There is no mention of whether or not this is a brief sabbatical or a permanent ending as of October 2015. Every songwriter that enters receives a written evaluation of their songs from the contest Judges.

The grand prize winner takes home $25,000 in cash, gear and memberships to places like Gig Salad and Artist Growth.

Judges include members of Casting Crowns, Hawk Nelson, Matt Maher and Joy Williams.

Deadline: Phase 1 - June, Phase 2 - December Entry fees: $30 per song/title Contest Site The Gospel/Inspirational category is one of 12 categories.

The JLSC is open year-round and features two Sessions -- with 72 Finalists, 24 Grand Prize Winners, 12 Lennon Award Winners and 1 "Song of the Year." All entry fees from the contest help support the non-profit John Lennon Educational Tour Bus mobile recording studio, giving back to music.

For musicians and songwriters, entering contests that give you the opportunity to have your music heard by industry professionals plus the chance to win great prizes is even better.

The following contests are either strictly for Christian music or have categories for Christian music.

They can be a wonderful way for songwriters to grow their ministry, meet wonderful new people and maybe even get a leg up to getting started walking onto a larger stage.

Deadline: November Entry fees: per song/title Contest Site In August of 2015, the Christian Song Competition announced that they would not be holding a contest in 2015.

Judges include members of Switchfoot, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Cliff and Bob Weir (founding member of the Grateful Dead).