2023 Songwriting Competition Rules and Instructions
Registered attendees** may submit one (1) song to the 2023 Hawai'i Songwriting Festival songwriting competition. Please follow the instructions below.
This competition is held in conjunction with the Hawai'i Songwriting Festival and is entirely optional.
**Only registered conference attendees are eligible to submit.
Quality recordings are appreciated, but the entries are judged on the songwriting, not the recording, performance, or presentation of the song. Rough demos are acceptable.
Six to ten finalists will be chosen and announced at the opening ceremony on the first day of the conference (June 8), and must be present at the conference on June 8, 2022 in order to be considered a finalist. They will each perform their song that evening for all the attendees, and a panel of judges (selected staff mentors) will choose 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.
In addition to receiving various prizes from our sponsors, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will perform their winning song in the concert on Saturday night (June 10).
After reading the rules on this page, email your entry (with a lyric sheet) to email@example.com with "2023 Contest Entry" as the subject line.
You may send a mp3 or direct us to a link on SoundCloud, BandCamp, etc.
If you are interested in performing in our showcase at the Blue Dragon Tavern on 6/11/23, indicate so in the body of your email.
DEADLINE is 11:59PM HST on Sunday, June 4, 2023.
Submission information and rules:
**If you do not follow these rules, your entry will not be considered!
Blue Dragon Showcase
Additional Performance Opportunity!
We will be hosting a songwriter showcase at the Blue Dragon Tavern at 6pm on Sunday, June 11 (the day after the 2023 conference ends). Songwriters will be selected to play one (1) song each.
If you will be available to perform on June 11 and would like to be considered, please let us know in the body of the email when you submit your songwriting competition entry. Showcase performers will be selected and notified via email during the conference.