The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual, high-profile songwriting event that gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes to 68 winners, including $25,000 cash to the Grand Prize winner. And, they've just announced an extension of their deadline to November 4.
Renowned for its judges, this year's panel includes Imagine Dragons, Duran Duran, Tom Waits, Nas, Florida Georgia Line, Garbage, Bernie Taupin, Foster the People, Joshua Redman, Martina McBride, Bruce Hornsby, Keane and many more. If anyone is thinking such competitions are cheesy or beneath them, Kimbra Johnson, who you may know as the female vocalist in Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" certainly wasn't shy about entering and winning in 2012. And she recently toured the US as a solo act, in addition to appearing with Gotye.
Depending on the category, submissions are judged on the following criteria:
- Lyrics (excludes songs that do not have lyrics)
- Overall likeability
Some categories may have additional criteria. Production/Recording quality and vocal ability are not criteria, so if you're shy about your singing, go for it anyway.
There is a category for just about everyone, including AAA (Adult Album Alternative), Adult Contemporary (AC), Americana, Blues, Children's Music, Comedy/Novelty, Country, Dance/Electronica, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Gospel/Christian, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin Music, Lyrics Only, Music Video, Performance, Pop/Top 40, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Teen, World Music, and Unsigned Only. Entrants may submit as many songs as they wish - in the same category or in multiple categories.
The extended deadline for submissions is Nov. 4th. Go to http://songwritingcompetition.com for more info and to enter. You can still see last year's winners until the new winners are announced.