Wash In Ur Sin – Daya Red

This song is striking with a sophisticated simplicity. It builds beautifully, oozing a cool authenticity. The passion in the vocal juxtaposes with the effortless feel to the writing. The singer demonstrates a fabulous vocal range and dexterity and gives the feeling of something special. The judges were unanimous in naming this the winning song.


Be Your Friends – Will Hedges

With a catchy hook and great lyrics, this song is choc full of nifty moves. The strong, driving guitars give the song a killer start, reminiscent of LCD Soundsystem and Soulwax. The judges were unanimous in their love of the song but felt a more euphoric chorus would have given the song the extra something it feels like it needs. This band have a potentially exciting future.


Air Miles – Greg Soney

Instantly catchy with a strong lyrics and fun feel, this song is riddled with great ideas. The judges heard neat, West Coast rap influences and shades of Smashmouth – combining in a cute way. From a purist perspective, the strength of this song may come as much in the smart, glossy production as the all important writing.


Where Did The Night Go – Greg Poole

Really strong start to the song. Nice dreamy feel about the music. Can imagine this going down very well live and with the right producer, this could be very sharp. Effortless sounding vocals. Has an ease and a sway to the melody that creates a very strong mood.

Dear Heart  – Laura Kidd

A beautiful piece of writing. Never quite lands where you expect it to which is compelling. Very strong, melodic chorus. Kept at least one of the judges humming it all day.

She’s Gone – Jamie Holmes

Lovely use of lyrical rhythm in the verses juxtaposed with a languid, soaring chorus taking the song to a different level.

Dying Day – Daya Red

Brilliant use of drama and passion in both the writing and delivery. Chorus is particularly strong with a complete, writerly understanding of song motion and narrative voice.

Panic Attack – Terence F. McKenna

A song that that draws you in from the first chord. Brilliant use of repetition in the chorus means you feel like you know the song from the first listen. Will be looking out for more from this artist. This was a very, very strong contender and caused a few arguments among the judging panel!

The Quiet Storm – Anthony Taffe

Lovely, hypnotic, troubling song. Some strong ideas in the lyrics supported by a trance-like melody.



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  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