It’s time to get composing and rehearsing!

The Lismore Young Songwriters Competition is a National Youth Week event. Now in its ninth year, it has become a much-loved fixture on the local music scene with young and established musicians alike. Pat Davern (Grinspoon) and Diana Anaid were guest judges in 2018.

The Competition gives young songwriters a chance to kick-start their careers through access to mentors and professional development workshops in composition, song writing and performance.

  • The Competition supports talented young songwriters to boost their careers by providing:
  • Links to local mentors and industry engagement;
  • Media coverage generated by the competition;
  • A chance to engage with other emerging young artists;
  • An opportunity to perform their music in front of a live audience; and
  • The potential to win prizes including paid gigs at Crankfest and the Southern Cross University Deck Bar

Past prizes include: professional recording sessions, photo shoots and film clips; professional performance equipment including RØDE microphones; access to professional APRA workshops and passes to Splendour in the Grass.

Past winners include

(click links to watch)

Key information


There are no specific categories this year.
Please state the genre of your song on your lyrics document.

Key dates

  • Entries open: Friday 1 February
  • Entries close: Midnight Monday 25 March
  • Finals night: Friday 12 April


There will be two main prizes this year. They will be announced on this page and on our Facebook Page soon.

How to enter

Entrants must

  • Be resident in the Northern Rivers
  • Be 12-25 years old at the time of entry
  • Have parent or guardian consent to enter if under 16 (all band members under 16 must have individual consent to enter)

Lodging your entry

  • email mp3 recording of your original song, a recent photo, and a word doc with the song lyrics (with genre identified at top) and a short artist biography to [email protected] by midnight on the closing date
  • entry form
  • Parental Consent Form (one required for all entrants under 16)

Main terms and conditions

  • Entry is open to solo acts, duos, trios and bands – please ensure all songwriters’ names are on the entry form
  • Entrants can enter as many songs as they wish in multiple genres
  • Previous entrants including finalists and winners can enter
  • One entry form is required for each song entered

Download the full Terms and Conditions

Please make all enquiries by email [email protected]


  • Social Futures
  • headspace Lismore
  • Southern Cross University
  • Northern Rivers Conservatorium

2019 Sponsors

  • Crankfest
  • Lismore City Council
  • North Coast Entertainment Industry Association
  • RockingHorse Studios

Pictures from last year’s (2018) finals

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