2024 Session I - CLOSED
Open -
February 15, 2024
Deadline - June 30, 2024 - 11:59pm PST
Winner Announcement -
September 1, 2024
12 Grand Prize Winners (one in each category) and 36 Finalists (three in each category)

2024 Session II - OPEN
Open -
July 1, 2024
Deadline - December 31, 2024 - 11:59pm PST
Winner Announcement -
March 1, 2025
12 Grand Prize Winners (one in each category) and 36 Finalists (three in each category)

2023 Lennon Awards
Winner Announcement -

May 1, 2024

Grand Prize Winners of Session I and Session II will compete head-to-head in an online voting battle to become the Lennon Award Winner in their respective category.

2023 Song of the Year
Winner Announcement -

July, 2024
One of the 12 Lennon Award Winners will win Song of the Year and $20,000.

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About the Contest

▶︎ In honor of John Lennon,The John Lennon Songwriting Contest is an international songwriting contest that began in 1997 to give songwriters an opportunity to express themselves, gain recognition, and get their music heard. The JLSC is made possible by Yoko Ono Lennon.

▶︎ 12 Categories - Rock, Pop, Hip-Hop, Country, Jazz, R&B, Children's, Folk, World, Latin, Electronic and Gospel/Inspirational.
72 Finalists, 24 Grand Prize Winners, 12 Lennon Award Winners, and 1 "Song of the Year." Click here for a complete list of PRIZES.

▶︎You don't need a professional recording. Entries will be judged on originality, melody, composition, and lyrics (when applicable).

Imagine what popular music might be like today without the influence of John Lennon and The Beatles.

▶︎ George Clinton, Prince Royce, 311, and Flea are some of the members on our Executive Committee of Judges.
Meet the Judges

▶︎ Proceeds from the contest help support the non-profit John Lennon Educational Tour Bus mobile recording studio which is dedicated to providing young people with opportunities to create original music and digital media.


Each entry requires the following elements:
One song, five (5) minutes or less, uploaded in MP3 or AAC format (12MB or less)
A lyric sheet -- no lyrics necessary for instrumental compositions
A payment -- $30.00 per song

Read the Rules & Regulations carefully before entering.


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