Session I - CLOSED
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January, 2020
Deadline - June 15, 2020 - 11:59PM PST
Winner Announcement -
September 1, 2020
12 Grand Prize Winners (one in each category) and 36 Finalists (three in each category)

Session II - OPEN
Open -
June 16, 2020
Deadline - December 15, 2020 - 11:59PM PST
Winner Announcement -
March 1, 2021
12 Grand Prize Winners (one in each category) and 36 Finalists (three in each category)

12 Lennon Awards
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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.

2019 Song of the Year
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July, 2020
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 LOVE.

February 14, 2020 (New York, NY) - In its 23rd year, the John Lennon Songwriting Contest created the "Love Songs" Contest, to celebrate Valentine's Day. The JLSC is proud to announce Madeline Finn as the winner for her raw composition "Love Me Like I Love You." The singer/songwriter/guitarist now joins an illustrious list of winners that includes Grammy winner Meghan Trainer who won the Love Song Contest in 2011.
Ironically, and unbeknownst to the Contest, "Love Me Like I Love You" was featured in an article in Alternative Press just yesterday, praising the artist. As she told that publication, "'Love Me Like I Love You' stems out of my own personal experience. It comes from a super-personal place. I had just gotten out of a relationship and was still cohabitating with that partner. One day, I sat down at my little MIDI keyboard and ended up spitting out the first verse. The rest flowed out from there. Music has always been how I cope in difficult situations."
The multi-talented Madeline Finn touches on a wide range of sonic directions in her solo work from sparse folk to meditative piano ballads, twangy rock, and string-laced indie. Originally from Cleveland, she has fronted two bands, the pop-punk-leaning Envoi and Americana-tinged trio Whiskey Hollow. She was also seen on American Idol in 2018. Finn has toured throughout New England, the Pacific Northwest, and her adopted hometown of Nashville. In fact, she will be performing at the legendary Bluebird Café on March 1. Currently, she is working on new solo music mixed by Dave Schiffman (Jimmy Eat World, Weezer, Frank Turner).
Prizes for the John Lennon Songwriting Contest "Love Songs" competition include gifts from Audio-Technica, Copperpeace, Focusrite, Genelec, K&M, Mackie, Neutrik, OWC, Reason Studios, Sonicbids, and Yamaha.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones
Copperpeace Strap
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
Focusrite Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite (AAX/AU/VST)
Genelec Pair of 8010 monitors with carry case
Koenig & Meyer E-Guitar Stand 17540
Koenig & Meyer Microphone Stand 26010-300-55
Mackie Mix12FX 12-Channel Compact Mixer with Effects
Mackie FreePlay LIVE Portable Personal PA with Bluetooth
Mackie Onyx Producer 2-2 USB Audio Interface
(2) Neutrik custom John Lennon Educational Tour Bus cables
OWC Mercury On-the-go Pro 1TB Hard Drive
OWC USB-C Travel Dock
Reason Studios Reason
Sonicbids Sonicbids membership (Gig Seeker Pro)
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.


OWC Yamaha Audio-Technica K&M Genelec Mackie Neutrik Propellerhead Sonicbids NAMM Focusrite Guitar Player Bass Player Electronic Musician Copperpeace