Best New Song Prize


The Best New Song Prize is awarded on an annual basis. 12 finalists have their songs performed by students participating in the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year. For the last 12 years this has been at a gala event held in a West End Theatre. A panel of judges, including Stiles and Drewe, award the Best New SongPrize and the winner receives a prize of £1000 to put towards developing their work.

All 12 finalists have access to a Feedback Lab, hosted by Stiles and Drewe at a later date. They are also invited to be audience members in the two Progress Labs for the Mentorship Award-winner.

Entry Requirements for the Best New Song:

Entrants should complete the online form below.
We ask writers or writing teams to ensure they meet the following entry requirements:

• Entrants may submit a maximum of two songs for consideration for the Best New Song but may submit one song only if they wish.

• If submitting two songs for the Best New Song only (open to all MMD members, including Overseas Members) entrants may submit songs from different projects and either written solely by themselves, two songs with the same collaborator or two songs with different collaborators.

• If also applying for the Mentorship Award (UK applicants only in Mentorship Award years) one song must be one of the three submitted for the Mentorship Award. The second song may either be from the same show or from another project.

• The song/s must be from a musical, although the musical does not need to be complete (unless part of a Mentorship Award application). Stand-alone cabaret songs will not be accepted.

• The Best New Song entries must be suitable for performance by a solo singer, either male or female with piano accompaniment only. Duets or ensembles are not recommended unless they can be adapted to be performed by a solo performer.

• We will only be able to advise Best New Song finalists whether their song will be performed by a male or a female singer once the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year selection process is complete. We cannot guarantee Best New Song finalists will be sung by a performer of the gender originally intended (i.e. you will have to be prepared for a male to sing a song originally written for a female and vice versa). Writers must be willing to adjust song lyrics accordingly.

• The song cannot have been included in a previous professional production.

• If you are part of a song writing team, at least one of you must be a paid up member of MMD.

Please submit:

A Soundcloud URL link to each song(s) pasted in the relevant section of the online form. Please ensure you also detail the full song title(s) next to the link and ensure the privacy settings on the Soundcloud tracks will allow MMD staff and the judges to open/listen to the links.

• Lyric sheet for the song(s) (pdf format).

• A show synopsis no longer than 500 words (pdf format).

General Notes:

• If a song is selected as a Best New Song finalist, the writer(s) will be required to provide a PDF sheet music (piano and vocal arrangement) on request.

• Due to the volume of submissions, neither Stiles and Drewe nor MMD are able to give individual feedback regarding the final selection.

• Please label each file uploaded SHOW TITLE_ followed by key words/information as applicable):

• “Song title”_lyric sheet (e.g. OKLAHOMA!_People Will Say We’re In Love_ Lyric Sheet)

• Synopsis (e.g. OKLAHOMA!_Synopsis)

Please note, if you do not upload your files or label them accordingly we will be unable to download your application.

Please read the above instructions carefully before you submit any materials.