2018 Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition

Official Entry Form


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School Contacts

School Street Address

School Postal Address

Teacher Contact for Secondary School Entry Authorisation

As this is a Secondary School competition, we require the name and email address of the Principal/Dean or HOD Music or English teacher to confirm your entry. They will receive an email to reply to which will complete the entry process. 

Song Writer(s)

You can add additional writers by clicking on the link to the right.

Songwriter Entering Song (Main Contact)

If more than one writer please designate one contact responsible for all correspondence with Play It Strange


At least one phone number must be provided.


At this stage only songs composed by ONE person can be assessed for the composition standards. 

Terms and Conditions

Conditions of Entry: 2018 Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition

1. The Writers (composers & lyricists) must be:

a) Resident in New Zealand or New Zealand citizens
b) At secondary school and be under 20 years of age
c) Attend school at least 16 hours a week.

2. The work must be an original popular song. It must NOT be an arrangement or adaptation of a traditional non-copyright work or any other original work. 

3. Entries. The following will be required:

a)  Completion of an official entry form
b) A CD / USB or uploaded mp3 of the work nominated
c) A lyric sheet

a) b) and c) must be received by Play It Strange no later than Friday 27th July 2018.

Send all postal entries to:

Play It Strange, Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition, PO Box 137194, Parnell, Auckland 1151.

General Conditions:
a) Only ONE song may be submitted on an official entry form by or on behalf of any one writer and must comply with conditions 1 and 2.
b) The song and the recording of the song can be performed and played by anyone as long as it is on a non-professional basis. It is not necessary for the writer(s) to feature on the recording.
c) All decisions of the judges will be binding on Play It Strange and the entrants.
d) In the event of more than one writer having collaborated in writing a competition winning work, the relevant prize will be allocated equally between the writers. 
e) Play It Strange shall have the right to interpret the above conditions and to determine all issues arising out of this contest. Any such interpretations and determinations shall be final.
f) Unless specifically requested the copies of the entry recordings and lyrics will be retained by Play It Strange.
g) The entrant shall grant permission for replication, mechanical reproduction, broadcast, internet streaming and downloading and communication of the recording of the song to the public.
h)  Play It Strange will have the right to print the name and likeness of any entrant in publicity in respect of the competition and all matter incidental thereto.
i) The entrant agrees to be bound by Play It Strange’s entry procedures, rules and regulations established in this entry form. The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

Please Note

An entry number will be emailed to your Teacher Contact.


Form submission may take a few minutes while files upload. If you have problems please try again or contact us at info@playitstrange.org.nz. 

Alternately you can enter by downloading an entry form and sending it in.