Search for New Music

Search for New Music Competition

The IAWM holds an annual composition competition for women composers called the “Search for New Music by Women Composers”, aka SNM. This international competition includes nine different prize categories ranging from chamber and orchestral works to electro-acoustic media, improvisation, and sound installation. Each prize has its own monetary award. Membership in IAWM is required to enter, but contestants may join at the time of entry. The SNM committee administers the competition, receives entries, selects judges and publicizes the contest guidelines and the list of winners.

To find out how to submit your work, read the guidelines online or download them below.

Changes The Zwilich category for young composers is temporarily suspended as we search for sponsorship. Young student composers can submit in the Larsen category. In 2014, SNM began using EasyChair for managing submissions, so there is no need to label your score with a pseudonym. The Pauline Oliveros electroacoustic and New Genre categories from previous competitions were merged.

Ruth Anderson Prize for a New Sound Installation¬† Read this blog post by 2014 winner Sky Macklay for tips on writing a good proposal. The post is hosted on the coordinator’s Elusive Music blog.

2016 IAWM Search for New Music by Women Composers

Guidelines online: SNM 2016 Guidelines

Download guidelines: SNM 2016 Guidelines PDF

To submit:  EasyChair submission page (

Search for New Music Winners

2015 Winners

List of past Search for New Music winners.