Session I - CLOSED
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 - OPEN
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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The John Lennon Songwriting Contest presents LOVE.

New York, NY (April 1, 2019) - Jae Jin of Wolftown, VA, U.S.A. has been selected as the winner of the annual John Lennon Songwriting Contest LOVE competition with his original soulful, yet upbeat pop ballad "11:11." As the LOVE contest winner, Jae will take home prizing courtesy of Audio-Technica, Yamaha, Neutrik, Genelec, K&M, Focusrite and more.

Session I, 2019 of the year-round contest is currently open and accepting entries until June 15th. A total of over $300,000 in cash awards and prizes will be distributed this year by the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, which is open to both amateur and professional songwriters. Visit JLSC.COM for more information about the contest and to enter for your chance to become the next $20,000 'Song of the Year' winner. Entry fees from the contest help support the non-profit John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.


Full Prize Package:
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones
Audio-Technica System 10 Mic
Copperpeace Love Guitar Strap
Focusrite Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite (AAX/AU/VST)
Genelec 8010 monitors with carry case
K&M E-Guitar Stand 17540
K&M Microphone Stand 26010-300-55
Mackie DL16S Wireless Digital Mixer
(2) Neutrik custom John Lennon Educational Tour Bus cables
OWC Mercury On-the-go Pro 1TB Hard Drive
OWC USB-C Travel Dock
Propellerhead Reason
Sonicbids Annual Membership
Yamaha PAC012DLX OVS Electric Guitar
Yamaha PSRE263 Keyboard & SKD2 Survival Kit


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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