Singer Songwriter Competition 2021

Attention Singer Songwriters!

Enter The Acorn's 9th annual Singer Songwriter Competition for cash prizes and performing opportunities!  Judges will select finalists from entries received by the Tuesday June 15 deadline.  The top 6 will perform in the Finals at The Acorn on Friday, July 16.  More info and a link to the Entry Form are below.


Singer Songwriter Competition Entry Guidelines 2021

Important Dates
  • Tuesday, June 15 @ 11 PM ET. Submission Deadline (any entries after the deadline will not be considered)
  • Tuesday, June 22. Notification to Finalists
  • Friday, July 16. Finals. Check in for finalists TBD. Event start time is 7 PM ET / 6 PM CT
Submission Fees
  • 3 songs $25
  • Preferred - Online (credit card) Acorn Singer Songwriter Competition
  • By check: Make check payable to The Acorn and mail to The Acorn, P.O. Box 395, Three Oaks, MI 49128. If you are paying by check, please include a separate sheet with the name of the participant, email, song titles and a phone number where you can be reached. Once we receive the check, you will receive a confirmation via email.

  • Video entries only.
  • Each song must have accompanying lyric sheets with song title and songwriter's name on each song.
  • Video performances should be as close to "live" as possible.
  • Video and audio quality need to be good enough for judges to conduct informed evaluations. Make sure we can see you and hear you!
  • Video format options: mp4 download, smartphone video, YouTube link, or Vimeo link. If your file size is too big, we recommend you upload to Google Drive
  • Submissions can include up to 3 people.
  • Preferred format for video and lyric sheet entries is to paste links in the online entry form. (Use links from a cloud such as Dropbox, Box or Google Drive. PLEASE NO WE TRANSFER FILES. We accept YouTube links for performance videos as well. Please do NOT copy/paste your lyrics into the Google Form.) If you are having trouble, you can email your lyrics to songwriter@acornlive.org. Include TITLE, NAME OF SONGWRITER
    How It Works
  • 6 semi-finalists are chosen from the pool of submissions. Those 6 semi-finalists compete at the Singer Songwriter Finals, Friday July 16th, 8 PM ET, in front of of three prestigious judges and Acorn patrons.
  • During the first round, each finalist plays their winning entry. The panel then narrows down to 3 Top Finalists.
  • The top 3 picks from the first round perform a second original song of their choosing. The audience votes on the winner and runner-up.

  • Prizes
  • First place $1000 Second place $250 Third place $100
  • All finalists will also receive an audio recording of their performance at The Acorn.
  • Finalists are considered for other Acorn shows and recommended for other area events.

  • Contest Rules
  • Submit 3 songs.
  • Entrants can have up to 3 people performing in their group.
  • Travel to The Acorn is the responsibility of the performers.
  • Previous 1st place winners in The Acorn Singer Songwriter Competition are not eligible to compete for five years.

  • Questions? Email songwriter@acornlive.org

Please read our FAQ's for more info or if you have any questions!