The John Lennon Songwriting Contest

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Introduction The John Lennon Songwriting Contest is an international songwriting contest that began in 1997. The Contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters who submit entries in any one of 12 categories: Rock, Country, Jazz, Pop, World, Rhythm & Blues, Hip Hop, Gospel/Inspirational, Latin, Electronic, Folk, and Children's. The JLSC is open year-round and features two Sessions, resulting in a total of 72 Finalists, 24 Grand Prize Winners, 12 Lennon Award Winners and 1 Song of the Year. You don't need a professional recording. Entries will be judged on originality, melody, composition, and lyrics (when applicable). Instrumental compositions are encouraged. Lamont Dozier, Bob Weir, Matt Pinfield, Jesse Harris, Natasha Bedingfield, Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas, The Bacon Brothers, Ken Komisar, The Veronicas, and Ryan Shaw are some of the members of our Executive Committee of Judges.