songwriting competition


To mark our 10th festival – and in conjunction with the famous Airtight Studios, Manchester – we are proud to announce the first Words & Music Songwriting Contest.  

  • First prize is a day recording the winning song at Airtight - the Charlton based studio where a host of stars including Badly Drawn Boy, KT Tunstall, I Am Kloot, Paul Weller to name a few, have all recorded or mixed. This day will include full production services by internationally acclaimed producer Nigel Stonier and a team of musicians if required.
  • The top three entries will have the opportunity to perform at the festival in Nantwich in October.
  • Two runners up will each receive a £50 cash prize.

The competition will be judged by a panel chaired by Chris Hawkins, BBC6 Music morning presenter. The panel will be also include top 40 singer/songwriter Thea Gilmore and producer/songwriter Nigel Stonier who are co-directors of the festival.  

  • Entries must be submitted no later than Monday, 11 September 2017.
  • Entry fees are £10.00 per song.  
  • The results will be announced Monday, 25 September 2017.

Full entry instructions provided after check out.  Terms And Conditions here.


Instructions to enter the 2017 Words & Music Festival Songwriting contest:

  1. Click link to purchase entry - one entry per song (you may purchase as many entries as you like).
  2. Make a note of your Paypal Transaction ID. This will be sent via Paypal to the email address used in purchase.
  3. Attach your entry in MP3 format (no other format will be accepted) to an e-mail.
  4. Send one email per song entry. We cannot accept multiple entries on the same email.
  5. We cannot accept entries that don’t include the Paypal Transaction ID. 
  6. Click the Return to Merchant button after purchase for further instructions so that you can complete your entry. 
  7. Send your entry as laid out below to the address provided at checkout.

Please layout your entry email as follows:

  • Full name(s) of (all) songwriter(s)
  • Email address
  • Date Of Birth
  • Paypal Unique Transaction ID
  • Name of song
  • Lyrics to song
  • Mp3 


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