Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Are the Official Rules?

    The official rules can be found here: https://catholicsongcontest.com/official-rules/
  • Do I have to be Catholic to enter?

    No — no one will be checking your Catholic ID card, and you do not have to be Catholic, but the winning songs will give glory to God.
  • Can I submit lyrics only, not combined with music?

  • Do I retain all rights to my song?

    Absolutely! The contest does not and will never own the song that you poured your heart and time into.
  • Who are the judges?

    All songs will be judged by many successful music industry professionals who are Catholic or who have an appreciation for the Catholic Church.
  • Does the production quality matter?

    The short answer is no. A well-structured song with great lyrics will work no mater how it is produced, and if you want to submit just a vocal or a vocal with a single instrument, then please do — our judges can recognize a good song even if it is stripped down. However, there are some genres of music, such as electronic music, in which the production is part of the overall aesthetic of the song.
  • Can I submit an instrumental?

    No, only songs with lyrics will be considered.
  • What languages can the song be in?

    Currently only songs in English or Spanish will be considered. Poetry and the deeper meaning of song lyrics often gets lost in translation, and we are only qualified to judge songs written in English and Spanish. However, we want to and might be able to make exceptions. Please contact us to tell us what other language your song is in and we will let you know if we are qualified to judge the meaning of the lyrics.
  • I do not live in the United States. May I enter?

    In this first year of the contest, you must be a citizen of the United States. We hope to change this in following years.
  • May I enter more than one song?

    Yes! You may enter as many songs as you wish in any category. Entry fees are calculated per song so entering more songs means that additional entry fees will apply.
Catholic Song Contest