The John Lennon Songwriting Contest

If you’re a musician, producer, or singer-songwriter and love John Lennon’s music, then this contest is for you! The John Lennon Songwriting Contest was created to celebrate the legacy of one of rock’s most iconic artists. This contest will allow musicians to come together and showcase their work with the ultimate goal of $20,000 cash and prizes.

The Contest

In honor of John Lennon, The John Lennon Songwriting Contest is an international songwriting contest that began in 1997 to allow songwriters to express themselves, gain recognition, and get their music heard. The JLSC is made possible by Yoko Ono Lennon.

The Rules

▶︎ Over $300,000 in cash awards and prizes in 12 categories-72 Finalists, 24 Grand Prize Winners, 12 Lennon Award Winners, and 1 “Song of the Year.” Click here for a complete list of PRIZES.

▶︎ You don’t need a professional recording. However, entries will be judged on originality, melody, composition, and lyrics (when applicable).

 George Clinton, Prince Royce, 311, and Jim Steinman are our Executive Committee of Judges members. Meet the Judges

▶︎ Proceeds from the contest help support the non-profit John Lennon Educational Tour Bus mobile recording studio, dedicated to providing young people with opportunities to create original music and digital media.

Entry Requirements

  • One song five (5) minutes or less in the form of MP3 (12MB or less), CD, or Cassette
  • A lyric sheet — no lyrics necessary for instrumental compositions
  • A payment — $30.00 per song
  • A completed application
  • Read the Rules & Regulations carefully before entering

Session II – OPEN

Open – June 16, 2021
Deadline – December 31, 2021 – 11:59PM PST
Winner Announcement – March 1, 2022
12 Grand Prize Winners (one in each category) and 36 Finalists (three in each category)

John Lennon was a songwriter, an activist, and so much more. His legacy continues to live on in this international contest that celebrates his creativity and love for music, intending to give people worldwide an opportunity to express themselves through art if you are interested in entering your work into The John Lennon Songwriting Contest,

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