Lismore Young Songwriters Competition

Unveiling extraordinary talent in regional Australia

The Lismore Young Songwriters Competition gives regional young songwriters a chance to kick-start their careers through access to mentors and professional development. Prizes include professional studio recording time, professional film clips and photography, and professional quality equipment. The competition provide professional development workshops in areas including composition, song writing and performance as well as giving young songwriters the chance to meet and engage with other emerging young artists.

A stepping stone for regional young songwriters into the exciting and competitive world of music.

The Competition was established in 2010. During eight iterations, it has created a fervent following with young performers and local established musicians alike; and created strong linkages with local and national organisations to provide opportunities for talented young people in regional Australia.

Entry into this year’s event

Entries are NOW OPEN for the 2018 Young Songwriters Competition. Entry is free and is open to all Northern Rivers residents aged 12-25 years.  Better get cracking with that songwriting though – you have until 5pm on 26th March to submit your entry.

How do I enter?

All you need to do is fill out an Entry Form, along with a Parental Consent Form if you are under 16 years old, and include your song as an MP3, the song lyrics in a Word Doc, a Bio and an artists photo. Be sure to read the Terms and Conditions of Entry too!

Email them off to [email protected] before 5pm on 26th March. We will be in touch within a week to let you know if you made it to the Finals! 

The Finals Showcase

This year, our finalists will battle it out at Southern Cross University’s flagship performance and production facility – Studio One29 at 6pm on Friday 13 April. Guest judges include Diana Anaid and Marcus Schintler from Weddings, Parties, Anything.

What are the entry categories?

  • Jazz / Soul / Funk
  • Punk / Metal
  • Urban / Electronic / Hip Hop
  • Folk / Country / Blues
  • Pop / Rock / Indie

There will also be special prizes for: Best Male and Best Female Artists and a People’s Choice Award.

Great prizes to win include:

  • Paid gigs at Crankfest and the Lismore Lantern Festival
  • RØDE professional microphones and Studio Kit
  • A professional photoshoot by Natsky
  • Fully mastered track recordings from Rockinghorse Studios; SAE Creative Media Institute Byron Bay and Southern Cross University
  • Free entry to to APRA AMCOS songwriters workshops at Southern Cross University
  • Free entry to NCAIE 2018 Dolphin Awards
  • A professional photoshoot by Natsky
  • Fully mastered track recordings from Rockinghorse Studios; SAE Creative Media Institute Byron Bay and Southern Cross University
  • Tickets to Paul Capsis show at NORPA

BIG THANKS to our Sponsors

A free Competition like this wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of sponsors and partners. We’d like to send a HUGE thanks to the following organisations.


If you have any questions, you can contact Deb Hall on 02 66201800, you can email [email protected] or you can follow us on Facebook.

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