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The 2015 Australian Songwriting Contest will be launched in March, and open for approximately 8 weeks. Keep an eye on our hompage for instructions on how to enter around that time.

CONGRATULATIONS to the TOP 10 in the 2014 Australian Songwriting Contest

AUSTRALIA

1 My Outback Heartland Lola Brinton & Trisha Roldan
2 Will I Find Her Far Horizons John Delaney
3 The Drover And The Brumby Graham Howle
4 Boy From Cooroy Alita Fahey & Colin Mackenzie
5 John Simpson Kirkpatrick John Littrich, Paul McGee & Neil McCann
6 They Call 'Em Coopers Kathy Coleman
7 Hardie's Men Brian Ralston
8 The Word Is Out Luke Vassella
9 Stand As One Stuart Hall
10 This Now Is Goodbye Donna Dyson Damien Leith
10 The Dog That He Can Bec Hance




BALLAD

Equal 1 Spiral Rick Hart
Equal 1 The Beat Of A Drum Cill Van Der Velden & Jarrad Grimmond
3 Daisy Kathy Coleman
4 Shades Of Blue Corey Hargreaves & Andrew Cromwell
5 The Last Wish Pasqual Deleo
6 Fly Away Lori Greco
7 Don't Tell Me Helen Mottee
8 So Beautiful Katie Hardyman & Pete Stevenson
9 A Matter Of Life And Breath Wendy Wood & Cassandra Wood
9 She Loves Me Michael Axiotis    
      
            
      
      
CONTEMPORARY POP/DANCE

1 Rivers Run To Red Demi Louise, Joe Killington & Neil Athale
2 You're The Dance Donna Dyson & Damien Leith
3 The Chase Richelle Boer
4 Beautiful Soul Shameem Taheri-Lee
5 Running Free Johanna Cooper
6 AEIOU Anirban Banerjee
7 Pocket Rocket Nicole Sokolovic & Nicole Skye
8 The Gun Kim Gamaroff
9 Moonlight Sun John Breen
10 Breakaway Anna Leathem & Shannon McArthur
10 Running Back To You Lori Greco




COUNTRY

1 Brand New Life Samantha Mooney
2 Better (Since You Came Along) Alex Tobin
3 Lay You Down Corey Hargreaves
4 Yes (A Love That Lasts) Natalie Howard
5 Murder Michael Meeking
6 Jabaticaba Moonshine Stephen Kermode
7 Mess I'm In Rick Hart
8 Phone Call Craig Morrison & DJ Gleason
9 Rainbow Day Michael Clay
10 If You Only Knew Steve Montgomery    
      
      
            
      
FOLK/ACOUSTIC

1 Eleanor James Daley
2 Lovely Little Thoughts Laura Bell
3 Remembrance Day Katy Callaghan & Kathleen Callaghan
4 If You Will, I Will Luke Golding
5 Darwin To Ambon Lucy Wise
6 Be Strong Lynn Hazelton
7 This Little House Katerina Pshenichner
8 Paper Bag Keri McInerney
9 It's Not Goodbye Katie Hardyman
10 All I Need Karen Law    
      
      
            
      
INSTRUMENTAL

1 Love Particles Manjia Luo
2 Spanish Baroque Piece Allan Pan
3 Song/Day 352 Galliano Sommavilla
4 Live The Dream Jim Ottaway
5 Moonlight At Midnight Pete Hawkes
6 El-Me-Chello Peter Salata
7 Ghosts Ben Bowen
8 Celmenco John Delaney
9 Wonderment Bill Canty
10 Velvet Voyage Louise Bell    
           
      
      
      
INTERNATIONAL

1 Get Naked Michael McGee & Rolf Schnyder
2 The Cat's Meow John Greenwood
3 Fun To Touch Nitanee Paris Lawson
4 Fall In Love Kelly Griffith
5 Learn To Breathe Nitanee Paris Lawson
6 Time To Roll The Dice Michael McGee & Rolf Schnyder
7 Somewhere Trouble Don't Go Christal Prout
8 Summer Anthem Lacy Younger
9 Happy Me Debra Gussin & Kyle Vincent
10 Better (Since You Came Along) Alex Tobin
10 Josephine Ethan Cole




LYRICS

1 The Hippies In Rom 57 Catherine Dobson
2 This House Simon Berger
3 Storms Sherilyn Page
4 This Timeless Land Steve Montgomery
5 Burning Money Without Matches Jim Fahey
6 This Is Our Home Kay Bell
7 Stephen Hawking Wants You To Susan Muranty
8 A Letter To My Children Wendy Barnes
8 Neon Nights Paul Dillon
10 The Smartest Living Thing Paul Rogers
10 To Angelo Jasmine Crittenden




OPEN

1 Do It Again Kathy Prosser
2 Snowflake Katie Hardyman
3 Out Here On My Own Keri McInerney & Steve Tebbett
4 What You've Done Anirban Banerjee
5 Can't Write A Love Song Danny Hooper
6 It Used To Be Robert McIntosh
7 AEIOU Anirban Banerjee
8 Summertime Again Jill Riddiford
9 Please Go Lightly Jarren Boyd , Michael Maher, Rebecca Harris, Stewart Taylor & Brad Jackson
10 My Angel Eyes John Greenwood Jason Greenwood  
       
   
    
      
ROCK/INDIE

1 Hearts Away John Breen
2 Jasmine Steve Jones
3 How Many Times John Breen
4 Trouble Maker Lou O'Connor
5 Idolize Stacie Richardson & Mark Annesley
6 What You Do To Me William Godfrey
7 Spider Jason Maynard
8 Soul Mate Neville Kaye
9 Catching Happy John Kairn
9 Dreams David Fuller
9 Middle Age Ripples Sam Vartuli




SONGS FOR CHILDREN

1 Diggin' Up History Kathy Prosser
2 I Am A Dog Kathy Prosser & SvenTydeman
3 Dinosours Could Rock N' Roll Kayelene Carruthers
4 On A Treasure Hunt We'll Go Stacy Tierney
5 Grandad's Hat Kathy Prosser
6 I'm A Kayelene Carruthers
7 Say G'Day Kathy Prosser
8 Worms Shane Godbehere
9 I Jump Dez Staunton & Vanessa Staunton
10 Lullaby Bel Thomson    
      
      
      
            
SPIRITUAL

1 The Courage You Lack Lori Greco
2 A New Creation Bel Thomson
3 Come And Find Bel Thomson & Phil Thomson
4 Armour Of Christ BelThomson & Caleb James
5 For Our Children Kay Bell & James Warwick
6 My God, My God Alex Varlow
7 Mr Street Man Speaker Kieran Roberts
8 Free At Last Jacques Gentil
9 I Will Be Still Ruth Chai-Njiino
9 On My Own Rod Walmsley
9 Sunnier Warde Elliott




YOUTH

1 Gold Frank Dixon
2 The Gun Kim Gamaroff
3 Ghost Mikhayla Trope
4 Girl Like Me Anna Leathem
5 Footprints Bridget O'Shanessy
6 Voyager Frank Dixon
7 Start Again Anna Leathem
8 A Song We Both Knew Sabrina Soares
9 Goodbye Notes Monique Hrsto
10 Anyone Else Abbey Slattery
10 Mirror Mirror Alana Patmore
10 Still In Love Alana Patmore
10 You Love Me, Not Her Sabrina Soares

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General Facts about the Australian Songwriting Contest:

The ASA’s Australian Songwriting Contest began in 1979, and is Australia’s longest running national songwriting contest for professional and amateur songwriters. Songs are submitted on CD or online(more ecomonical option) via Sonicbids or SongCentral, and are judged by Music Industry experts on originality and craftsmanship. The song does not have to be performed by the songwriter, but it must be original and unpublished at the time of entry (i.e. the song must not be signed to a publishing company). The recording quality of material is not relevant to the judging process.

Professional song feedback can also be ordered by entrants. See Feedback Service under Members tab for more details.
Contact:
ASA National Office
Locked Bag 18/178
Newtown NSW 2042
Australia

Ph/Fax: 02 9516 4960
Email: asanationaloffice@asai.org.au

Results Archive:

2012

2011

2010
•2009 - 2008 - 2007 - 2006 - 2005 - 2003 - 2002 - 2001 - 2000 - 1999

Categories

There are 13 Categories in the Australian National Songwriting Contest, including an open-genre International Category which citizens from any country of the World can enter (including Australians). Most of the other Categories are genre specific, and are for Australian songwriters only. It is up to you as the entrant what category you enter your song in, although if the judges feel that a song has been mis-categorised by the entrant, they will re-enter it in a more appropriate category to give it a better chance.

Entries Are Anonymous

We ask manual entrants not to put identifying information on their entries, but if they do, their entry will be rendered anonymous before judging takes place. Online entries are also rendered anomymous before being judged. All songs are labels with idenifying numbers and song names only.

Three-tiered Judging

There are three levels of judging.

Preliminary Round - All songs are heard by a team of at least 3 music industry judges. Every songwriter who makes the Top 30 list of any of the judges, is short-listed in the preliminary round of the judging process and notified accordingly. Depending on how many of the judges pick the same songs, the size of the short list will vary.

The judges assess songs using the ASA criteria, to arrive at a total mark for each song from each individual judge. An equalising process is then used to rank the songs by giving 30 pts to the most favoured, and 29 the next and so on. These rankings are then added together to give a final mark for that entry. So, for example, if a song scored 90 points as a final mark after using the ranking system, that would mean it was the top choice of three judges. If it scored 30 points, that would mean that only one judge absolutely loved it! Usually scores are much more varied than this. The ranking system ensures fairness to all entrants, by taking in to account that some judges may be low scorers or high scorers across the board.

Finalist Round – The Top 30 songs are then chosen from the shortllisted group, by a fresh panel of judges. These results are then put up on the website (usually 4-5 weeks before the National Awards Night).

The Top 10 placegetters are decided by a third group of judges (minimum of 3 respected music industry professionals per Category), who vote individually without consultation with each other. Their results are combined and equalised to give eventual Top 10, which are announced live to the audience at the ASA National Songwriting Awards.

Results

Once the top ten placings are decided, the first place winners of the Major Open Categories and Youth Category will receive a phonecall and/or be notified in writing. This is so that they can be invited to perform at the Awards.

The remaining Top 30 Finalists for each Category are encouraged to attend the National Awards Night, where they can find out in person if they made it to the Top 10! Even those who don’t get into the Top 10 have a great time at this event, as they are able to hear the winning songs played live on the night, and network with other successful songwriters and industry people as part of the fraternity. As a major industry event, the ASA National Awards Night is important for serious songwriters. Subsequently (usually within 72 hrs after the National Awards Night) the final Top 10 results will be posted on this site.

Those who recieve nominations for the Songwriter of the Year and the Rudy Brandsma Award will be notified prior to the Awards Night.

In the event of a tied mark, entries are awarded equal placings and any prizes will be split between the entrants.

Judging Criteria

Songs are judged on aspects of the songwriting craft:
•lyrics
•melody
•structure
•arrangement
•and originality

Because the major concern of the Association is songwriting, the songs are not judged on the performance or the quality of the recording.
The ASA chooses the judges but is not responsible for their decisions. The ASA selects the winner of the Songwriter of the Year from among the Category Winners, and the Rudy Brandsma encouragement award from among member songwriters who have done well in the competition, or who display some outstanding element that cannot be overlooked.

For the Australian Songwriting Contest rules and regulations, and list of prizes, please check this year's Enrty Form.

 

 

Listen to Past ASA Winners

  • Our Last Goodbye by Karen Guymer

    Winner: 2010 Rudy Brandsma Award
  • Love Letters by Marcel Kramer and Markus Winkler

    Winner: 2010 International
  • No Parade by Eleanor Baker and Rita Btratvich

    Nominee: 2010 Rudy Brandsma Awards
  • Little White Horse by Wendy Morrison

    Placegetter: 2010 Songs For Children
  • I Love You I Hate You by Alexandra Valmorbida

    Winner: 2010 Youth
  • Miss You by Jesse Marantz & Jessica Paige

    Winner: 2010 Contemporary Pop & Open
  • Simple Little Reason by Steve Lymburn & Carly Van

    Winner: 2010 Rock/Indie
  • Ghost by Katrina Burgoyne & Bill Chambers

    Winner: 2010 Country
  • Black and White by Marcella Taylor

    Winner: 2010 Instrumental
  • Haven't You Noticed by Robert Cini

    Winner: 2010 Ballad
  • Coffee My Lover by Kate Rowe

    Winner: 2010 Folk/Acoustic
  • Lismore Girl by Luke Vassella

    Winner: 2010 Australia
  • In Time With You by Bel Morrison & Caleb James

    Winner: 2010 Spiritual (Joint Winner)