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Every year since 1986, OVFF has held at least one songwriting competition in order to encourage the creation of new songs and increase the number of active song writers in the Filk community. That, and it’s a lot of fun! This year we are again holding two contests.

FIRST CONTEST (for 2024): Ministry of Disinformation

The first contest, to be held Saturday evening, is the traditional type: write a song on a topic (see above) announced in advance. Entries should be new material of limited distribution written between October 2023 and October 2024, that was NOT submitted to a prior OVFF Songwriting Contest.


Our second contest is intended to test your wits and the speed of your pen. A surprise topic is announced at the opening of the con. You then have the weekend to write, and then the song is presented Sunday afternoon. We ask for at least three verses and a chorus.

Entering our Song Contest or Iron Filker Contest online during the Con

If you would like to enter one or both of our song contests at the con this year, please fill out THIS FORM and submit it to our programming team during the con. The form will be available starting Friday afternoon.  If you want to enter both contests, you will need to submit this form once for each contest you enter. You can also submit your entries in person at the programming station in the main concert room before the announced song contest deadlines or until maximum participation limit has been reached. We will need FOUR copies of your lyrics. You also need to include your name, the name of the song, and “to the tune of” information (or indicate it is an original tune).

Contest Rules

  1. The songs can be original lyrics and music OR new lyrics to existing music.
  2. Entries in the first contest should be new material of limited distribution written within the previous year. Entries in the second contest must be written at the convention.
  3. Songs are to be performed in front of a live audience for a panel of three judges.
  4. Songs are judged on the quality of the writing–not on the strength of the performance.
  5. An Audience Choice award is also voted on by the entire audience.
  6. If the songwriter is not a performer, the entry may be performed by a friend. (Please note that the songwriter must be in attendance at the convention in order to enter.)
  7. You must bring four (4) copies of your song for the judges or submit your song on line using the link above. Include your name, song name, ttto info (or original) with your lyrics

(A PDF file of the scoring sheet used by the judges can be found here.)


Signup sheets will be made available Friday evening at the opening of the convention on a first come, first served basis. The number of entries permitted may be limited, so be sure to sign up early. Entry order will be randomized after signups have been closed.

If you have any questions as to the appropriateness of the entry, contact us (or, if you are at the con or have Iron Filker questions, please seek out an OVFF concom member).

Our congratulations go out to the winners of previous competitions!