32nd IAWM Search for New Music by Women Composers
The 2013 IAWM Search for New Music by Women Composers has closed
2013 Competition Guidelines
Receipt deadline: March 15, 2013
Ruth Anderson Commission Prize ($1,000) Commission for a new sound installation with electro-acoustic music To apply, submit a detailed proposal of the sound installation. The project must be completed within 12 months of notification of the award. The winner will receive the award money after submitting a report to IAWM following the public showing of the completed installation. Location of the installation may be, but is not restricted to, an IAWM annual concert or congress.
Theodore Front Prize ($300) (minimum age – twenty-two) Large chamber and orchestral works Sponsored by Theodore Front Musical Literature, Inc.
Miriam Gideon Prize ($500) (minimum age – fifty) Works for solo voice and one to five instruments
Sylvia Glickman Memorial Prize ($500) (minimum age – forty) Works for piano trio or quartet, or any combination of 4 instruments drawing from woodwinds, strings, and piano. The work must be unpublished with no professional performance. Given by Harvey Glickman in memory of his wife and supported by the Hildegard Institute.
Libby Larsen Prize ($200) (must be currently enrolled in school) Works for any medium
New Genre Prize ($200) For innovation in form or style, including improvisation, multimedia, use of non-traditional notation. If no score is used, a description of the work and its structure must accompany the audio CD or DVD.
Pauline Oliveros Prize ($150) Works for electro-acoustic media
PatsyLu Prize ($500) (for Black women and/or lesbians) Classical art music in any form or instrumentation
Judith Lang Zaimont Prize ($400) (minimum age – thirty) Extended instrumental compositions—large solo or chamber works—by a composer whose music has not yet been commercially recorded or published
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Prize ($200) (maximum age – twenty-one) Works for any medium
Each prize category has its own monetary award as indicated.
Competition Requirements and Rules
Contestants must be IAWM members or must join before entering ($55 individual, $30 student, $45 senior 65 and over). If you are not a member, include a check for membership with your submission or follow the instructions on the Membership page for becoming a member and paying via Paypal. Paying online via Paypal is recommended to avoid problems cashing checks, especially for members outside the United States.
For current members, remember that the membership year begins January 1. Please check that your dues are up-to-date for 2013.
IMPORTANT: If you are not a member, your entry will not be considered.
A composer may submit only one piece in any given year in only one chosen category. Please do not send more than one composition total. Winners of previous SNM Awards cannot apply for two years subsequent to their award (for 2013, this includes winners of the 2011 and 2012 competitions). There is no restriction on submissions for those who received honorable mentions.
The work submitted must be unpublished by a major publishing house and must have won no prior awards at the time of entry in the competition.Self-published works are allowed. For the Zaimont Prize, the work must also have no plans to be professionally recorded when it is submitted. The Glickman Prize requires the work to be unpublished and unperformed.
No scores or recordings will be returned.
IAWM reserves the right to withhold an award, should the judging panel so recommend.
Contact the Search for New Music Coordinator with questions by sending email to email@example.com. For 2013, the coordinator is Pamela Marshall.
The submission period begins January 15, 2013. Deadline for receipt of materials is March 15, 2013. This is NOT a POSTMARK DEADLINE. Materials can be sent by postal mail or via Internet file-sending services.
Winners will be notified by May 30, 2013. Please check the IAWM website for a complete list of winners shortly after the announcement date.
Your submission can be sent online, the preferred method, or in the mail.
The usual submission is a score and optionally an audio recording. If the work does not have a traditional score, submit a recording or video of the work, or some other format, with a document explaining the structure, parameters, participants’ roles, and any other considerations the composer deems notable.
Submissions are anonymous. Your name must not appear on the score, recording, in the metadata of your file, or any other documentation. Submissions with names on them will be automatically disqualified. The coordinator screens the packages and online files, takes out the application form, and sends the musical materials on to the judges.
Prize category names:
Anderson Front Gideon Glickman Larsen New Genre Oliveros PatsyLu Zaimont Zwilich
The application form is available on the IAWM web site: http://iawm.org/competitions/search-for-new-music/
Via Internet (preferred method)
Composers can email a link for downloading the score, plus optional sound files and supporting materials.
1. Prepare your files in these file formats: PDF for the music score, stereo AIFF or WAV or high-quality MP3 for the recording of the music, PDF for an explanatory document if the music does not have a traditional score. Make sure that your files are virus-free.
2. Name your files with the prize name and your pseudonym, like this: prizename-pseudonym.ext. For example, if your pseudonym is puffin and you are entering the Front category, your files would be: front-puffin.aiff, front-puffin.pdf If you have several audio or score files, add a third descriptor, like front-puffin-mvt1.aiff.
3. Download the Search for New Music application form, available at http://iawm.org/competitions/search-for-new-music/. Fill it out and submit it with your other files. Use the Adobe Acrobat Reader signing feature to attached the filled-in form to an email message.
4. (Optional) Create a ZIP file of your submission.
5. Send your materials to the coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Several methods will work. You can use a file-sending service like yousendit.com, post your files on a web server and send a link, or send your files via email attachment. Note, however, that some email servers do not handle large files.
The Coordinator will confirm receipt of your files via email.
Submitting by Postal Mail
1. Please send two copies of all documentation: two scores (not the original) and, optionally two copies of a recording, and two copies of any additional documentation.
2. For the Larsen Prize, include a statement from your composition teacher verifying your student status or a copy of your course registration. The coordinator will remove the information before forwarding materials to the judges.
3. Download the Search for New Music application form in PDF format, available at http://iawm.org/competitions/search-for-new-music/. Print it, fill it out, and send it with your package.
Send materials before March 15, 2013 to:
IAWM SNM Competition Coordinator
38 Dexter Road
Lexington, MA 02420
You must be a member of IAWM when the Coordinator receives your submission. See above for membership information.