National Songwriting Competition

2021 Competition Winners Announced!

See link below for the winning entries! Congratulations to everybody who entered this year - the quality of the writing was amazing!



For a full list of winners for 2020 & 2021 (and to hear their entries) CLICK HERE

2022 Competition

Entries to the 2022 competition will be opening mid year. 

Categories and prizes for the 2022 competition are yet to be determined.

We recommend that you read the Terms and Conditions for the 2021 competition - these are likely to remain the same.

About the competition

Our annual ACMF National Songwriting Competition is a nationwide initiative designed to encourage creativity and self-expression through songwriting, and is now in its 20th year.

Every year, students from schools across Australia are invited to put pen to paper and enter their original song.

Winners receive prize-money which can be allocated towards musical equipment or tuition. For a table of prizes, click here.

Free Entry (Donations welcome)

Every year, the ACMF Songwriting Competition is free to enter. However, as the ACMF is a registered charity, we do strongly encourage entrants to consider making a donation to the ACMF, along with their song submissions.


Your support enables us to continue our important work - bringing life-changing music education programs and instruments to disadvantaged children and youth-at-risk throughout Australia. To make a donation, click here.

Terms & Conditions

For full Terms and Conditions of the National Songwriting Competition, CLICK HERE.

Competition Sponsors

“We have to encourage creativity in children. The current education system does not prioritise this – how else will children dream and blossom, if not through creativity? Songwriting is a vital form of self-expression. Songwriting has stopped children self-harming. It has allowed them to speak about abuse and trauma. It has allowed them to express love and forgiveness. It can increase literacy. It can promote understanding.  This competition encourages every child, in every Australian state and territory to explore and create, and engage with learning in such a positive way. It’s very important to the work of the ACMF, and myself in particular.”

Don Spencer

Founder of the ACMF


Alan Kendall Award An annual award for most creative and original song composition across the competition.

Value: $1,500

APRA AMCOS Award – Sponsored by APRA AMCOS ‘Young Song writer of the Year’ award toward supporting one song writer across the competition.

Value: $1,500

2021 NSC Prizes

Tap on an image below and listen to some of our winning entrants speak about the competition, their prize money and what they chose to put it toward as well as a little snippet of their winning song.