A new Eurovision season has started today – and SVT is already on the look for their song for Stockholm. The Swedish national broadcaster has just posted the rules for the 2016 Melodifestivalen and composers are invited to send in their songs until Wednesday 16th September, 08:59.

As per last year’s contest, only 28 songs – and not 32 – will be part of the competition. One of the entry will come from the competition Svensktoppen nästa and will be known on September 6th, after the final will be held in Liseberg, Göteborg. Last year, Svensktoppen nästa gave the opportunity to Kalle Johansson to be part of the competition.

The selection will be still divided into two contests: a regular one (for established composers) and a “public contest” that will select 5 songs from unknown composers. Being selected for the top 5 in the public contest does not give direct access to the competition, but puts the selected songs in the top 100 list of potential candidates for 2016.

50% of the songs will be composed or co-composed by a female author.

You can find the full rule in english here.

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