Annual Songwriters' Competition

As part  of the Barleycorn’s principal function, namely to promote & present the best local, original SA music, we arrange an annual Songwriters' competition with fantastic prizes. 

23rd ANNUAL COMPETITION:

The 2018 competition closing date is 6 August and the finals will be held on 27 August.  

Please read the entry requirements below and email your entry before midnight 6 August 2018.  

The rules are:

  • Each entry must be entirely original & non-derivative. 
  • The song must not have been previously performed in public (your dog / Gran / psychiatrist / significant other are not the public) and must not previously have been published on Soundcloud / Youtube / Facebook or similar public domain. 
  • Songs performed with fake American accents will be automatically disqualified. Other official languages are accepted. 
  • Only two songs may be entered per author / composer. 
  • There is a fee of R25 per entry (i.e. per song), which can be paid via EFT, Snapscan (code below) or in cash at the club on any Monday night until 6 August 2018. If paying cash, please obtain a receipt stating the entrant’s name at the club. Banking details are Barleycorn Music Club, FNB Rondebosch, Cheque Account 62751391500, Branch Code 255355. Please enter your name as reference when paying via EFT. If via Snapscan, please forward transaction confirmation email with your entry. 
  • Entries are to be emailed in MP3 format together with proof of payment to utahiggs@gmail.com, stating 
    • Composer’s name
    • Email address
    • Cell number
    • Daytime landline number
    • Song title

Ten entries will advance to the Finals, due to be held on Monday 27 August (dates are subject to change).


The judges will be looking at originality, lyrical and / or melodic content, structure / arrangement and presentation, recognising that a good song is a good song even if not presented optimally. Originality carries the most points.


You’ll be notified in advance & on the evening of the Finals will be invited to perform your composition ‘live’ & before a panel of judges who are themselves authors / musicians / composers.