Song Writing Contest


     2020 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 or Mr. C. Willhite by Friday, March 13.

  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 until Friday, March 13.


Winners: Cash prizes ($30, $20, $10) will be awarded for the top three entries. With contestant permission, video performances of the top 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 3 to March 13, 2020

  • 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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