Past Winners

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.

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2011 Song of the Year

Dean “DL” Leeson

New York, NY (July 31, 2012) --- Australia native, Dean “DL” Leeson has been announced the winner of the coveted “Song of the Year” of the 15th annual John Lennon Songwriting Contest for his original composition, “Until Today.” DL will be awarded $20,000, in addition to a ton of other prizes he's already taken home.

DL is the JLSC's first Hip Hop Song of the Year Winner and when we asked him what his goals were as a songwriter he had this to say:

“ continually grow and get better at what I do. I've been writing for about 15 years...I want to be able to share the music I make with everyone for a number of reasons. Mainly, I want them to be able to relate to the stores, to understand the music I make and the art of Hip Hop.”

A total of over $275,000 in cash and prizes will be distributed this year by the year-round contest open to both amateur and professional songwriters. Visit to listen to DL's winning song, download his photo and enter the current contest.




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