We are thrilled to announce the launch of the 2nd Words And Music Festival Song Contest.

The judges for the second year running are BBC6 Music presenter Chris Hawkins, renowned producer Nigel Stonier and internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Thea Gilmore.

The Contest is once again open to all ages and embraces any genre of music.

As from 10am Monday July 16, its game on and we are waiting to receive your songs!

Last year we received nearly 100 entries and the winner went on to receive extensive national airplay on many shows, and its writer is playing major festivals this year as a result of the songs success.


Entries must be submitted no later than Friday, 21 September 2018.
Entry fees are £10.00 per song.
The results will be announced Monday, 1 October 2018.
Full entry instructions provided after check out.
Enter the 2018 Words & Music Songwriting Contest today!



  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. 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

  • Send one email per song entry. We cannot accept multiple entries on the same email.
  • We cannot accept entries that don’t include the Paypal Transaction ID.
  • Send your entry laid out as above to:


  1. International entries from all countries are welcome. There are no limitations on age or nationality.
  2. Songs should consist of the contestant’s own work and should not infringe any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties.
  3. Entrants must carefully check audio files before entry. It is the entrants responsibility to check that submitted recordings and files are playing correctly before submitting their work. If faulty non playing recordings are submitted, the entry will be marked void by the judges and there will be no refund.
  4. Entries MUST be laid out as requested in the entry instructions. If any of the information is incomplete or missing, the entry will be marked void by the judges and there will be no refund.
  5. No changes may be made to song entries or to entrants details after submission. This includes changes to song title, category, writer’s name, audio file, written lyrics and all and any other changes including the email contact address. If a change is required the entrant must contact Words And Music Festival to cancel the original entry, re enter the song again with the correct details and pay another entry fee.
  6. Contestants may enter as many songs as they wish and there is no limit on the number of songs that may be entered. Entry fee is non-refundable.
  7. Songs are judged based on composition. The quality of performance, vocals and production is not a consideration.
  8. All prizes are non-transferable and will be awarded to the first name as it appears on the entry form. In the case of co-writers the fair division and distribution of prizes among writers is the responsibility of the winners. Responsibility for the fulfilment and delivery of first prize resides with the relevant partner and sponsor and Words And Music Festival shall take no part in any disputes therein arising. Words And Music Festival reserves the right in its sole discretion to substitute any and all prizes with prizes of comparable value.
  9. It is the entrants responsibility to provide correct contact details when entering the contest and to ensure that they can receive emails from the contest. Prizes and emails will be sent to the contact email address supplied on entry. If the contestant does not see or receive prizes or notifications or emails because they provided an incorrect email address, or because they failed to check their spam folder, or because their email account is over limit, or because they have a spam blocking system in place that requires verification from the sender, or because they failed to check their emails, or for any other reason, Words and Music Festival will bear no responsibility or liability.
  10. The contest’s obligations to entrants are to judge each song, publish the results online, list the winning writers and the winning songs and oversee the allocation of the winners’ prizes and no other services are provided or implied. The contest does not supply or offer individual critiques of songs entered.
  11. Entry in the Words and Music Festival Songwriting Contest constitutes permission to use winners’ names, likenesses, recordings, videos and voices for promotional and publicity purposes on Words and Music Festivals own websites and on other third party websites and in publicity and promotional materials and press releases. This permission can be withdrawn by the entrant at any time upon written request.
  12. Entrants retain full song ownership rights and all copyrights to all songs submitted. Entering the contest does not in any way affect the writers’ ownership of their songs.
  13. Songs may have multiple co-writers. All co-writers’ names should be entered on the entry form. Co-writers names should be separated by a slash and space (eg: first writer / second writer / third writer) to ensure that names appear correctly online.
  14. The entry fee covers the administration costs involved in receiving and processing each entry and preparing each entry for the judging panels and is non-refundable.
  15. The top 3 entries will be offered the opportunity to perform their song at the Words & Music Festival 2018. All costs relating to said performance including, but not limited to, travel and transportation, accommodation fees, equipment hire, personnel and management shall be borne by the entrant. Words and Music festival will not be liable for any direct costs or associated costs relating to the performance.
  16. The judges decisions are final and binding and entrants agree by entering the contest to accept and abide by the judges decisions. The competition reserves the right in its sole discretion to change or substitute Judges at any time BEFORE the closing date of the competition. There shall be no substitutions once the competition closes for reasons of impartiality and fairness except in the case of force majeur.
  17. By participating in the contest entrants agree to be bound by these rules and by any subsequent published revisions of these rules and by the decisions of Words And Music Festival which are final in all matters relating to the contest.


  • First prize is a day recording the winning song at Airtight – the Chorlton 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


Nantwich Town Council
Quill Power Communications
Enzo Nantwich
Red Fred Creative
Airtight Studis
Nantwich Hearing Centre
The White Horse