Putting words to the tunes

Tuesday, February 3, 2004

Are you in a band?Do you play an instrument? Maybe you're more interested in writing lyrics than performing music. If so, the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for Teens is for you.

The contest is named for singer and songwriter John Lennon, a member of the Beatles known for his variety in songwriting styles.

USA Weekend magazine is accepting entries for its contest through Feb. 13. The contest is based on the theme "American Dreams."

The contest is open to anyone age 13 or older or who is a student in grades 7 to 12. Only original song lyrics will be accepted.

Lyrics must be typed, double-spaced on an 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper using only one side of the paper. On a separate sheet, type or print your name, grade, hometown and phone number and your school's phone number.

Mail entries to USA Weekend-John Lennon Songwriting Contest for Teens, P.O. Box 8521, Prospect Heights, Ill., 60070, or enter online at www.usaweek end.com/classroom/usaw_jlsc_home. html.

Grand-prize winners get their lyrics published in USA Weekend magazine, a trip to Hollywood for a walk-on role in NBC's drama "American Dreams," and can have their lyrics set to music and produced by the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.

The winner will be selected by recording stars Michelle Branch, Pink, Usher, Monica, will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas and LeAnn Rimes.

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