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The John Lennon Songwriting Contest is an international songwriting contest that began in 1997. The Contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters who submit entries in any one of 12 categories. The JLSC is open year-round and features two Sessions -- with 72 Finalists, 24 Grand Prize Winners, 12 Lennon Award Winners and 1 Maxell Song of the Year.

You don't need a professional recording. Entries will be judged on originality, melody, composition, and lyrics (when applicable). Your songs may be entered in any of the following categories: Rock, Country, Jazz, Pop, World, Rhythm & Blues, Hip Hop, Gospel/Inspirational, Latin, Electronic, Folk, and Children's. Instrumental compositions are encouraged.

Natasha Bendingfield, Ryan Shaw, Fergie, Al Jarreau, Bob Weir, Lamont Dozier, Matt Pinfield, Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, Jesse Harris, The Black Eyed Peas, The Bacon Brothers and Ken Komisar are all members of our Executive Committee of Judges.

Winners will receive Studio Equipment from Roland, Edirol, Godin Guitars, and Audio Technica, Propellerhead, Ableton and Sibelius, 1,000 CDs in full color with premium 6-panel Digipaks courtesy of Discmakers, an Apple iPod Shuffle and gift certificates from One entrant from the ROCK or POP genre, will be chosen to TOUR and PERFORM for one week on Warped Tour 2010, receive a Crate Half Stack and Ampeg Bass head/Cab Set, and a Homepage Feature on! One Lennon Award winning song will be named "Maxell Song of the Year" and will take home an additional $20,000 in cash courtesy of the Maxell Corporation, an Apple G5 Power Mac, Cinema Display a Mackie Mixer and Studio Monitors, Logic Pro software, and a $250 Gift certificate, for each band member, to Digital Media Academy, at a participating university.

If you are not already a Broadjam member the submission process is easy:
1. Register with Broadjam
2. Upload your songs and lyrics
3. Submit your payment


  • The Urgency - 2006 Rock Finalist: The Urgency has signed with Mercury/Island Def Jam Records and is currently recording a full length with David Bendeth (Paramore, Hawthorne Heights) at The House of Loud in NJ.
  • Tally Hall - 2005 Pop GPW - Signed to Atlantic Records in 2008 - Tally Hall is an American Indie-Rock band formed in December 2002 based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The band released their major label debut record, Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum, on April 1st, 2008
  • Quietdrive - 2003 Rock GPW, The pop punk band based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota released their debut album When All That's Left Is You on May 30, 2006 on Epic Records. As of April 2008, Quietdrive has parted with Epic Records and released their newest album, titled Deliverance, on October 14, 2008 with the Militia Group.
  • Sean Hosein, Dane Deviller - 2001 Pop GPW - The duo, under the writing team name called Banana Toouns, has crafted and/or produced hits for: Jessica Simpson, Kelly Rowland, Amy Grant, Stacie Orrico, 98 Degrees, The Corrs, Gloria Gaynor, as well as Laura Pausini. Hosein and DeViller’s works have earned numerous worldwide Gold and Platinum awards and have amassed international sales in excess of 35 million albums. Hosein and DeViller also founded Shred Records.
  • Keaton Simons - 2007 Folk Finalist. Signed to CBS Records in 2007. The Los Angeles, California Singer-songwriter's new album Here Me Now is now out! His unique brand of bluesy, soulful rock has been featured in film and television multiple times.
  • Echovalve - 2004 Rock GPW - Signed to Rock Ridge Music in 2006. The Atlanta, GA Rock band just released their major label debut record, entitled helloagaingoodbye and is currently touring in support.
  • Crazy Anglos - 2005 Rock GPW – Signed to Atlantic Records in 2006. The nu metal/rapcore band from Marietta, Georgia, United States are currently working on a new record.
  • DEXTER FREEBISH - 1999 Pop Winner - Signed to Capitol Records in 2000. The Austin, Texas based band released one record on Capitol, before parting ways and pursing their goals independently. Their songs have been featured in several video games, mostly in the famous video game label, Electronic Arts, like "Ghosts" in Tiger Woods 2004, "Save Me" featured in Superman Retuns, and both "Falling Down" and "Life of Saturdays" in NHL 2004. Their song "Pretty People" was also re-recorded in Simlish for Maxis-Electronic Arts game The Sims 2: University.
  • Peter Cincotti - 2006 Jazz GPW - Signed to Warner Brother Records. The New York, NY singer, songwriter, and pianist's latest work, East of Angel Town, features all original works by the artist and is scheduled to be released January 13th, 2009 in the USA

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      Maxell Song of the Year

      • $20,000 courtesy of Maxell Corporation
      • An Apple computer and Cinema Display, a Mackie Mixer and Studio Monitors , Logic Pro software
      • A $1000 scholarship to Digital Media Academy at a participating university

      12 Lennon Award Winners Receive

      • $1000 in Mackie, Ampeg, or Crate Products
      • 1000 custom CDs of your music, printed in full color 6 panel digipaks courtesy of Disc Makers worth $1990

      24 Grand Prize Winners Receive

      • $5,000 in Project Studio Equipment from Roland/Edirol, Audio-Technica, Godin Guitars, Propellerhead, Ableton and Sibelius
      • $500 Gift Certificates from
      • Apple iPod Shuffle

      72 Finalists will Recieve

      • $100 Gift Certificates from
      • Apple iPod Shuffle
      • Sibelius 4

      Warped Tour Prize

      • 1 band will be chosen to TOUR and PERFORM for one week on Warped Tour 2010 AND will receive a Crate Half Stack and Ampeg Head and Cabinet Set (Make and Model TBD), along with a feature on the homepage of

      Submissions Fee

      Important Dates

      Session 1 - Open
      Open - January 15, 2009
      Deadline - June 15, 2009
      Winner Announcement - September 1, 2009
      12 Grand Prize Winners (one in each category) and 36 Finalists (three in each category)

      Session 2 - Open
      Open - June 16, 2009
      Deadline - December 15, 2009
      Winner Announcement - March 1, 2010
      12 Grand Prize Winners (one in each category) and 36 Finalists (three in each category)


      2009 Rules & Regulations

      1.Each song submitted must be contestant's original work. Songs may not exceed five (5) minutes in length. Songs may have multiple co-writers, but please designate one name only on the application. Contestant may submit as many songs in as many categories as he/she wishes, but each entry requires a separate cassette, CD, or MP3 file, entry form, lyric sheet, and entrance fee. One check or money order for multiple entries/categories is permitted. (Entrance fee is non-refundable. JLSC is not responsible for late, lost, damaged, misdirected, postage due, stolen, or misappropriated entries. The JLSC is not responsible for faulty file uploads accompanying online entries.)

      2.The John Lennon Songwriting Contest is conducting 2 separate Contests during 2009 - Session I and Session II. Twelve (12) Grand Prize winning songs from each Session (one from each category) will receive $5,000 in project studio equipment from Roland/Edirol/Boss, Ableton, Sibelius, Audio-Technica, Godin and Propellerhead, and a $500 gift certificate from The 12 Grand Prize Winners in each Session will go head-to-head in an online voting competition to become the Lennon Award Winner in their respective category. The 12 Lennon Award Winners will receive $1000 in Mackie, Ampeg, and Crate products, and 1,000 CDs in full color, premium 6-panel Digipaks, worth $1,990 courtesy of Disc Makers. Thirty-six (36) Finalists from each Session will receive $100 gift certificates from and an Apple iPod Shuffle. One (1) Lennon Award winning song will receive an Apple computer and Cinema Display, a Mackie Mixer and Studio Monitors , Logic Pro software, and a $1000 scholarship to Digital Media Academy at a participating university, a Mackie Mixer and Studio Monitors, $250 Gift Certficates, for each band member, to Digital Media Academy, and $20,000 for the "Song of the Year" courtesy of Maxell.

      3.Contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters. Employees of JLSC, their families, subsidiaries, and affiliates are not eligible.

      4.Winners will be chosen by a select panel of judges comprised of noted songwriters, producers, and music industry professionals. Songs will be judged based on melody, composition, originality and lyrics (when applicable). The quality of performance and production will not be considered. Prizes will be awarded jointly to all authors of any song; division of prizes is responsibility of winners. Void where prohibited. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. The JLSC reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value.

      5.One (1) band will be selected by WARPED TOUR ‘09 organizers to tour and perform for one week on WARPED TOUR 2010 and will receive a full Crate and Ampeg Backline, and a homepage feature of Performance of the song will be considered for this special prize.

      6.Winners will be notified by mail and must sign and return an affidavit of eligibility/recording rights/publicity release within 14 days of notification date. The affidavit will state that winner's song is original work and he/she holds all rights to song. Failure to sign and return such affidavit within 14 days or provision of false/inaccurate information therein will result in immediate disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected. Affidavits for winners under 18 years of age at time of award must be countersigned by parent or legal guardian. Affidavits subject to verification by JLSC and its agents. Entry constitutes permission to use winner’s names, likenesses, and voices for future advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation.

      7.CDs, cassettes, and lyrics will not be returned.

      8.Winner Announcements: Session I announced on September 1, 2009, Session II announced on March 1, 2010. Announcements will be posted on The Maxell "Song of the Year" will be announced by July, 2010. For more information contact

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