Session I - CLOSED
Open -
January 17, 2022
Deadline - June 15, 2022 - 11:59PM PST
Winner Announcement -
September 1, 2022
12 Grand Prize Winners (one in each category) and 36 Finalists (three in each category)

Session II - OPEN
Open -
June 16, 2022
Deadline - December 31, 2022 - 11:59PM PST
Winner Announcement -
March 1, 2023
12 Grand Prize Winners (one in each category) and 36 Finalists (three in each category)

2022 Lennon Awards
Winner Announcement -

May 1, 2023

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.

2022 Song of the Year
Winner Announcement -

July, 2023
The 12 Lennon Award Winners will compete for the Song of the Year and $20,000.

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The John Lennon Songwriting Contest presents:
Songs about FAMILY

It's that time of year, so let’s hear the songs inspired by your family. About going home, or maybe staying away. About hope, promise, loss and reunion.

They’ve inspired us and driven us crazy. Mothers, Fathers, Step-parents, Grandparents, Sons, Daughters, In-Laws, Sisters, Brothers, Cousins, Aunts, and of course the Uncles.

Whether connected by blood, marriage, friendship, or other ties, these relationships are complicated, warm, loving, nuclear, broken, extended, and sometimes infuriating.

The human condition.

We Are Family, Papa Don’t Preach, Father And Son, Mother, Cat’s in the Cradle, Hey Jude

The Songs about FAMILY entry deadline is SUNDAY night at 11:59pm PST.
All entries will also compete in Session II of the 2022 contest. 1 Song = 2 ways to win! CLICK HERE TO ENTER.

The winner will be announced on Monday. Follow @lennonbus on Instagram and turn on notifications to be the first to know who won! Winner info will also be posted on Twitter and Facebook. The winning songwriter will be contacted personally.

You could win from the following Songs about FAMILY prizes:

  • Epiphone guitars
  • Genelec 8010A monitors
  • Audio-Technica wireless headphones
  • Reason+ (1 year membership)
  • Neutrik Special Edition "John Lennon Educational Tour Bus" instrument cable
  • OWC USB-C Travel Dock
  • and more


Each entry requires the following elements:
One Song five (5) minutes or less (mp3, CD or cassette)
A lyric sheet -- no lyrics necessary for instrumental compositions
A payment -- $30.00 per entry
A completed application

Read the Rules & Regulations carefully before entering.


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