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Enter the American Songwriter Lyric Contest


Former Lyric Contest winner Matt Hoggatt onstage with Jimmy Buffett

We are currently accepting entries for the May/June 2020 Lyric Contest. Deadline is March 15th at 11:59pm CST. Any entries received March 16 or later will be entered into the July/August contest. Enter now for your chance to win a…

  • Paul Reed Smith A60e Guitar (List Price: $1099.00) — Or a similar make & model
  • Sennheiser E935 Microphone (List Price: 179.95)

From the 2020 Lyric Contest winners, one winner will be selected for the Grand Prize which 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

The “Dream Co-Write” this year is with Dallas Davidson and will be held in early 2021. Past years Dream Co-Writers include such luminaries as Rodney Crowell, Bobby Braddock, Elizabeth Cook, Chris Young, Hayes Carll, Ashley Monroe, Chris Stapleton, Charlie Worsham, Brent Cobb, Mary Gauthier and Jim Lauderdale. The 2020 judges panel includes Steve Cropper, Chris Collingwood, Mo Pitney, Marc Broussard, Michaela Anne, Gary Burr, Drew Holcomb, Wendell Kimbrough, and Ruthie Collins.

Former Lyric Contest winner Matt Hoggatt backstage with Jimmy Buffett

The lyrics of the four finalists are printed in American Songwriter, and the winning songwriter is profiled in the same issue. Ten “Honorable Mentions” are listed by writer and song title. Lyrics that run excessively long may be published in excerpted form due to space limitations. You can enter to win the May/June 2020 Lyric Contest (and become eligible for the Grand Prize) by entering the contest below. Deadline March 15 at 11:59pm (CST).

Click here to see the Rules & Deadlines.

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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