In prior years, our famous checklist evaluations were only available during the entry process. By popular demand, we're now offering them anytime: before you enter, after you enter, or, as always, during the entry process.

The evaluations are done by a consensus of 3-5 judges in a group, so it's not just one opinion. The evaluators are all industry professionals: songwriters, producers, artists, engineers and educators.

To order an evaluation separately from an entry, please go to the Method #2 option below. That will take you to a secure PayPal page. After you check out, you'll be directed back to SongDoor to upload your song and lyric files.

Upon our notification that your payment has been made, we'll proceed to do your evaluation. You'll have a written report within 5-7 business days. That's it!

See a sample checklist evaluation here.

Please allow 5-7 business days for your evaluation to be completed and sent to you.

If you request your evaluation between October 1 -November 15, please allow 7-10 business days (we get slammed with entries at the last minute every year.)

There are 2 ways to get an evaluation:


As you fill out the online entry form, you will see a blue box (like the image below) to order an optional evaluation for any song you enter. Just tick the box. (You will have to do that on the actual entry form.)

Get an evaluation with your entry


Request an evaluation whenever you'd like one. Just click the button below. Each evaluation is $15. By clicking the button below, you’ll be directed to a PayPal page to pay the fee, then come back to upload your lyric sheet and .mp3 files.