Composition Competition

Composition Competition Guidelines 2017

Austin Classical Guitar is pleased to announce the 11th annual Guitar Ensemble Composition
Competition for Texas-based Composers. The goal of this contest is to encourage Texas
composers to write new music for guitar ensemble and, likewise, to encourage guitar ensembles
to perform new Texas Music!

The competition is open to Texas-based composers only. There is no age limit. Composers may
submit multiple works. Compositions must be written for four parts and have a duration of 4 to
6 minutes. Entries must be playable by beginning to intermediate guitarists. Compositions
submitted must be unpublished and should not have been performed in a public concert. Parts
must be written for standard (6-string) classical guitar without any electronic components
whatsoever. Minor alterations to standard tuning are acceptable.

Eligible entries must be submitted by mail, and include the following:

• 1 cover letter including: Name, address, telephone and email address.
• 1 copy of full score + 1 copy of each part (4 total)
PLEASE NOTE: Scores and parts must be anonymous; the composer’s name should not appear on any page
• 1 CD recording of the entry (MIDI is acceptable)
• $25 Entry Fee (One fee per submission. Make checks payable to: ACG)


Applications must be postmarked by Monday, January 2nd, 2017, and addressed to:
Austin Classical Guitar
PO Box 4072
Austin, TX 78765

Entries will be judged anonymously by Austin Classical Guitar with consideration not only of
compositional integrity but playability and practicality of performance. The winner will be
announced by email to all contestants by Friday, January 30th, 2017. The winning entry will be premiered
at the finale of the ACG Fest on Saturday, April 29th, 2016. The work will be performed by all of
the participants in the festival (approximately 100 guitarists).

The composer of the winning composition should plan to be present at ACG Fest to receive a
$500 prize following the premiere of the work at the finale. The prize will not be divided. The
decision of Austin Classical Guitar will be final.

Austin Classical Guitar makes no claims on any of the entered compositions beyond the right to
premiere the winning composition. Scores will not be returned. Submission of an application to
participate in the competition confirms that the contestants unconditionally accept all the rules as
established in this announcement.