Please read all the details below before applying.


Before you begin your application please have the following ready;

  • MP3 versions of your tracks (ideal file size below 15MB)
  • Lyrics for all songs (unless instrumental)
  • If you have co-written any of the songs, information on your fellow songwriters (name, age, preferred gender, indigenous heritage y/n)
  • Social media links
  • Credit or debit card details
  • Please make sure you have read the Terms & Conditions here


  • WAM Members: WAM members receive a 3-for-1 price for their first three entries, so it’s $33* for the first three then an additional $33* per entry thereafter. Please note you will need to add your current member number to the online form to unlock the member discount.
  • Non-WAM Members: $44* per entry. You can join WAM via the WAM website to receive your membership number prior to submitting in order to receive the special 3-for-1 entry price.
  • Schools Entries: $15* per entry. This price is for the School Age categories only.
  • Act-Belong-Commit: $10* per entry.

*All prices are in AUD and inc GST

Please note: Entries are charged on a per category basis. This means if the same song is entered in multiple categories, it will count as multiple entries.


  • To receive discounted entries to this year’s competition sign up or renew your WAM Membership here WAM members receive $33 for the first three entries, then $33 for every additional entry in the main categories.
  • The form won’t accept separate applications using the same email. So please make sure you enter all songs at once, or if that’s not possible use an alternative email address for your second application.
  • DO NOT ADD YOUR NAME TO THE LYRICS SECTION! All songs are intended to be judged anonymously so do not include your act/artist name in this section.
  • The form cannot be saved so please complete the application in one session.
  • To add the same song to different categories you can now simply add them in one go by ticking extra categories in the “Add Song” function.
  • Please don’t shut down the Add Song window while your song is uploading and please be aware that it may take a few minutes for your song to upload (depending on internet speeds).
  • Outstanding Indigenous and Outstanding Regional categories are free bonus categories which your songs will automatically be entered into if you’re eligible.


WAM Song of the Year will again be offering the opportunity to have your songs evaluated by some of WA and Australia’s finest songwriters and producers. Evaluations attract an additional fee and there’s more information below on who you can choose to evaluate your songs this year;

Anna Laverty
Producer/Mixer/Engineer, credits include Courtney Barnett, Florence and the Machine, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds + many more!
$60 per song

Joel Quartermain
Eskimo Joe/Freelance Songwriter & Producer
$60 per song

Em Burrows
WAM/RTRFM/Web Rumours/Group Therapy Records
$30 per song

Timothy Nelson
Kill Devil Hills/Timothy Nelson & The Infidels/High Horse/former WAM Song of the Year Grand Prize and Category Prize winner
$30 per song


WAM is very excited to announce the Act-Belong-Commit category as part of this year’s Song of the Year partnership with Healthway, which is being offered for a discounted entry fee of just $10 per song! There’s more information below about this category;

Mental health is one of the most topical issues facing the music industry today. The Act-Belong-Commit message reminds us to put our mental and physical health first while reflecting on our own wellbeing, and encourages us to engage with the community, build friendships, set goals for the future and in the process pursue our creative endeavours and live our lives to their fullest!

The Act-Belong-Commit songwriting category welcomes songs which touch on any aspect of this message from talking about the importance of community and connectedness; mental wellbeing; the journey of striving for these things or enjoyment of attaining them.


  • March 25 – Entries close
  • Late May – All applicants notified
  • Late May – Nominees announced & Song of the Year Awards tickets go on sale
  • June 26 – Winners revealed at the WAM Song of the Year Awards 2018/19

Any Issues, Questions or Feedback?

Please contact WAM Song of the Year Coordinator, Claire Hodgson at [email protected] or call the office on 08 9227 7962.

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