2018 John Lennon Songwriting Contest (SESSION - II)

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The John Lennon Songwriting Contest (JLSC) will be awarding over $300,000 in cash and prizes for a total of 72 Finalists, 24 Grand Prize Winners, 12 Lennon Award Winners, and 1 OWC $20,000 Song of the Year.

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.

Entry fees help support The Lennon Bus non-profit. 

The Opportunity

2018 Executive Committee of Judges Includes: George Clinton, Natasha Bedingfield, 311, Switchfoot, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jimmy Cliff, Sheila E., Bob Weir, Bootsy Collins, American Authors

Past Sonicbids Grand Prize Winners Include: Megan Trainor, American Authors, Gaby Moreno, Olivia Millerschin, Red Letter Day, Linney, Command Sisters, Mog, Brian Swartz, Kate Rowe, Michael Rosso, Robyn Landis and Larry Murante, Jaffa Road, House of Echo, LittleHorse, Kate Schutt, Kevin Jack, Bettina Schelker, Thaddeus Rex, Cooper and Bounds, Carmen Calhoun.

The Band

  • 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

The Gig


  • Professional recording is not required for submitting (see above judging criteria) 
Additional Compensation Details:
  • 1 Song of the Year winner will receive $20,000 in cash along with other prizes
  • Other winners will receive:  OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual 20TB, Focusrite Clarett 8Pre Interface, 1000 cd’s in digi with mega bundle and 100 posters from Disc Makers, König & Meyer Stand Package – Microphone stand w/ Pop Killer + iPad/Tablet Holder
  • Plus 12 Lennon Award Winners, 24 Grand Prize Winners, and 72 Finalists. Full list of prizes available here.


  • Compensation Amount: Up to $20,000.00

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