Enter Our Songwriting Contest

    “Ain’t no chance if you dont take it”, Guy Clark

    The Rocky Mountain Songwriting Contest is uniquely designed to offer  opportunities for
    songwriters to get your song heard.

    We want to give songwriters a chance to have their music heard. We’re believers in creativity, chasing dreams and getting the chance to pursue your passion. We know it takes courage, conviction and passion to pursue your music drams and find your purpose.

    We are currently accepting a hundred (100) songs to be judged by some of Nashville’s best hit writers and music professionals. The twenty (20) best written songs and their writers will perform their song live on stage during the Red Lodge Songwriter Festival on Saturday June 25, 2022. The Songwriting Showcase is hosted at the Historic Roman Theater on Saturday, June 25, 9 am – 12 pm and open to the public.

    The top two songwriters will open for the Hit Songwriters on Saturday night and the three runner-ups will play in a round on Saturday afternoon along with last years winner. 

    We will be accepting song submissions beginning December 1, 2021 and ending May 1, 2022. The finalists will be notified on May 15, 2022.

    Why enter the 2022 Rocky Mountain Songwriting Contest?

    • You’ll have opportunities to be recognized as a finalist and possibly the Grand Prize Winner of the Red Lodge Songwriting Contest Showcase, and invited back in 2023 as a paid Rising Star songwriter.
    • You’ll have the opportunity to get your songs heard and evaluated by Nashville music-industry professionals.
    • You’ll have the opportunity to advance your songwriting abilities.
    • You’ll have the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience at the Songwriting Contest Showcase.
    • Your song(s) will be posted on our Red Lodge Songwriter Festival website.
    • Five of last years showcase finalists were invited to play as Rising Stars at the 2022 festivals.

    1) PRIZES

    • This year’s grand prize winner will receive a Recording King  Series 11 Dreadnought Guitar.
    • The grand prize winner will also receive an invitation to perform at the 7th Annual Red Lodge Songwriter Festival in 2023 as a paid Rising Star Songwriter.
    • The grand prize and 2nd place songwriter will have the opportunity open the show before the Nashville Hit Songwriters on Saturday, June 25, 2022.
    • 3rd, 4th and 5th place songwriters will play in the round with last years winner on, Saturday afternoon, June 25, 2022 before a live audience.


    • The contest is open to songwriters who are 18 years of age or older on the date of song submission.
    • For the purposes of the competition, a song must have both lyrics and music. All submitted songs must be original songs that have been written or co-written by the entrant(s).
    • For competition purposes, an unpublished song is defined as being recorded and self-released by the entrant(s) and/or not co-published by a commercially active music publisher.
    • Co-writers are subject to the same eligibility criteria.
    • Past grand prize winners of the Red Lodge Songwriting Contest are not eligible to enter the contest. All other previous entrants and finalists are eligible.
    • Artists from anywhere in the world are eligible to enter.


    The finalists will be selected from their mp3 audio submissions by a panel of judges. A total of twenty (20) finalists will be selected and invited to the Rocky Mountain Songwriter Festival Contest Showcase.  Each finalist will perform their submitted songs to a panel of music industry judges.


    • The finals are held in Red Lodge Montana on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at the Historic Roman Theater in conjunction with the 6th Annual Red Lodge Songwriter Festival.
    • The top twenty (20) finalists songwriters will be notified by May 15, 2022
    • Twenty (20) finalists will be selected from advance online song entries, and invited to compete, network and perform at the showcase.
    •  From the showcase performance, judges will  select an overall winner and places two through five.
    • The grand prize and 2nd place songwriter will have the opportunity open the show before the Nashville Hit Songwriters on Saturday, June 25, 2022.
    • Places 3rd through 5th will play on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm before a live audience.

    5) JUDGING 

    Judges for our songwriting contest are music industry professionals. Our judges use a consistent set of standards which the judges use to make impartial decisions as to the merits of the song. We strive to make sure that the judging is fair and follows our mission of supporting and encouraging songwriters.


    • The song has a clear theme or cohesive idea
    • The song has clearly identifiable sections, verse, melody & chorus.
    • The song is between 2 to 5 minutes


    • The lyrics evoke an emotional response from the listener
    • The lyrics are singable and memorable
    • The lyrics have an identifiable rhyme scheme or pattern


    • The music and melody adds to the emotional impact of the song
    • The music keeps the listener interested and engaged
    • The music and lyrics fit together in a cohesive way


    • The song expresses the theme in a new or fresh way
    • The song is memorable
    • The song has commercial potential


    • Per Song:  $20


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    • Each entry must be an original, unpublished musical composition (“composition”) for which the contestant retains the copyright and authority to submit and perform the composition in the contest. Payment for each composition entered in the contest must be made at the time of submission. Rocky Mountain Songwriter Festivals Inc. is not responsible and disclaims any liability for late, lost, damaged, misdirected, postage due, stolen, or misappropriated entries or for any errors in online submissions, including, but not limited to unsuccessful file uploads. Materials submitted will not be returned and Red Lodge Songwriter Festival Inc. reserves the right to dispose of all submitted material in any manner.
    • All songs will be posted on our website
    • We will accept song submissions beginning December 1, 2021 and ending May 1st, 2022.


    • Songs must be submitted electronically in a mp3 file format with lyrics sheet in pdf format. Email songs and lyrics to info@redlodgesongwriterfestival.org
    • Song must be paid for in advance sing our online payment portal.
    • Songs will be posted on our website once we’ve received payment. You can make your payment by clicking the button below.
    • Email any questions or requests for for information to: info@redlodgesongwriterfestival.org


    • The top twenty (20) finalists songwriters will be notified by May 15, 2022
    • Selected finalists will be notified by email and each winner must provide the following items to be eligible to compete in the Rocky Mountain Songwriting Contest Showcase:

    Rocky Mountain Songwriter Festivals Inc. retains the exclusive right to use in perpetuity any media inclusive of ancillary rights created in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Songwriter Festival Inc. including but not limited to; live recordings, video, webisodes, and photographs. Participants grant Rocky Mountain Songwriter Festival Inc. the use of this archival material in perpetuity.


    • Entries must be original songs.
    • The song MUST be performed by the song contest entrant. Songs that have been recorded with more than one backing musician can be submitted — for example, sending in a cut from a CD with multiple players. But remember, should you advance and perform live, you will only be allowed one backing musician on stage. This accompanist may play an instrument(s) and/or sing backup.
    • Co-written songs may be submitted, but the person who enters the song must be the one who is the lead singer of the tune.
    • IMPORTANT POINT: Though co-writers will be acknowledged, only the performer of the song can qualify to win a prize.
    • The writer(s) retains all rights to submitted songs.

    You may be asking why I should enter these types of contests. Simply, contests provide opportunities. For a small fee you gain access to thousands of potential fans, other music professionals and festival bookers. Their facebook pages, websites and live audiences provide you access to fans you may never reach otherwise. In the case of the Rocky Mountain Songwriter Festivals we invite the winner to come back and play as a paid songwriter at one of our festivals the following year, in addition, many of our paid Rising Star songwriters were first introduced to us through our songwriting contest.

    At any given festival 20-30 songwriters perform at paid shows and open mics. This is your opportunity to network and interact with other great songwriters. We hope you’ll experience our festival in the coming years.

    We can’t wait to hear your song(s)!!! 


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