Since 1984, the American Songwriter Lyric Contest has helped aspiring songwriters get noticed and have fun.

Enter your lyrics for your chance to win a high end guitar, mic and a full page feature in American Songwriter. Plus a "Dream Day" on Music Row.

Now accepting lyrics for the Sept/Oct Issue Lyric Contest:

1st Place Prizes:

  • Ovation Exotic Wood Legend Guitar C2079AXP2-PB
  • Sennheiser E935 Microphone
  • Full page feature in and promotion across American Songwriter
  • Out of the 6 winners, 1 will win a "Dream Day" on Music Row

Runner Ups and Honorable Mentions:

  • Top 4 get their lyrics placed in American Songwriter
  • Ten "Honorable Mentions" are placed in American Songwriter by writer and song title

2019 Winner Mike Guiney's Dream Day on Music Row

This year's "Dream Day" on Music Row includes:

  • Round Trip Flight to Nashville (domestic only)
  • Professional Demo Session (1 song) at Omni Sound Studios
  • Two nights at Union Station Hotel Nashville, Autograph Collection
  • Co-Write with Dallas Davidson (25 #1s)

Hear from Past Winners

From Lyric Contest Win to Billboard #1

From Lyric Contest Win to Signed by Jimmy Buffett

Meet the Contest Judges

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Contest FAQ

How much does it cost?

$15 per song

How do I submit my lyrics?

Copy and paste your lyrics into the form below.

Do I maintain ownership of my lyrics?

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


Get started by submitting the form below

Evergreen Lyric Contest Form

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Add Lyric Entries

The entry fee is $15.00 per song. You may submit as many entries as you like for each contest.
Please enter the title of your song in the first line.



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