Lyric Writing Contest


We Are Listening has brought together the music industry’s finest professionals, from major label publishers to multi-platinum selling songwriters, to form the most distinguished lyric writing contest panel of judges for the Lyric Writer Awards, a lyrics-only international lyric writing contest that awards writers with career-building prizes. Judges include Scott Gunter, Creative Director at Universal Music Publishing in Nashville; Chris Farren, CEO, and Chris Van Belkom, Creative Director, at Combustion Music Publishing in Nashville; Hiten Bharadia, CEO of Phrased Differently Music Publishing in London; Henry Gaffney and Pat Pattison, songwriting and lyric writing professors at Berklee College of Music in Boston; and award winning professional songwriters, Kyler England and Andrea Stolpe in Los Angeles.

Drawing from the expertise of these judges and We Are Listening’s staff of savvy music promoters, the Lyric Writer Awards is the leading lyrics-only international lyric writing contest for lyricists aspiring to make a full-time living from writing words for music.

Lyric writing contest submissions must be original works and may submitted as the product of more than one writer (i.e. “co-authorship” or “co-write”), however, the entrants are responsible for the fair division of prizes, which may be in the form of a publishing proposal or co-writing agreement. We Are Listening will only accept English-language submissions.


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