St. Alban’s Song Writing Contest

Submit your entry by May 10th for your chance to win $100!

Contestant Rules:

  1. Contestants must a member(s) of the Club and attending any of the Club’s sites.
  2. Contestants must be 12-25 year of age.
  3. The songs can be written, recorded and mastered by an individual or a group
  4. Each individual or group can submit a maximum of 2 songs.

The Song:

  1. Must be original.
  2. Must have vocal and instrumental components.
  3. Can be in any genre or style.
  4. Should be a maximum of 4 min in length.
  5. Should be in English.
  6. Must not contain any sampling.
  7. Must not contain obscene or offensive lyrics.

How To Enter

  1. Complete the entry form and submit it along with your song on a memory key or CD.
  2. Please name your file including your first name and the title of the song.
  3. All entries are due by 5:00pm on Thursday May 10th. Late entries will not be considered.


  1. Judging will be done by a panel of St. Alban’s alumni and board members selected by the Club.
  2. All decisions of the judges will be final.
  3. Any songs that do not adhere to the rules will be disqualified.


  1. The competition will open to submissions on April 1, 2018.
  2. The competition will close to submissions at 5:00 PM on May 10, 2018.
  3. The prize will be awarded at Street Jam 2.0 to be held between 2:00 and 6:00 PM on Saturday, June 2, 2018.


  1. The prize for the winning song will be $100.
  2. If the winning song is entered by a group, the prize will be divided evenly amongst the members of the group.
  3. The top 3 winning songs will be featured on the Club’s website. The top 3 winners will be asked to perform their songs at Street Jam 2.0 on June 2, 2018. (Performance is not mandatory.)

 Judging Criteria:

  1. Originality (20%)
    1. How original is the song idea?
    2. How fresh is the approach?
    3. Would it stand out from others with similar themes?
  2. Appeal (30%)
    1.  Is the song memorable?
    2. Are the lyrics, melody, harmony and/or rhythm infectious?
    3. Is there a strong lyrical or instrumental hook?
    4. Is the hook effectively placed for impact?
  3. Focus (30%)
    1. Is there a story, characters – are they consistent, do they progress?
    2. Do the verses set up the chorus?
    3. Does the chorus conclude?
    4. Are the lyrics compact and concisely written?
  4. Form (10%)
    1. Is there consistent structure (verse and if applicable, chorus) placement?
    2. Phrasing/Cadence (10%)
    3. Do the melody/lyrics sing/play well?