Rules and Guidelines

Entrants to the Hollywood Songwriting Contest agree to abide by the rules of the contest upon submission of their application for entry. All contestants agree to the following:

To begin the online submission process, click here.

The Hollywood Songwriting Contest is an unrestricted competition for all songwriters. Entries must be submitted through

  • All age groups qualify for entry to the contest. TEEN categories have additional age requirements of 1) entrants must be under 18 years old at the time of entry, and 2) minors must have the permission of their parent or legal guardian to enter.
  • Do not submit with your entry any additional marketing material. This includes album art, testimonials, celebrity endorsements, online links or any other material attempting to back your entry with anything other than the quality of the songwriting.
  • All songs, music and lyrics must be original compositions and be credited solely as the work of the creator listed in the entry form. Entries in violation of any copyright laws, trademarks, intellectual property rights or basic ethical standards of amateur or professional songwriting will be disqualified immediately and without notice. In all cases, The Hollywood Songwriting Contest shall in no way be held liable for any such legal action that results from the submission of unlawful or stolen submissions.
  • Once materials are submitted, no revisions or alterations to the entry will be allowed or accepted. Entrants may submit multiple songs under the following conditions: Each song must be submitted with its own separate registration form and entry fee. Submissions of the same song must be entered under separate categories.
  • All creators of any song submitted must be listed in the entry process. Up to four (4) creators may be listed with only a single entry fee required. The primary contact should be the spokesperson for the group and should be the only person who completes the entry form information. All other decisions of division of cash and rewards are left to the discretion of the individual contestants and their agreements among themselves.
  • Songs uploaded through FilmFreeway must be in one of the following formats: MP3, WAV. All lyrics must be uploaded in one of the following file types: .pdf, .txt, .rtf.
  • Songs entries or contestants that have current or pending contracts placed on them at the time of their submission cannot be entered into the Unsigned Category.
  • We DO NOT own the rights to any submitted material. In all cases, all rights to submitted songs and lyrics are retained by their original creator(s). The Hollywood Songwriting Contest will not reproduce any submission for sale or profit.
  • All Contestants grant the Hollywood Songwriting Contest the right to include any submission in a promotional manner on website(s) associated with HSC for marketing purposes only.
  • It is acknowledged that similar beats, notes, sounds, lyrics or other song elements may be demonstrated in more than one submission and/or in current developments by the contest Judges. Any overlap of these or similar elements do not entitle any entrant to any compensation or credit.
  • Employees of HSC including directors, producers, contractors, agents and their immediate families are ineligible to participate in this contest. Any such submission will be immediately invalidated. In addition, this contest is VOID WHERE PROHIBITED or restricted by any Federal, State or Local law.
  • The Hollywood Songwriting Contest holds the right to extend entry cut-off dates and/or change submission fees. Individual entries fees are final upon registration and payment and will not be altered for that submission.
  • Winners will be announced on on this website and via email blasts to industry professionals. HSC will make no effort to inform non-winners of contest results through any direct means. Winners will be informed directly through email or phone. HSC is not responsible for any Federal, State or Local Taxes or international customs costs. Once the submission process is completed and the entry is finalized there are no refunds for the entry fee.
  • By entering your work to the Hollywood Songwriting Contest, your agree to indemnify and hold us, our employees, officers, agents, shareholders, affiliates, and partners harmless from any and all claims, liability, loss or damage arising out of submitting your project into consideration and or competition to the Hollywood Songwriting Contest.
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