IPA’s 2nd Annual Young Songwriter’s Competition!


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The IPA is happy to announce the 2nd Annual Young Songwriter’s Competition for 2021!


Can you compose a hit polka or waltz?
If you are between the ages of 15 and 39 (as of July 15, 2021) we’d love to hear it!
1st place winner will receive $750, and the 2nd place winner will receive $250.
Read the terms and conditions to see if you and your song qualifies and fill out the online submission form!
The winning song will be announced in September during our annual IPA Festival and Convention.
Good luck! 



Summary of the Terms and Conditions:
  • This competition will be open to anyone between the ages of 15 and 39 years of age as of July 15th, 2021.
  • It will be open to amateur and professional songwriters of any polka genre.
  • All submissions will be judged by a panel of polka industry songwriting professionals.
  • The winning song will win a certificate and $750! The second place winner will receive $250!
  • Submission Deadline:  July 15, 2021.


Special note:
Songs must not have been previously recorded or broadcast in any public media including YouTube, social media and digital download, so be careful not to share your genius just yet!


*Frequently Asked Questions*


Can I submit more than one song?
YES! Just fill out a separate submission form for each song.
Can I hand-write my lead sheet if I do not have music notation software?
Yes, of course! Just be as neat and accurate as possible. Make sure to include the melody, chords, and
lyrics (if it is a vocal).


Can I write an instrumental?
Can I write lyrics in a different language other than English?
No. The majority of the song needs to be conveyed in English. However, you can include a few words or phrases from other languages in the lyrics.
What will the song be judged on?
Is it catchy? Can I sing along the next time I hear it? Does the song relate to a large audience? There will be an element of “music theory” weighed into the judging, but the majority of the judging points will be with the song’s esthetics.
How can I record a demo of my song?
You can use smart phone apps like VoiceMemos, etc. as long as you can share the demo as an MP3 file. The demo does not need to be professionally produced. As long as we can hear the melody and lyrics along with accompaniment such as guitar, piano, accordion, etc.
Who can I contact if I have more questions?
Email us at composer@ipapolkas.com and we will answer any questions you might have.


Have Fun! . . . Be Creative! . . . And Enjoy!


Click Here for the IPA Young Songwriter’s Submission Form

Click Here for the Sample Lead Sheet

Click Here to listen to the Audio Clip

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