The Look & Listen Competition submission is now FREE!

The Look & Listen Festival Composers Competition is an annual call-for-submissions to foster and support contemporary composers and music pioneers from all over the world. The winning work is chosen to be featured as part of the upcoming festival in NYC and the composer receives a cash prize of $500.

For this upcoming season, Look & Listen Festival is looking to expand the contemporary vocal repertoire by accepting works for soprano, accordion, cello and clarinet.

The competition is free and open to artists of any age, ethnicity, citizenship, gender and background to apply.

To submit a work, please observe the following guidelines:

  1. Works must be written after 2010
  2. Works must be written for this specific instrumentation:

Soprano, accordion, cello and clarinet


Soprano and accordion


Soprano and banjo

  1. Submissions should include a short biography
  2. Submissions should include a score and mp3, if possible
  3. Limited to 3 submissions per composer
  4. You must obtain all necessary rights to use any text that is not in the public domain.
Deadline: January 1, 2018
Results announced: March 1, 2018

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Note: If your piece has a video component, please put the link to a webpage (vimeo, youtube, etc) in your bio and on the first page of the score. The judges will then access the video while listening to the musical component of your submission.

Technical Note: Please limit the size of your mp3 to under 20MB (under 10 if possible). Please submit only one mp3, if your piece is in movements, combine them into one mp3. There are tools available online to help you do these things. Visit (for both Windows and Mac) and Windows).

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By checking this box you are giving permission to Look & Listen to display excerpts of your submission, including the first few pages of your score and the first 30-60 seconds of the accompanying sound recording on our website. Only the winning work will be displayed. Composer also agrees to allow Look & Listen to make sound and visual recordings of the performance of the piece at the Look & Listen Festival for archival purposes and for possible use on Look & Listen's website, promotional materials, and possible compact disk production and distribution.