How to Win During the 5 in 5 Song Challenge – Prizes and Submission Guidelines


Sarah Spencer

Songwriting Contest | The 5 in 5 Song Challenge, now with prizes!

If you haven’t signed up to participate in the challenge yet, you can save your seat here:

Here are some common questions and answers about the 5 in 5 Song Challenge, and it’s accompanying contest:

What is the 5 in 5 Song Challenge?

The 5 in 5 Song Challenge is a free songwriting boot camp, where songwriters are challenged to write 5 finished songs in 5 days. Songwriters of any level can participate. It’s a great way to fight perfectionism, get creative, and practice your craft.

Each day for 5 days, I’ll post a prompt inside the private Facebook group. Then, it’s up to the participating songwriters to write a song to that prompt, and come back and share it with the group.

Sharing is optional, but it’s a great way to ask for feedback and push past your inner critic. You can sign up for the challenge here (it’s free!):

We also have a contest portion of the challenge, for those who want to push themselves and win cool prizes.

What are the prizes?

5 Daily winners

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

1 Grand Prize Winner

For the the best song out of the whole session, one grand 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: we can link to your music and projects, and share your winning song if you’d like.

Do I have to enter the contest to participate in the challenge?

Nope. You can certainly just enjoy pushing yourself as a writer by participating in the challenge without entering the contest! To participate without entering the contest, simply post your song to the group feed at any time. Here’s what that looks like:

This is what posting to the general group feed looks like.

This is what posting to the general group feed looks like.

How do I enter the contest portion?

First of all, you’ll want to make sure you’re all signed up for the challenge. You can sign up here:

Once you’re in and the challenge has started, follow these critical steps:

  1. When your song is finished, come back to the Facebook group
  2. Find the post with that day’s prompt
  3. Leave a comment on the daily prompt with a link to your song

Really, 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 prompts look like, and where to leave your link:

Here's where to submit your song to the contest.

Here’s where to submit your song to the contest.

Can I enter multiple times?

You betchya! Feel free to throw all your songs in, or just your favorites. You can enter any day of the week.

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 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’re part of the Facebook group, and 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.

Sign me up! How do I participate in the Challenge and Contest?

Use the sign up for below, or on this page.

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Sarah Spencer

Sarah Spencer is an award winning singer/songwriter based in Nashville, TN.

Born in the Sunshine State, Sarah Spencer writes vibrant, shining americana/pop music. She works in Nashville TN as a singer/songwriter, as well as a UX designer for a marketing firm.

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