2022 NAfME Student Songwriters Competition

student songwriters

About the Competition

NAfME is seeking original music by student songwriters. Teachers and students are invited to submit original student songs.

Students in elementary school, secondary school, college, and graduate school are eligible to submit songs. Each entrant must be sponsored by a NAfME member teacher, or be a NAfME Collegiate member in good standing. Songs submitted that fall outside the competition guidelines will be adjudicated but will not be eligible for awards or for performance.  

Up to eight (8) selected composers will receive cash awards. All entrants will receive written evaluations of their compositions.

Please review the 2022 NAfME Student Songwriters Competition Rules and Entry Directions

How to Apply

All applications are submitted online through Submittable.

  • Log in or create a new account at http://www.submittable.com.
  • Click HERE to start your application
  • Fill out all fields on the form, and upload all necessary files, which include:
    • The Student Acknowledgement Form
      • Must be filled out, signed, and uploaded with your application.
    • Lyric Sheet as a PDF
    • The Audio of your song. Midi files are acceptable (from composition software applications).
  • Click here for tips on lyric sheets.
  • Questions? Contact: Programs@nafme.org

2021 NAfME Student Songwriters Competition Winners


Benjamin Harrison for the song, In the Night

  • Gordon School, East Providence, Rhode Island
  • Teacher, Susan Hodgin

Honorable Mention:

Evelyn Goldin for the song, Charades

  • T. W. Pyle Middle School, Bethesda, Maryland
  • Teacher, Michelle Kim

Mila Misk for the song, Unify

  • Glen Head Elementary School, Glen Head, New York
  • Teacher, Whitney Hackman

High School

Sanjna Rajagopalan for the song, Changes

  • Ridgewood High School, Ridgewood, New Jersey
  • Teacher, Susan McBrayer

Honorable Mention:

Kiera McInally for the song, Robots

  • Huntington Beach High School, Huntington Beach, California
  • Teacher, Danielle Collins

Izzy Potter for the song, Place Called Home

    • Northport High School, Northport, New York
    • Teacher, Frank Doyle


*Submission implies permission for NAfME to perform and record all selected works.