IMPORTANT UPDATES (as of March 23, 2020):

Because of the ongoing situation in the U.S. and around the world, we have made some changes for the benefit of songwriters who want to be included in this year’s Songwriters Search:
1) The contest deadline has been extended to May 29, 2020. All entries must be postmarked by May 29.
2) The ‘early bird’ discount (details below) will be extended to ALL entries received by the May 29 deadline.
3) Winners will be announced and notified in July. Exact dates for this are TBD, and we will update this page when they are finalized.

Enter the 2020 SINGING NEWS SONGWRITERS SEARCH to showcase your skills and compete for amazing prizes, including the chance to have your song recorded and performed live by 11th Hour!

Click here to download the OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM.
Click here to download the CONTEST RULES.
Click here to download an INFO SHEET (answers to frequently asked questions).

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

This contest is open to non-professional songwriters only. A non-professional songwriter is defined as one who has never had an original song on the Singing News Top 40 chart, and who is not currently under an exclusive contract with a publishing company.

If you fit those criteria, you are invited to submit your original song(s) that you think best fits the style of 11th Hour!

PRIZES:

ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE WINNER WILL RECEIVE:
• A one-song publishing deal with Crossroads Music Publishing for their winning song.
• The winning song will be recorded by 11th Hour.
• The winning song will be performed at the 2020 Singing News Fan Awards show on the main stage of the 2020 National Quartet Convention (NQC).
• A 3-night stay (1 room/4 people) at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort during the 2020 NQC.

ONE (1) SECOND PLACE WINNER WILL RECEIVE:
• A one-song publishing deal with Crossroads Music Publishing for their winning song.

The GRAND PRIZE WINNER, 2ND PLACE WINNER, and FIVE (5) RUNNERS-UP WILL ALL RECEIVE:
• A one-year paid subscription (or a one-year extension) to Singing News Magazine.
• Included in a feature story on the contest winners in Singing News Magazine.
• Included in a web article posted on SingingNews.com.

DEADLINES and ENTRY FEES:

THE FINAL DEADLINE IS MAY 29, 2020. All entries must be postmarked by May 29, 2020, or they will be returned.

The Early Bird discount has been extended to ALL entries received by the deadline. Fees are as shown:

1. Entry fee without song critique –  $39
2. Entry with song critique* –  $59
*Entrants who select the ‘with song critique’ option will receive written feedback on their song from a member of the judging panel.

Click here to download the OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM.
Click here to download the CONTEST RULES.

JUDGES:

The 2020 SINGING NEWS SONGWRITERS SEARCH will be judged by the following Gospel music industry professionals: Amber Lynn Saunders (11th Hour), Greg Bentley (Crossroads Music), Kenna Turner West (Dove Award-winning songwriter), Jaquita Lindsey (11th Hour), Jeff Collins (Crossroads Music), and Scotty Inman (Triumphant Quartet).

For questions, email Deb Patterson at [email protected]

The 2020 Singing News Songwriters Search is sponsored by Singing News Magazine, Singing News Radio, and Crossroads Music Group.