It's easy to submit a song to this website.
Write your song
The first thing you need to do is to write your song. This may be the hardest part of this competition for you. If you've never written a song before you could try to find out more about songwriting through other musicians, the internet or books. There's so much material out there, but ultimately the best way of learning is by doing. The first song you write won't be your best, but don't worry about perfection. There's no such thing as a perfect song and remember: audiences are the best judges of songs.
Perhaps before you even put pen to paper you will want to immerse yourself in music, especially topical and anti-war songs. There is a wealth of information on the Centre for Political Song's website www.caledonian.ac.uk/politicalsong . Be imaginative with the internet. Some good writers to google would be: Billy Bragg, Ani DiFranco, Bob Dylan, Dick Gaughan, Eliza Gilkyson, Woody Guthrie, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, Leon Rosselson, David Rovics. Some of their music can be downloaded over the internet. Others you can find in music stores or in music libraries.
Record your song
Once you've written a song you will need to record it. This isn't difficult. If you own recording equipment you're sorted, but let's assume you don't. Ask friends and local musicians to see who might be able to help you record your song. If you can't find anyone you know to help you, try phoning a local recording studio (through the Yellow Pages). You could probably rent a studio for an hour for not much money - this is all the time you will need to record your song. Although beautiful voices, interesting arrangements and high-quality production impress, Songs For Change is not about that. The focus is on the song (lyric & melody), so if that's all you record (ie without any instruments) that's fine. And if you can't sing maybe you could find a friend to sing the song for you. None of this should cost much if any money. Indeed your passion and commitment may persuade others to help you out for free.
Submit your song
So you've written your song and recorded it. Now you need to send it off to us. You can do this as an MP3 attachment over the internet to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you could also send your lyrics by e-mail and a couple sentences about yourself and the inspiration for your song, we will post these with your song on this site. For copyright reasons we can only post songs on here which are both original in the music and lyric. If the music is in the public domain that's fine, but if you are writing a new lyric to a song which is still under copyright protection (eg Lennon's Imagine), then you can enter the song here, but we won't be able to post it onto this site. To secure the copyright of your own song just send it to yourself in the post as registered mail. Please do this before sending it to us.