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Young Songwriter Competition 2022

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In its 12th year The Young Songwriter 2022 (SAYS22) competition is the world’s leading songwriting competition for young aspiring songwriters to get their songs heard by leaders in the industry & connect to a talented tribe of young songwriters aged 8-18 across the world.  Both aspiring young songwriters who already have some experience, and those writing their first song!

The Young Songwriter competition stands for the craft and art of songwriting in its purest form, enabling young songwriters to aspire to the very best melody, lyric, structure, concept, harmony, mood and impact a song can have. It inspires young people to think about and speak up about things that are important to them personally, in their community and in the wider world and get their voices heard. It’s a supportive community where young people feel brave and can express themselves, celebrate individuality and be themselves. The benefits from this unique community are far reaching, especially the positive boost to mental health.

Please send an email to with any questions about The Young Songwriter 2022 competition.


Entry Requirements

  • It costs £10 to enter a song (to cover judging and admin costs).
  • Have ready your song lyrics and an mp3 file of your song (file size under 10MB)
  • Submit your entry form.
  • Songs must be under 4.5 minutes long.  There are many exclusive opportunities available for Young Songwriter 2022 entrants during the competition period.


  • Open for entries on 1st February 2022
  • Entries close on 31st March 2022 at midnight GMT
  • Top 30 finalists announced on 26th April 2022
  • Top 10 finalists announced on 6th May 2022
  • Top 3 finalists announced on 13th June 2022
  • Live Showcase on Saturday 25th June 2022 with announcement of winners
  • Release of The Young Songwriter 2022 album in July 2022

Judging Criteria

  • Lyrics: Demonstrates both technical and artistic competency, highlighting emerging originality. Material is imaginative and technically accomplished with rhyme, meter & creative language.
  • Melody: Compliments the chord progression and other surrounding musical characteristics. Melodic content demonstrates variety by using range, rhythm and pitch effectively. Demonstrates the ability to write functional harmonic progressions that complement the melodic content. The melody is memorable.
  • Chords/Instrumental: Harmonic progressions are balanced and provide a sufficient amount of interest throughout the song in relation to the other musical components.