Contest Information

New This Year!

Everyone that enters the songwriting contest this year gets access to our Mastermind | The Inner Circle | Songwriter Focus Group where we will discuss everything from songwriter development tools, the business of songwriting, commercial viability, and much more!

 

Songwriter of the Year Prizes/Opportunities

To be selected from the quarterly 1st place winners in the 15th Annual Songwriting Contest.

1st Place Prizes:

There will be four 1st place winners in the 15th Annual Songwriting Contest, one for each quarter. Each 1st place winner will receive the following.
  • A press release will be sent to several radio stations and news agencies announcing you as the 1st place winner.
  • A 3-month Feature Profile at http://www.cmunited.net.
  • 1st Place Announcement at http://ChristianSongwriting.com/winners/ with a link to your website.
  • Audio recorded evaluation of your song from some of the judges.

2nd Place Prizes:

There will be four 2nd place winners in the 15th Annual Songwriting Contest, one for each quarter. Each 2nd place winner will receive the following.
  • A press release will be sent to several radio stations and news agencies announcing you as the 2nd place winner.
  • A 3-month Feature Profile at http://www.cmunited.net.
  • 2nd Place Announcement at http://ChristianSongwriting.com/winners/ with a link to your website.
  • Audio recorded evaluation of your song from some of the judges.

3rd Place Prizes:

There will be four 3rd place winners in the 15th Annual Songwriting Contest, one for each quarter. Each 3rd place winner will receive the following.
  • A press release will be sent to several radio stations and news agencies announcing you as the 3rd place winner.
  • A 3-month Feature Profile at http://www.cmunited.net.
  • 3rd Place Announcement at http://ChristianSongwriting.com/winners/ with a link to your website
  • Audio recorded evaluation of your song from some of the judges.

Judges

  • James Katina (The Katinas, Singer/Songwriter/Musician)
  • Chrissy Conway Katina (ZoeGirl, Singer/Songwriter)
  • Chris Sligh (American Idol Finalist, Singer/Songwriter)
  • Tammy Trent (Singer/Songwriter)
  • Jeff McLaughlin (Manager, Radio Promoter for Cheri Keaggy, Clay Crosse, Crystal Lewis, John Schlitt, The Katinas)

15th Annual Songwriting Contest Rules & Entry Procedures

Entry Fees:

  • $35 (USD) for one song.
  • $65 (USD) for two songs (a $5 savings).
  • $95 (USD) for three songs (a $10 savings).
  • $155 (USD) for five songs (a $20 savings).
  • $300 (USD) for ten songs (a $50 savings).

Entry Deadlines:

  • The 1st Quarter Entry Deadline is March 31, 2017.
  • The 2nd Quarter Entry Deadline is June 30, 2017.
  • The 3rd Quarter Entry Deadline is September 30, 2017.
  • The 4th Quarter Entry Deadline is December 31, 2017.

Winners Announcements:

As long as everything goes as planned, we will announce the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners within 60 days of each entry deadline for that quarter. All winners will be announced via our e-mail list and on our website. If you are interested in learning who makes each cut within each quarter, you can follow the blog that has been set up in the members section. CLICK HERE to access that blog.

Other Important Things to Remember:

By entering this contest, you are acknowledging that you understand and agree to the following:

  • All contestants must be 18 years of age or have parent or guardian consent.
  • Songs that have been published and/or copyrighted may be entered, but songs that have been recorded by a major label artist are not eligible.
  • Your songs do not have to be “radio-ready” to enter the contest. The judging will not be on recording quality. It will be on the quality of the song & lyrics. You may use a home demo with piano or guitar only for the background if you choose to.
  • Your song must have lyric and audio to be accepted. Do not submit lyrics only. This is not a lyrics only contest.
  • You are responsible for making all deadlines and you (or any cowriters of the songs entered) will not hold CM United, ChristianSongwriting.com or any other parties involved liable for any entries not received on time.
  • If there are cowriters for the songs entered, only one set of prizes will be sent and received by the primary songwriter winning the contest.
  • Other than the prizes listed on the website for the 15th Annual Songwriting Contest, you agree not to hold CM United, ChristianSongwriting.com or any other parties involved responsible for any liability in any way.
  • The prizes may vary based on availability.
  • All contest entry fees are final. No refunds may be given for any reason.
  • All federal, state, and local laws apply. Void where prohibited by law.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the results of the contest be announced?

We will strive to announce the results of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners within 60 days of the deadline for each quarter as long as all goes as planned. The Songwriter of the Year Award will be announced on or before February 28th, 2018.

Will I receive feedback for the song I enter?

I’m sorry, but due to the number of entries, we will not be able to provide individual critiques. However, we will provide a detailed list of the judging criteria and what the judges look for within each category to everyone that enters the contest. We will also provide you with a self-evaluation form and details on how to grade your own song. We will also provide you with a list of common errors, flaws, and weaknesses commonly seen within many of the song entries. We will also provide a detailed critique of the winning song from each quarter with the reasons that particular song was chosen as the winner. All of these details and critiques will prove to be beneficial to everyone that enters the contest.

Do the entries have to be recorded with accompaniment?

If you have the opportunity to use accompaniment for your song, it will help. However, if you do not have time or resources to record the song with accompaniment, a capella will work just fine.

Do the entries have to be radio-ready?

No! The judging is on the quality of the song, not the quality of the singer or the recording/production quality.

Can I submit lyrics only?

No. This is a songwriting contest. Lyrics and audio must be submitted to be eligible. We have had Lyrics-Only contests in the past and may again at some point, but that will be a separate contest altogether.

Do the entries have to be a particular style?

Christian Music has a wide range of styles. Whether your songs are AC, country, pop, rock, P&W, southern gospel or urban/R&B/black gospel, send them to us!

Will I know what rank my entries place if they aren't in the top three?

We will only announce the placement of the top three entries. However, we will announce which songwriters make it through each phase of the contest so you can see how far you make it as we move through the judging process.

Will I still have complete rights to the songs I enter in the contest?

Absolutely! You may be contacted by someone about the song if they like it well enough to record or pitch it. However, nothing changes just because you entered the song into the contest. You still have complete rights to the song. You may even be contacted by one of the judges or personnel involved for a publishing deal, but whether you accept any deals will be totally up to you!