2022 Requirements for the WCS International Song Contest


PLEASE take the time to read the rules and regulations carefully for the West Coast Songwriters International Song Contest. If you have any questions regarding the contest or any other matter related to entering, please contact us via email at info@westcoastsongwriters.org.

Each Entry must include the following: 

  • When entering your song you are agreeing to the rules and regulations below.
  • Yours attached song five (5) minutes or less in length.
  • Your lyric pasted into the body of your email  (please include English translation, if applicable) with each entry. Lead Sheets not required for instrumental compositions.  List your name, the song title and the category you are entering your song into. You must select a category. If not sure, check "Miscellaneous/Other." Also list your tee shirt size in case you win a prize.
  •  $20.00 per song entered


  1. Each song submitted must be contestant’s original work. Songs may not exceed five (5) minutes in length. Contestants and/or their co-writers cannot be signed to a major label record company or have distribution through major label or its affiliates. Songs that are self-released through streaming and other commercial sites are eligible. Songs may have multiple co-writers, but please designate one name only on the entry form. Co-writers should be listed on your lyric sheet or otherwisenoted in the body of your email if the song is an instrumental. Contestant may submit as many songs in as many categories as they wish, but each entry requires a separate entry, lyric and entrance fee. Entrance fee is non-refundable. WCS is not responsible for late,  or misdirected entries.)

Artists entering the West Coast Songwriters (WCS) International Song Contest 2022 have the chance to win an impressive array of prizes.  Deadline APRIL 30TH 2022

Prizes Include:  

GRAND PRIZE: $250 Gift Card from Sweetwater

For Performing Songwriters - a performance spot at this year's SUNSET CONCERT (priceless) plus 

A year's membership in West Coast Songwriters ($100 Value) [current members will be automatically renewed for an additional year]

2 Conference registration passes ($200 value)

You will also receive 1 hour of one on one coaching with songwriter Andre Pessis ($100 Value) 

and an opportunity to post a video of your song on our Youtube channel as well as a Pro-level membership for Songcraft.io




1 hour of one on one coaching with songwriter Andre Pessis ($100 Value) 

and a Pro-level membership for Songcraft.io


Every Category Winner will receive a WCS Tee Shirt, & Certificate


  1. Categories include:

    Adult Contemporary

    Children's Music
    New Age/Ambient

    *All songwriters entering the YOUTH category must be in the age range of 15-22 All genres of music are accepted in this category. Entering this category will not exclude you from entering other categories.


 There is an “Instrumental” category, but not a “lyric only” category. All songs must be original.  If there are 5 or less songs in a category, the songs will be moved to Miscellaneous. A parent/guardian is required to sign a youth waiver for all contestants under 18 years of age. A winner will be selected from that category.

This Contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters. A parent/guardian required to agree to the entry for entries by songwriters under 18 years of age. Employees of WCS, their families, subsidiaries, and affiliates are not eligible.

Winners will be selected by an Executive Committee comprised of noted singer/songwriters. Past judges and Conference guests include Hit Songwriters and producers Narada Michael Walden, Steve Seskin, Andre Pessis, George Merrill, Bonnie Hayes, and others. Songs will be judged based on melody, composition, and lyrics (when applicable). The quality of performance and production will not be considered. Prizes will be awarded jointly to all authors of any song.

The prize winners will be announced on the front page of our website, via press releases and all social networking tools.

Prizes will be awarded jointly to all authors of any song. Division of prizes is responsibility of winners. Void where prohibited. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply.

Winners will be notified by email and must sign and return an affidavit of eligibility/recording rights/publicity release within 14 days of the notification date. The affidavit will state that winner’s song is original work and s/he holds all rights to song. Failure to sign and return such affidavit within 14 days or provision of false/ inaccurate information will result in immediate disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected. Affidavits subject to verification by WCS and its agents.  Entry constitutes permission to use winners’ names, likenesses, and voices for future advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation but only with respect to the WCS song contest and each winner's selection as a winner.Winners will be determined by June 15th, 2022, after which each participant can request a list of winners by e-mail.