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Entry Requirements:

  • Original song, five minutes or less
  • Lyric sheet—no lyrics necessary for instrumental compositions
  • A payment– $30.00 Per song
  • A completed application

Rules and Regulations:

  1. Each song submitted must be contestant’s original work. Songs may not exceed five (5) minutes in length. Songs may have multiple co-writers, but please designate one name only on the application. Contestant may submit as many songs in as many categories as he/she wishes, but each entry requires a separate cassette, CD, or MP3 file, entry form, lyrics, and entrance fee. One check or money order for multiple entries/categories is permitted. (Entrance fee is non-refundable. The JLSC is not responsible for faulty file uploads accompanying online entries.)
  2. Contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters. Employees of JLSC, their families, subsidiaries, and affiliates are not eligible.
  3. Winners will be chosen by a select panel of judges comprised of noted songwriters, producers, and music industry professionals. Songs will be judged based on melody, composition, originality and lyrics (when applicable). The quality of performance and production will not be considered. Prizes will be awarded jointly to all authors of any song; division of prizes is responsibility of winners. Void where prohibited. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. The JLSC reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value.
  4. Winner announcement will be on August 26, 2014. Announcements will be sent to the email address provided by the entrants and will also be posted on and, on other notification will be given.


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