How to Win During the 5 in 5 Song Contest

You may be familiar with the 5 in 5 Songwriting Challenge that we host quarterly here at SongFancy. But you may not know that the challenge also has a contest that runs along side it! The 5 in 5 Songwriting Contest aims to award 5/5 participants for their hard work during challenge week.

The contest is totally optional, but it’s a lovely motivator to keep you writing all week long. Here’s how the contest portion of the 5/5 works:

What are the prizes?


How do I enter?

If you do choose to enter the competition, you can do so during any day of the challenge. Follow these critital steps:

  1. Record a video or audio recording of your song
  2. Upload your video/audio recording on YouTube or SoundCloud. I
  3. Include all lyrics + cowriters in the description.
  4. Submit your song using this form!




Do I have to enter?

Nope. You can certainly just enjoy pushing yourself as a writer by participating in the challenge without entering the contest!

Can I enter multiple songs?

You betchya! Feel free to enter all your songs or just your favorites. You will need to fill out the entry form for each song you want to enter.

How do you pick the winners?

I’ll pick winners based on quality of the song, and how well you utilized the prompt. Recording quality is not a factor. Though the clearer of a recording you can submit, the better I’ll be able to hear the song. :)

When will you announce the winners?

I’ll announce winners in the days following the challenge. I want to carefully consider all submissions, so it may take me a few weeks to do so.

If I miss the announcement, how will I know I’ve won?

I’ll post the winners inside the Facebook group, and reach out to each of you individually. Be sure you’ve signed up with your email address here:

What if I’ve co-written a song and it wins? Will my co-writer win, too?

Yup! You and your cowriter will both win prizes. You’ll each get a copy of the book, and/or each be featured in the interview, and you’ll each get song feedback.

I only write lyrics, can I still enter?

Unfortunately, no. I feel it’s just too much to ask a really great lyric to stand up against a really great song that has lyrics and music. It’s kind of like comparing apples to oranges, and I really feel like my lyricists in the group wind up getting shortchanged. So for the contest, FULL SONG submissions ONLY. Lyricists, feel free to please participate in the challenge – the challenge will help you just as much as any other type of songwriter out there!