Hook, Line and Lyric

Hook, Line and Lyric is a songwriting partnership between Jesus College, Cambridge, and the Centre for Music Performance. It has been established to provide the opportunity for aspiring songwriters to have a couple of points in the year where they can submit their songs, meet fellow songwriters and get exposure and feedback from a panel of professionals from across the music industry.

Hook, Line and Lyric is designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels, we want you to just have a go, have fun, experiment and develop your craft.

The Judges 2023-24


First Prize: £100

Second Prize: £50

Third Prize: £30

When is it?

Hook, Line and Lyric @Jesus runs bi-annually, once in Michaelmas and again in Lent term.

The Michaelmas competition will be launched on 16th October 2023 via email announcement and posts on social media (via the College Comms team and the Music Performance Centre), encouraging everyone with an interest to have a play and step out of their creative comfort zone – because as we very well know, a comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there! Additionally, students will be invited to join the Facebook page Hook Line and Lyric at Jesus, where prompts and advices on how to get the best out of the competition will be posted on a regular basis.

How to enter?

Submissions from every genre of music are welcome and encouraged – As our name suggests, our judges will be listening out for tempo, musicality, and meaning! So whichever your preferred music style, we are here for it!

Find all the details of the competition (including how to submit, rules for entry and category examples) on Film Freeway


Launch: Monday 16th October 2024

Deadline: Monday 1st January 2024

Winners to be announced: by 1st February 2024

– This competition is only opened to current students and alumni/graduates of Cambridge University students, CATS and ARU – individually or as part of a songwriting partnership.
– Songs should consist of the contestant’s own work and should not infringe any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties. An exception is that a song that contains elements of another work may be accepted provided this is made clear by the entrant on entry, but in such cases the unoriginal part will not be judged and only the original parts will be judged.
– Keep submissions anonymous
– Swear words are permitted in songs if used in an appropriate context.