This contest is now closed and currently not accepting submissions.

Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry to the 2014 CREATE Songwriter Competition presented by CCM Magazine and TodaysChristianMusic.com! Check out these awesome links related to THIS contest:
> Online Showcase: FREE song downloads from contestants!
> Posted entries: Streaming audio from contest entries!
> See who our amazing contest judges were! Seriously, you need to check this page out!
> "The results are in!" Official contest announcement on CCMMagazine.com

CreateSongwriter.com Staff


  1. Does my song have to be professionally recorded? No, you can even just sing your song a cappella into a cell phone or any recording device and upload/send on a CD. As long as we can make out the melody and lyrics are sent.
  2. Can I enter more than one song? Yes, you may enter multiple songs to show a variety of talent and styles of songwriting. A separate entry form (if mailing-in an entry), lyric sheet and payment must be included with each song.
  3. Can I enter more than one category? Does not apply. This particular contest (CCM Magazine/TodaysChristianMusic.com CREATE Songwriter competition) does not have multiple categories.
  4. Do I have to choose a category? Does not apply. This particular contest (CCM Magazine/TodaysChristianMusic.com CREATE Songwriter competition) does not have multiple categories.
  5. Is there an age limit? Yes, you must be 13 years of age or older.
  6. What if I am a professional? Everyone qualifies unless you have a current staff writing position with another publisher.
  7. What is the deadline? The Early deadline is October 15, 2014 by 11:59 pm (mailed entries postmarked by 10/15/14) and the final deadline is December 17, 2014 by 11:59 pm (mailed entries postmarked by 12/17/14).
  8. What is a critique? A critique is an extra service. If you pay extra for a critique, you will receive a written form from one of the judges, giving their expert feedback on your song.
  9. What is a posting? If you pay extra for a posting, your song will be uploaded on the CreateSongwriter.com contest website after the contest is over for extra exposure. CCMMagazine.com & TodaysChristianMusic.com, and our social networking outlets will continue to drive traffic to your postings.
  10. Do I have to pay for a critique or posting to enter the contest? No, you do not have to pay for a critique or posting to enter the contest, just the entry fee is required. Upgrading your entry with a critique, posting, or other add-on services will NOT affect the performance of your entry in the official contest and has no bearing on the judging process.
  11. What about this “Online Showcase” thing? You may choose to enter your song into our Online Showcase which will feature your submission as a free download at CreateSongwriter.com and offer you maximum exposure through dedicated promotional efforts from Singing News.
  12. Will I receive payment or royalties for downloads of my song(s) in the Online Showcase? No. By officially entering the contest and choosing to offer your song as a free download you waive the right to collect any compensation for your music via this particular outlet. This is merely for promotional purposes and to give your artistry exposure through the extension of our audiences.
    1. HOWEVER: If you are our GRAND PRIZE winner and have your entry recorded by our Featured Artist (Mark Schultz), standard songwriter royalty rates apply for the sale of the song and you will earn your share of royalties for either being the principle songwriter or co-writer.
  13. Why is there an entry fee? Entry fees go toward keeping Christian radio on the air.
  14. When will the winner be announced? The winner will be announced December 23, 2014.
  15. Do you have to submit a particular style of music? Although this contest is targeted to the Contemporary Christian Music audience, any style/genre is acceptable – show us what you’ve got!
  16. Do I have to sing my own song? No, this is a song writing competition so anyone can sing your song for you. It is the lyrics and melody that will be judged.


If you have additional questions, please send an email to contests@salempublishing.com or call 615.312.4244, follow the prompts, and someone will return your call or get in touch with you via your preferred method as soon as possible.