How much does it cost?

$25 per song

$15 per song with Early Bird Special

Do you listen to full songs?

All songs are first screened for competitiveness; our screeners are discretionary in their listening experience to gauge overall merit and to determine if a song is worthy of Top 35 consideration.

When do you listen to my songs?

The screening period is throughout the year, with the majority of screening taking place September through mid-November.

How do I submit my songs?

Copy and paste a public link to your songs into the form below. They can be hosted on any platform: SoundCloud, Youtube etc.

How can I tell if my link is public?

On your browser, open up a "Private" or "Incognito" window. Paste your link into the address bar. If you can access your song without logging in or entering a password, your song will be accessible to our judges. If you cannot, you will need to adjust your privacy settings.

Do I maintain ownership of my song?

Yes! We do NOT claim ownership in the materials you submit in conjunction with the Contest.

Contest FAQ

Copy and paste a public link to your songs into the form below. Double check the validity of the link before submitting. Please submit links from our five preferred song submission platforms: (1) SoundCloud, (2) YouTube (audio or video, not to be confused with YouTube Music), (3) Spotify, (4) Songspace and (5) Songcraft.

On your browser, open up a “Private” or “Incognito” window. Paste your link into the address bar. If you can access your song without logging in or entering a password, your song will be accessible to our judges. If you cannot, you will need to adjust your privacy settings. ​

Yes! We do NOT claim ownership in the materials you submit in conjunction with the Song Contest.

Yes! Submissions from any country are allowed.

$25 per song​

$15 per song with Early Bird Special

All songs are first screened for competitiveness; our screeners are discretionary in their listening experience to gauge overall merit and to determine if a song is worthy of Top 35 consideration.

The screening period is throughout the year, with the majority of screening taking place September through mid-November.

Our screeners’ time commitment to each song depends on its merit. American Songwriter is not liable for the accuracy of external, 3rd party platform (listed above) analytics. We can however confirm receipt of your submission and ensure that it will be screened, as defined above, during the screening process.

If you could kindly disable advertising for the song(s) you submit, that would be helpful to our screeners and judges panel, although it is not mandatory.

Our screeners and judges are looking for songs that stand out from the pack, songs that are candidates to stand the test of time. They are looking for songs of all genres of music. They are looking for uniqueness, cleverness, poeticism, commerciality, the elusive chill factor (when a song gives you chills), story songs, songs that are relatable to humanity at large, as well as songs that are intimately personal. Please see the Terms & Conditions for further details.

This is a song contest, based on lyrical and melodic values, not a singing contest. Songs will be evaluated based on lyrics, melody, and various other musical considerations. Songs WILL NOT be evaluated on recording quality, vocal prowess, or other similar values. We simply require that the recording clearly presents the song in its fullest light. Please see the Terms & Conditions for further details.

2021 Deadline Coming Soon

A song contest submission does NOT include receiving feedback. 

2020 Sponsors (2021 Sponsors Coming Soon)

How to Enter

Enter Your Songs by Using the Form Below

Copy and paste publicly accessible links to your songs into the form below. This is what the judges will use to listen to your songs.

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The entry fee is $25.00 per song. You may submit as many songs as you like.
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