Aims of the competition
Lichfield Arts Song Writing Competition aims to support, encourage and develop new folk song writing talent.
For purposes of the competition, Lichfield Arts defines ‘folk’ in the widest sense of the genre, encompassing both traditional and contemporary styles.
Songs shortlisted for the final will be performed at Lichfield Festival of Folk (L2F) on 15 October, where awards will be made for the overall winner, and a separate award for the winner in the Under-19 category.
- Cash prizes of £150 for Best Overall Song, and £50 for Best Song in the Under-19 category
- Recording studio facilities to record the Best Overall Song, and the Best Song in the Under-19 category
- All finalists will be invited to attend a Mentoring Workshop led by the internationally acclaimed John Tams
Entry to the Lichfield Arts Song Writing Competition is open to anyone resident in the UK.
Entrants may submit a maximum of 2 songs for the competition, with a maximum duration of 5 minutes for each song.
Entry to the competition is £5.00 per song for entrants 19 years or older on 1 Sept 2017, and free to entrants aged 18 or under on that date.
Songs will be judged on their compositional merit, not on their performance.
A condition of entry is that if shortlisted, songs will be performed on stage at the Lichfield Festival of Folk on 15 October, by either the songwriter or their representative(s).
The closing date for entries will be 30 June 2017.
The Competition Rules are available to download as a .pdf file HERE, which include important additional information for entrants. By participating in the competition entrants agree to be bound by these rules.
To enter, please use the form on the right completing all the fields marked with *. Once you have submitted your entry you will be able to pay your entry fee securely using either a PayPal© account or your credit/debit card.
You can also enter the competition by post by downloading an entry form, then sending your completed form along with your entry fee and a copy of your song on CD or memory stick to:
Donegal House, Bore Street,
Staffordshire WS13 6LU
Download Entry Form Here
The shortlisted finalists for the competition will be notified by 31 July, 2017. They will then need to confirm acceptance of the competition arrangements for the song to be performed at L2F on 15 October (see Competition Rules for further details)
If a shortlisted songwriter does not personally wish to perform their song, and is unable to find representatives to do so on their behalf, Lichfield Arts will aim to find local musicians to perform their song.
A live recording will be made of the performed shortlisted songs at L2F, and this will be promoted by Lichfield Arts on their websites.