Songs by rising Sydney talent Odette, Nashville-based Novocastrian country singer and songwriter Morgan Evans, and chart-topping electronic music duo The Presets are among the Top 40 finalists for the prestigious 2019 Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition, announced Monday.

Odette (‘A Place That I Don’t Know’ and ‘Take It To The Heart’) The Presets (‘Downtown Shutdown’ and ‘Martini’) are two-time nominees, as are ARIA breakthrough artist winner Ruel (‘Dazed & Confused’ and ‘Younger’) and Perth singer and songwriter Bri Clark (‘Don’t Love Me’ and ‘What If I Break Your Heart’), who will compete for a range of cash prizes including a lump sum of $50,000 for the big winner.

Odette, ‘A Place That I Don’t Know’

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Other familiar names in the final batch include Dean Lewis, CXLOE, Emma Louise, Far East Movement, Holy Holy, Jarryd James, Matt Corby and more, while Françoistunes, NYNE and Hayley Mengel are tipped as ones to watch.

The final round features 23 first-timers and a good proportion are newcomers, with roughly a third of the top 40 listed as “unpublished.”

Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition
Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition

All told, the short list has been whittled down from 3,683 entries from 48 countries, and in the process raising a six-figure sum for good causes.