Out of the 40 songs, Gang of Youths scored an impressive four nominations, while Amy Shark, Alice Ivy, Gordi and Georgi Kay all scored two nominations.
Among the impressive list of the 33 nominated artists are newcomers like G Flip, Mallrat and Angie McMahon, just to name a few.
It’s also worth noting that 25 of these artists are receiving their first ever nominations for this prestigious award, and 22 of them are female or female-fronted.
Some of the judges include former Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns, KLP and Montaigne, as well as representatives from major music media outlets all across the world.
$50,000 will go to the winner, with second place receiving $10,000 and third place receiving $5,000. The winners will be announced in May. See the full list of finalists below.
2018 VANDA AND YOUNG SONGWRITING COMPETITION SHORTLIST
Abbey Gardner – Weight Of Feeling
Adam Eckersley & Brooke McClymont – Train Wreck
Ainslie Wills – Running Second
Alex Lahey – I Love You Like A Brother
Alfie Arcuri – Same
Alice Ivy – Get Me A Drink
Alice Ivy – Chasing Stars
Amy Shark – Weekends
Amy Shark – Adore
Angie McMahon – Slow Mover
Asha Jefferies – Chaos
Bri Clark – Giving Up
Cookin’ On 3 Burners – Real Life Baby
CXLOE – Monster
Dean Lewis – Be Alright
Florian – Star Crossed Lover
G Flip – About You
Gang of Youths – Do Not Let Your Spirit Wane
Gang of Youths – Let Me Down Easy
Gang of Youths – The Heart Is A Muscle
Gang of Youths – What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?
Georgi Kay – Guilty Pleasures
Georgi Kay – Special
Gordi – Heaven I Know
Gordi – On My Side
Hatchie – Sure
Holly Arrowsmith – Love Together
Holy Holy – True Lovers
Dennis Dowlut and Maxwell Bidstrup – Paper Planes
Jack Carty – Hospital Hill
King IV – Bump
Mallrat – Better
Maya Jupiter – Inshallah
Middle Kids – Mistake
Oh Pep! – Parallel
Ruby Fields – I Want
Ruel – Don’t Tell Me
Tia Gostelow – That’s What You Get
Tim Hansen – Don’t Be A Dick
Timothy Bowen – Anchor