2019 BHS Songwriting Contest

Song Contest

    2019 BHS

Songwriting Contest


This contest will be sponsored jointly by the Wordsmiths of Berlin writing club and the BHS music department.

What: Students (either individually or with a partner) submit an original song of their creation.  Songs must contain lyrics; musical accompaniment is recommended, but not required.

TO BE ENTERED: The following three elements must be shared

   with Mr. Reise by Friday, March 22.

  1. Copy of the lyrics

  2. Recorded performance of the song (either video or audio)

  3. A one to two-page essay (or video-taped discussion) explaining the songwriting process (inspirations, difficulties, word choices, themes, collaborations, etc.)

All three submission components will factor into the submission scoring.

Who:  The contest is open to any Berlin High School student

OR student pair.

When: Submissions will be accepted from Feb. 25 to March 22.


Winners: Cash prizes ($30, $20, $10) will be awarded for the top three entries. With contestant permission, video performances of the top three songs will be posted on the school website.

Basic Contest Requirements

  • School appropriate lyrics / theme

  • 1 to 5 minutes in length

  • Individual or partner submissions (only one submission per person)

  • Musical accompaniment encouraged, but not required

  • Open to all genres of music

  • Open for submissions from February 25 to March 22, 2019

  • The formal judges for the contest will include staff from both the English and Music departments.

  • Song recording may be performed by an artist or group other than the writer(s)

    • One singing artist may perform more than one contestants’ entries.

Although a good performance can help to effectively display the intended song, this is a songWRITING contest rather than a singing competition. Entries are judged on the merit of the song rather than the singing performance.

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