Announcing the Women in Music Festival Inaugural Student Composition Challenge!

This year, the Festival is hosting a very exciting composition challenge for emerging composers who are still at school: female, non-binary and male composers.

The Festival is partnering with the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) to offer students the chance to write a short piece - inspired by poetry - for a prescribed ensemble or instruments from that ensemble, namely soprano, flute, piano and percussion.

A panel made up of some of Australia’s finest musicians will select a number of pieces to be performed at a concert in November 2020 (date tbc).   


· Five compositional categories are open to student female/non-binary or male composers who may submit in one of the following genres: Indigenous (the composer must identify as Indigenous), Classical, Games, Film or Jazz.

NOTE: A $200 prize is available in each category, plus a professionally typeset printed copy of the score which will be presented to the composer by the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB).


· The composition must be original and written by a current primary or secondary school student.


· The composition must be scored for one of or a combination of the following:one soprano, one flute, piano, percussion, and inspired by the poetry of Patricia Sykes or Ben Lawson as follows - 

ropes 2

upside down you’re a

circus gypsy a wanderer

on a rope who swings

and sings to herself

knowing an upturned world

makes the proper sense

Patricia Sykes

Published in the collection Wire Dancing by Spinifex Press. Ropes 2 arose out of Patricia's experiences as a performer with The Women’s Circus, a Footscray Community Arts Centre project.

· The composition must be between two and three minutes in duration. Longer pieces will not be accepted.

· The composition must be presented as a written score - whether handwritten or typeset - uploaded as a pdf and emailed to along with the composer’s name, age, school, email (a parent or school email address is fine), a copy of the submission fee payment receipt and anything the composer would like the judges to know about the composition, together with an $20 administration fee, by the due date being September 8, 2020.

· The composer/guardian gives written permission for the piece to be performed during the Festival at a time and place to be decided by the judging panel.

· The composer/guardian gives written permission for the piece to be broadcast in any medium nominated by the judging panel.

· The decision of the judging panel is final and no correspondence regarding the winning piece/s will be entered into.

· The judging panel reserve the right to withhold awarding a prize in any category.

Submissions close at 5pm on 8 September 2020.


Payment can be made by either direct bank transfer or PayPal.

To pay via Direct Bank Transfer please use the following details:

ACCOUNT NAME: Women In Music Festival

BSB: 063 262

ACCOUNT NO.: 1097 5519

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