Young Songwriter of the Year 2016

Last year, Joe Hawkins was crowned Looe Music Festival’s first ever, Young Songwriter of the Year. Joe played live at LMF15, recorded his song in the studio and even went on to have his winning song, A Million Miles Away, played on BBC Radio Cornwall.

We’re passionate about giving Cornwall a stage to show off some of our amazing homegrown talent. That’s why, this year, we’re doing it all again and giving budding songsmiths in Cornwall the chance to have their song performed on stage, recorded in a professional studio session, made into 100 CD copies, and released for the world to hear on iTunes and Spotify. All that as a top prize, along with a massive goody bag of great prizes, handpicked for music fans.

It’s an incredible opportunity for one young (aged 11-16) songwriter in Cornwall, so if that’s someone you know – even if they’ve never written a song of their own before – be sure to let them in on it. The deadline for entry is 31st August 2016.

Sound Good? Get writing

To enter, you just need to get your song up on Youtube or Soundcloud, and send us a link. You don’t even need to perform it yourself – it’s a songwriting competition, not a singing contest, so get a friend to sing it if you’re shy.



The winning songwriter will receive:

  • A recording session – spend an afternoon or evening at Cube Recording Studio in Truro. You’ll work with our team of professional session musicians and singers, a sound engineer and a producer who will record a version of your song
  • 100 copies of your song on CD – after mixing and mastering you’ll receive 100 copies of your song on CD. It’ll also be uploaded on to iTunes and Spotify
  • Family tickets to Looe Music Festival – you’ll enjoy a free family ticket to Looe Music Festival 2016 (worth over £200), and the opportunity to hear your song performed live on stage by one of this year’s acts
  • Goody bag – stuffed full of Looe Music Festival and music related goodies


It’s simple: all you need are two verses, a chorus and a melody line. To enter your song, simply make a video or audio recording of yourself (or someone else) singing it, and upload it to your own Youtube or Soundcloud page. Then email us a link to it (make sure it’s clearly titled, with ‘SONGWRITER’ in the subject line), together with your name, age and contact details to That’s it! Our judges will review all entries and pick a winner.


Keep your song to under three minutes

Make sure your lyrics are clear

Tweet us at @looemusicfest

#LMFTalent #LMF16


Judging will be done by a panel of professional musicians and songwriters including Seth Lakeman and Sam Kelly, a final decision will be made on 7th September 2016. Winners will be notified by email within 24 hours of the decision. Festival tickets will be supplied via email at the same time – we will them be in touch after the festival to arrange studio dates.


The deadline for application is midnight, 31st August 2016.

The Competition is open to children aged 11 – 16 and in full-time education at secondary school in Cornwall.

The judges decision is final. There is no cash alternative to the prizes offered. Free tickets to Looe Music Festival 2016 only and not transferable. Any songs with swearing or containing lyrics deemed to be offensive will be disqualified.

Two alternative dates will be offered for the recording session and this will take place before 31st December 2016.

The CDs will be produced within six weeks of the recording session (after mixing and mastering). And, don’t worry, we’ll keep 100% of your songwriting copyright.

So, if it’s the next big hit you’ll have a fantastic demo to promote your talent.