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2019 Songwriting Contest

Calling all Adventist songwriters – You are invited to participate in the fifth inSpire songwriting contest! This year we are focusing on singer/songwriter style songs that convey a heartfelt spiritual message.

Your song should be one that you have written and recorded as a video on your smartphone. In the past we’ve had all levels of audio quality submitted, from very crude, to songs that were obviously recorded in state-of-the-art studios. It’s all good, but this year we’ve decided to level the playing field by asking you to submit a homemade video recording (from your smartphone) of your song(s). We ask that you not use any other recording device other than your phone. You can plug a mic into your phone, but don’t get too carried away. We are primarily interested in the song itself, not the production of it. Now here’s the clincher: we want to see you in the video playing and singing!

Execution – Each song should be submitted as a video (FLV, WMV, MP4, MPEG, or .MOV file). We prefer an acoustic guitar, or piano, singer/songwriter style recording that clearly features the lyrics and allows the construction of the song to shine.

Works submitted must be created by you and not entered into a previous inSpire songwriting contest. Neither should they be derivatives of other copyrighted works. No modified hymns, please.

Song Limit – Each songwriter may submit up to 2 songs (please submit your lyrics to

Submission Fee: $15 for one song.

Submission Dates – January 13-31, 2019

Got Questions? – If you have questions or comments, please send us a message.

Winners will be posted here sometime between March 10-11, 2019.

Copyright and use – Any submissions you make will still be your material. You will retain first rights to everything you create! PLEASE NOTE: We strongly recommend that you copyright your material with the U.S. Library of Congress. By submitting your music to us, you give inSpire the right to share, or possibly feature, your creations on the inSpire website or Facebook wall, and in our “Renew” newsletter.


There are two tracks to accommodate different ages. Payment is non-refundable. Submission/Registration words below will become live links on Jan. 13.

Track 1 – Submission/Registration (will open here on Jan. 13) – Anyone (ages 10 – 15 years) who is a Seventh-day Adventist church member in the North American Division may enter the contest.

Track 2 – Submission/Registration (will open here on Jan. 13) – Anyone (ages 16 years or older) who is a Seventh-day Adventist church member in the North American Division may enter the contest.

Snail Mail: We recommend that your submission(s) be made online. However, if you cannot do this, you may submit your entry via snail mail. Please send it on a DVD to Pacific Union Conference, Songwriting Contest, Church Support Services, P.O. Box 5005, Westlake Village, CA 91359. Make check payable to Pacific Union Conference ($15 for one song). Put your song file on a DVD and mail it to the above address.

Employees of the Pacific Union Conference (and their immediate family members), judges, staff or members affiliated with the Heritage Singers group (and their immediate family members), and members of the inSpire organizing committee (and their immediate family members), may submit works, but are ineligible to receive awards.**

Contest Awards

Awards for Track 1: (1) First place – $150. (2) Second place – $100. (3) Third place – $50.

Awards for Track 2: (1) First place – Apple iPad Mini. (2) Second place – $200. (3) Third place – $100.

**If you are a student missionary, going to school abroad, or in the military, etc., you may still participate if you have a home address in North America and are a member of an NAD church. This contest is administered by inSpire—an initiative of Pacific Union Conference Church Support Services, as part of its effort to promote the creative arts for ministry purposes. Songs submitted belong to those who submit them and are assumed to be written by the submittees.

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