L2F Songwriting Competition

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 Sunday 20th October, where awards will be made for the overall winner, and a separate award for the winner in the Under-19 category.

Prizes include:

  • 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
  • All finalists will be invited to attend a song writing masterclass led by the internationally acclaimed John Tams

Entry Information

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 2019, 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 20th October, by either the songwriter or their representative(s)

The closing date for entries will be 23 September 2019.

A full list of competition rules is available to download as a .pdf file HERE, which includes 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:

Lichfield Arts
Donegal House, Bore Street,
Staffordshire WS13 6LU

Download Entry Form Here

Finalist Information

The shortlisted finalists for the competition will be notified during September 2019.

They will then need to confirm acceptance of the competition arrangements for the song to be performed at L2F on 21st 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.

Entry Form

Your details

About your song(s)

Your songs

Please enter the titles of your song(s) below and provide a link to where we can listen to them, this could be YouTube / Facebook / Soundcloud / Dropbox etc. Or alternatively see details on the left of this page for different ways to submit your song.

Co-writers details (if applicable):

For all entrants aged under 18 you must provide contact details of parent/guardian:

By participating in the contest I agree to be bound by the rules of the competition and any subsequent published revisions of these rules, and by the decisions of Lichfield Arts which are final in all matters relating to the contest.