2024 Singer-Songwriter Competition

, 2024 Singer-Songwriter Competition
Deadline for entry is Friday May 17 @ 12pm (noon) ET

Attention Singer-Songwriters!

Enter The Acorn's 12th annual Singer-Songwriter Competition for cash prizes and performing opportunities! The deadline for entry is Friday May 17 @ 12pm (noon) ET. Six Singer-Songwriters will be selected as Finalists to perform on Friday, July 19 at The Acorn in Three Oaks, Michigan. More info and a link to the Entry Form are below.

Acorn Singer-Songwriter Competition Entry Guidelines

Important Dates

  • Friday, May 17 @ 12pm (noon) ET. Submission Deadline (any entries after the deadline will not be considered)
  • Wednesday, June 12. Notification to Finalists
  • Thursday, June 20. Public Announcement of 2024 Finalists
  • Friday, July 19. Finals. Event start time is 7 PM ET / 6 PM CT Check in for finalists TBD.

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.
  • If the entrance fee is cost prohibitive for you, please reach out to songwriter@acornlive.org for financial assistance.


  • 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 three 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

  • Submissions are evaluated on song structure, lyrics, musicality, overall appeal, and the ability of the performer to sustain a full length show.
  • The top six finalists are chosen from the pool of submissions. Those six semi-finalists compete at the Singer-Songwriter Competition Finals, Friday July 19th, 7pm ET, in front of a panel of prestigious judges and Acorn patrons.
  • Finalists will perform their winning entry in the first round. The panel of judges then narrows down to three Top Finalists.
  • The top three perform another original song. The audience votes to determine the winner.


  • First place $1,100, Second place $350, Third place $250, remaining 3 Finalists given $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 three original songs (music and lyrics written by the entrant).
  • Entrants can have up to three people performing in their group.
  • Travel to The Acorn is the responsibility of the performers.
  • Previous First place winners in The Acorn Singer-Songwriter Competition are not eligible to compete for five years.


Email songwriter@acornlive.org

2024 entry form

Please read our FAQs for more info or if you have any questions!