L2F Song Writing Competition 2021 – Its Back!!! And its time to send in your entries.


We took a break last year during the uncertainty that was 2020. But with the return of the L2F – The Lichfield Festival of Folk, we are looking forward to getting back to hearing and supporting new song writing.

The competition is open to anyone who has an as yet unpublished, self-penned song, that broadly fits into the global folk tradition (and that’s a pretty broad tradition).

As befits a “return to a new normal”, we’ve made some slight changes to this year’s competition format, but the essential ingredients remain the same. There are no cash prizes (now that’s very “new normal”) but 10 of the entrants will be invited to perform their song at our Folk Farm Festival Picnic in September, and 4 of those will be invited to the L2F Festival weekend to perform their song at one of the concerts taking place.

L2F is proud of its continuing commitment to new writing, and the competition is aimed at identifying and promoting song writing. This means that our judges are concentrating on the quality of the song writing not the production values. So, if you have a song in you and you want to share it with a wider audience go to (whererever the entry form rules and ways of paying stuff are) and join the L2F Song Writing competition.

Entry fee is £5.00 for a maximum of 2 songs. (Songs should not be more than 5 minutes long).

Format of entries – We are asking that entries are sent electronically (be it an MP3 file, A link to Youtube, Soundcloud or some other platform).

Good Luck!

Song Writing Competition Rules

Full Competition Rules

1) Entry to the Lichfield Arts Song Writing Competition is open to anyone resident in the UK.

2) Song entries will be in the Folk genre (‘folk’ being defined in the widest sense, encompassing both traditional and contemporary styles).

3) Songs should consist of the contestant’s own work and should not infringe any copyrights or any other rights of third parties.

4) Songs may have multiple co-writers, and all co-writers’ names and ages should be entered on the entry form

5) Entrants may submit a maximum of 2 songs for the competition, with a maximum song duration of 5 minutes for each song.

6) Entry to the competition is £5.00 per entrant. (Note that entry fees will be used to fund the Folk on the Farm event, and promotion of the competition.)

7) Submitted songs should not have been commercially released, or be planned for release before L2F 2021.

8) Entries can be made via any common recorded medium (e.g. mp3, cd, wav file, sound cloud, etc.) Entrants must check audio files and links before entry to ensure they play correctly.

9) Lichfield Arts will not be able to return ‘hard’ submissions (CDs, Memory Sticks, etc.), nor will the judges give feedback to songs which are not shortlisted.

10)Songs will be judged based on composition. The quality of performance, vocals and production is not taken into consideration

11)Entrants will be shortlisted during the summer of 2021, and the shortlisted finalists will be invited to perform their song(s) at the Folk in the Farm event in September, witht he date fo this event to be confirmed. Following the Folk in the Park event, four songs will be selected for performance at the Lichfield Festival of Folk (L2F) on 21-23 October.

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a) Entrants will need to agree that if shortlisted, their song will be performed on stage at the Folk in the Park event, by either the songwriter or their representative(s)

b) Entrants will need to agree that if their song is selected as one of the 4 winners, their song will be performed on stage at L2F (Lichfield Festival of Folk) on 21-23 October

c) In order to manage the events for shortlisted entries, there will be a maximum of 5 performers for each song and performers should be prepared, within reason, to ‘plug and play’.

d) The whole performance should be performed live (i.e. not with a reliance on backing tracks).

13)Entrants should understand that a live recording of shortlisted songs may be made at the Folk in the Park event, and L2F 2021, and will be subsequently promoted on the Lichfield Arts website.. Entry in the competition constitutes permission to use shortlisted entrants’ names, likenesses, recordings and videos for promotion and publicity purposes a) Entrants retain full song ownership rights and all copyrights to songs submitted.

14)The judges’ decisions are final and binding, and entrants agree by entering the competition to accept and abide by the judges decisions.

15) All entrants under the age of 18 will need to have their entry endorsed by a parent or guardian.

16) By participating in the contest entrants agree to be bound by these rules and any subsequent published revisions of these rules and by the decisions of Lichfield Arts which are final in all matters relating to the contest.