The International Songwriting Competition is now under way. From now through September 18 November 4, songwriters in virtually all genres, including jazz and blues, can submit their songs, gain recognition and exposure, and have a chance at many prizes that include cash, merchandise, and services. [deadline for entry is extended until November 4, 2014]

Judges for the competition include such luminaries as Pat Metheny, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Tom Waits, Wayne Shorter, Danilo Perez, Robben Ford, John Hiatt, Sarah McLachlan, Jean-Luc Ponty, and many others.

Prizes include over $150,000 in cash, merchandise, and services including the Grand Prize of $25,000 cash (the largest of any songwriting competition) and a scholarship to Berklee College of Music’s Summer Performance Program for the winner of the Teen category. Last year ISC received over 15,000 entries from 115 countries worldwide in 22 categories.

The 2013 Grand Prize winner was Shunzo Ohno, a jazz trumpeter from Japan. Noted jazz vocalist Gregory Porter is also a past winner in the competition.

The Jazz category is one of the most highly-anticipated genres in ISC and over the years has been judged by jazz icons McCoy Tyner; Sonny Rollins; Pat Metheny; Branford Marsalis; John Scofield; Ornette Coleman; Terence Blanchard; Medeski, Martin & Wood; and Cassandra Wilson, as well as the legendary music executives Arif Mardin and Bruce Lundvall, among others.

Because the quality of entries is extremely high, the Jazz category is always one of the most competitive, representing an incredible wealth of talent. Winners and entrants have included many up-and-coming jazz artists, as well as many who are at the top of their field, including Grammy winner Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Bill Bruford, Abram Wilson, Jim Tomlinson (with Stacey Kent on vocals), Grammy winner Paul Sullivan (Paul Winter Consort), and many more.

For more information on ISC please visit their website at: www.songwritingcompetition.com