Exciting news! The Top 30 songs in the 2018 Australian Songwriting Contest are listed below. Please note that songs are in alphabetical order only. Also be aware that the Top 10 results will be announced at the National Songwriting Awards, so if you want to be the first to know about those, book your tickets now using the following link:


Please also note that the reason some of the Top 30 lists contain more than just 30 songs, is that where there was a draw between songs in the earlier judging stage, we keep all the songs rather than culling them at that point. We believed the best way is to allow a further, fresh set of judges to make the final call. BE VERY PROUD if you are in these lists. Hundreds of strong songs have had to be excluded already, and this year’s standard was high!


A Changing Landscape Stephen Phillip QLD
Australia David Reeve Philip Arthur Warren NSW
Australia Sani Bolton QLD
Australia Free Yantra de Vilder NSW
Back In The Day Robert McIntosh NSW
Ballad of the Coal Pit Ponies Terry Bennetts Ashley Cooke WA
Barbed Wire And Bullets Jim Van Fleet QLD
Barunga: Together Forever Emanuele Mamo Christian Luke VIC
Best Friend ‘Round The Block Kylie Adams-Collier NSW
Between The Suns Andrew Travers Robert Souter NSW
Borrowed Time (The war of the Rodents) Steve Montgomery NSW
Brooks Soak Stephen Sarre ACT
Charles Phillips Donna Dyson Damien Leith QLD
Crumbliing Stones Lola Brinton Graham Howle NSW
Dinki Di Cobbers Wayne Sprlyan WA
Future History Ana Key Dennis Aubrey ACT
I Won’t Be Back Steve Montgomery NSW
I’m Australian Stephen Phillip QLD
Jack Keagan’s Pub (You can’t keep a good man down) Steve Montgomery Tony Montgomery, Tim Montgomery, Mike Montgomery, Joan Montgomery, Colin Roberts NSW
Mataranka Milky Way Brian Stitt NSW
Old Chimney Brendan Smoother NSW
Only In Australia Andrew Cavanagh Benn Gunn QLD
Paddle Wheel Man Ray (Rusty Strings) Smith VIC
Red Red Dirt Sadie Jones David Penman QLD
Schools In Shawn Fracchia Johnny Huckle, Francesca Kibria QLD
She’s A Picture Paul Grierson Chris Reiger NSW
Sugar Cane Town Rob Imeson NSW
Sweet In The Morning Karen Law Murray Law QLD
Take me back to Melbourne Kieran O’Connell VIC
Take Me Home Donna Dyson Damien Leith QLD
The Endless Memories Mick Fernandez NSW
The Mighty Murray River Samantha Bellamy NSW
The Old Ghost Road Steve Montgomery NSW
Through The Eyes Of A Boy Wendy Wood NSW
Together Forever Phil Splitter Susie Davies-Splitter VIC
Turn Off The TV (and forget all you’ve seen) Melvyn Moll NSW




A Life That Ain’t Lived Andrew Cavanagh QLD
A Magical Place Hannah May Bartle Matt Boden TAS
Ball of String Lloyd Back QLD
Beautiful Attraction David Reeve David Highet NSW
Best Thing You Never Had Kylie Ryan Michael Carpenter NSW
Brand New Kristy Davis Damien Leith NSW
Broken Jo Cooper NSW
Candle Moth Lola Brinton Felicity Urquhart NSW
Come Back To Me Garry Hardingham VIC
Counting Down The Days Tony Bogan Wes McKinnon, Stewart Peters NSW
Dance Devil Dance Skii Harvey NSW
Don’t You Try To Say Goodbye Jacques Gentil Michael Zammit VIC
I Can’t Unlove You Susan Muranty Sven Tydeman, Ritchie Neville NSW
I Don’t Know Jim  van Fleet QLD
I Say You Don’t Julie Prowse NSW
If I Don’t Have Love Peter Christie Roger Corbett NSW
Looking Through The Eyes of a Child