The Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge is a national competition for high school students who have a passion for writing songs that could be part of a musical theater production. Launched by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as a three-city pilot program in 2016, the Songwriting Challenge offers six semi-finalists mentorship opportunities with professional songwriters and musicians. Finalists will be awarded a school scholarship and more.

Applications are open on October 2, 2017 and due by January 5, 2018. Regional semifinals will be held in February and the national competition among the six semifinalists will be in April. For more information, visit