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?

We’ll have 5 Daily winners

The best song from each daily prompt will win a digital copy of “The Beautiful Book of Songwriting Prompts”

We’ll have 1 Grand Prize Winner

For the the best song out of the whole session, one gran prize winner will receive a digital copy of “The Beautiful Book of Songwriting Prompts” as well as a feature interview on! it’s a chance to brag on you and link off to your music, share your winning song, and get you a quality article to show you off. Check out this interview with past winner, Carly Escoto.

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. Include all lyrics + cowriters in the description.
  3. Grab the share link for your song, and come back to the Facebook group
  4. Find the post with that day’s prompt
  5. Leave a comment on the prompt with a LINK to your song

Repeat: Comment on the DAILY PROMPT with a LINK to your song! It’s the only way I won’t miss your submission. No messages, emails, or posts into the group feed will be counted as submissions.

Here’s what the Daily Prompt posts look like:

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How to set up your Contest Submission:


  • If you record a video of yourself playing your song, include ALL your lyrics in the VIDEO’s DESCRIPTION.
  • Also include any cowriters, and the title of the song.
  • Feel free to set the video’s permissions to private, if you like.
  • Share the LINK in the comments of the Daily Post to submit!


  • Include ALL your lyrics in the track’s DESCRIPTION.
  • Also include any cowriters, and the title of the song.
  • Feel free to set the song’s permissions to private, if you like.
  • Share the LINK in the comments of the Daily Post to submit!




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 times?

You betchya! Feel free to throw all your songs in, or just your favorites.

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. :) Please include your lyrics in any recordings or videos you submit!

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 days to a week 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.

I only write lyrics, can I still enter?

Unfortunately, no. I’m chancing this from last session’s contest: I feel it’s just too much to ask a really great lyric to stand up against a really great song that has outstanding 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, MUSIC+LYRIC 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!