Session I - OPEN
Open -
January, 2019
Deadline - June 15, 2019 - 11:59PM PST
Winner Announcement -
September 1, 2019
12 Grand Prize Winners (one in each category) and 36 Finalists (three in each category)

Session II - CLOSED
Open -
June 16, 2019
Deadline - December 15, 2019 - 11:59PM PST
Winner Announcement -
March 1, 2020
12 Grand Prize Winners (one in each category) and 36 Finalists (three in each category)

12 Lennon Awards
Winner Announcement -

May 1, 2020

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.

Song of the Year
Winner Announcement -

July, 2020
The 12 Lennon Award Winners will compete for the Song of the Year and $20,000.

Awards and Prizes
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Thank you to everyone who entered
in honor of John Lennon's 70th Birthday anniversary,
with their songs of peace, love, political activism, and free expression!

Grand Prize Winner
Receives a new electric Epiphone "Inspired By" John Lennon Casino guitar (MSRP $1665) and GHS Strings

Song:One LifePlay Song
Songwriter: Live How You Live
Hometown: Hamilton, ON Canada

Each receives a Sibelius and Apple iPod Shuffle prize pack

Song:Divine Justice Coming Down”Play Song
Songwriter: The Blues Preachers
Hometown: Sydney, NSW Australia

Song:Everybody Sing”Play Song
Songwriter: David Leask
Hometown: Mississauga, ON Canada

Remember this special opportunity also automatically entered songs into the John Lennon Songwriting Contest's open Session II, 2010 at no additional cost! Winner announcements for Session II, 2010 will be made on March 1st, 2011.

Featuring the biggest prize package to date, totaling over $275,000 in cash and prizes. An international songwriting contest that began in 1997, the John Lennon Songwriting Contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters who submit entries in any one of 12 categories. The JLSC features two Sessions - with 72 Finalists, 24 Grand Prize Winners, 12 Lennon Award Winners and 1 Song of the Year.


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