Hey songwriters, it’s time for your big break!

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual song contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. ISC is designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels, both amateur and professional, and promote excellence in the art of songwriting. The competition is officially accepting entries, and all entries must be submitted by September 19, 2019.

How to Enter

For only $30 per entry ($25 if you register before June 12, 2019), you can submit as many songs as you like to the ISC. There are three ways to enter:

Enter via Mail

Enter Online

Enter via Sonicbids

After you decide how you would like to submit, you will have to place your submission into a category. You are not limited to one category, as you may put multiple submissions into the same category, or place submissions into different categories. These categories include:

  • AAA (Adult Album Alternative)
  • AC (Adult Contemporary)
  • Americana
  • Blues
  • Children’s Music
  • Christian
  • Comedy/Novelty
  • Country
  • EDM (Electronic Dance Music)
  • Folk/Singer-Songwriter
  • Instrumental
  • Jazz
  • Latin Music
  • Lyrics Only
  • Music Video
  • Performance
  • Pop/Top 40
  • R&B/Hip-Hop
  • Rock
  • Teen
  • Unpublished
  • Unsigned Only
  • World Music

Depending on the category, submissions are judged on the following criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Originality
  • Lyrics (excludes songs that do not have lyrics)
  • Melody
  • Arrangement
  • Overall likeability


Your songs will be judged by the following industry professionals:

This prestigious panel of judges offers exposure and the opportunity to have your songs heard by the most influential decision-makers in the music industry.

After you Enter

71 winners will share in the cash and prizes, including a grand prize of $25,000!

Previous winners include:

There is no doubt that you recognize many of the names above, if not all of them. Just think–you could be next!

If you’re feeling stuck with your songwriting at the moment, check out our article: Beat Your Songwriting Block with These 5 Exercises. And don’t forget, all entries must be submitted by September 19, 2019. Click here to enter!

More questions? Check out the ISC’s FAQ page.

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