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Vol. 22, No. 5


San Diego Songwriters Guild to Hold Annual Songwriting Contest

October 2012


SDSG’s 21st Annual Song Contest will be held Monday, November 5, 2012 at the Country Inn & Suites in Sorrento Valley. The contest is a popular tradition for San Diego writers, and offers a unique opportunity to hear a tremendous cross section of local work. Prize winners are to be selected by a panel of industry professionals in this exciting event on November 7, during which song entries recorded on CD are played for both judges and audience to hear. Songs will be heard, winners will be announced, and prizes awarded on this jam packed night, an exciting prospect indeed. If you are a songwriter, or a producer or artist looking for some new material, please come to Country Inn & Suites,5975 Lusk Boulevard, San Diego 92121 on November 5!

Ways to Enter (mail-in deadline has passed)

1) Submit Online
Entry Fees: Submit submission fee of $10 for each song. (limit 2)

Provide Song Information: Once your fee is accepted, you will be directed to an information form. This form will allow your to enter your contact information, song lyrics, and upload your an MP3 of your song.

Deadline for online submission: is 3:00pm Sunday, November 4th, 2012

2) Submit At Event
Registration: Registration will start at 6:00pm at the Country Inn & Suites. Come early to allow for processing time. Walk in submission will close at 7:00pm

Entry Form: Completed and signed Entry Form, photocopy is OK. One form per song entered. (limit 2)

Audio CD: Each song must be submitted on its own individual CD. You must indicate the track number of each song submitted on CD.

Lyric Sheets: 5 copies of typed lyric sheets Sheets are not required for instrumental compositions. Performer’s/songwriter’s names must not appear on lyric sheets. Entries will be number coded to assure impartiality in judging.

Entry fees: $15 per song for active members and $20 per song for non-members. Payment to be in U.S. Dollars. Payments may be by check, cash or money order. (Limited numbers of entrants may be accepted)

Go to entry page for online entry link or printable entry forms!
Visit the Membership page to apply or renew your membership!

Prizes donated by San Diego Songwriter’s Guild sponsors will be awarded to the top four songs, plus honorable mentions.

San Diego Songwriter’s Guild Song Contest Rules
Song entries will be judged by a committee consisting of industry professionals and songwriters. Judges will score entries on five criteria: lyrics, melody, form, originality and presentation. All styles of music are eligible, but instrumentals will receive no lyric score.

Each entry must be the contestant’s original work.

Contestants and their collaborators retain all rights to works submitted, but entries will not be returned by SDSG.

Contest is open to amateur songwriters, meaning one who has not been employed as a staff writer for a publishing company, who is not being paid for such services, and/or who has not received more than $2,500 in song royalty income within the past year. No song previously recorded and released through major national distribution in any country is eligible.

Past Grand Prize (Platinum) winners of the San Diego Songwriter’s Guild Song Contest are not eligible to enter the contest. All other previous entrants are eligible.

The contest is open to songwriters who are 18 years of age or older on the date of entry submission. Any entrant who is a minor in his or her jurisdiction of legal residence must submit written permission from his or her parent or legal guardian to participate in the contest.

Entrants (or a representative) must be present at the awards presentation on November 5, 2012 to win. Entrants who are not present or personally represented at the awards presentation will be disqualified from consideration for prizes and awards.

Prize winning songs from prior SDSG Song Contests may not be entered. This does not include songs from SDSG Performing Songwriters contests.
Prizes for this year’s contest have yet to be determined. Check out prizes from prior years at our website Note: many of the prizes are “San Diego” based and can only be redeemed in San Diego stores, offices, and studios.
Winners are responsible for division of prizes and taxes.

No more than 70 entries will be accepted.

A maximum of two of entries will be accepted per writer. Co-writes count proportionately toward this total. (For example: an entry with two writers counts as 1/2 of one entry for each writer.) SDSG reserves the right to limit entries further.

Entries that violate these rules may be disqualified, and submitted fees will not be returned. All judges’ decisions are final.

SDSG is not responsible for late, lost, damaged, misdirected, postage due, stolen, or misappropriated entries.

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