Our 9th annual Electronic Music Composition Contest is now open.


Read the rules (below) and ENTER here.

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Musicworks’ annual juried contest spotlights new musical talent from around the world and offers cash prizes and opportunities to be published and heard.


First prize is $500 (Can.), a composer profile in Musicworks 136, Spring 2020 issue (both in print and online) and the composition released on the Musicworks 136 CD.
Second prize is $200 (Can.) and composer coverage on musicworks.ca in 2020.
Third prize is $100 (Can.) and composer coverage on musicworks.ca in 2020.


Compose and submit an experimental piece in any electronic-music genre—acousmatic, electroacoustic, glitch, soundscape, intelligent dance music (IDM), turntable art, or video music.


The contest is open to entries from anywhere in the world and from artists at any stage of their careers. Pieces must be previously unpublished, i.e. not released on a commercially available recording at the time of submission.


Maximum length: 10 minutes.
Accepted file types: MP3 or MP4 only.


Our 2019 EMC Contest closes October 25, 2019.
This is a juried contest. Jurors will not know the identities of the entrants.
Please do not include your name in the filename / title of your submission. Please remove credits if you are submitting video music.
Jury process begins in November 2019. Winners will be notified before the end of February 2020. 

Contest entry fee is $25 (Can.). All entrants receive a FREE, one-year subscription to Musicworks. Additional entries are $5 each, unlimited.


First-place winners of our past Electronic Music Composition Contests:


2018 Manuella Blackburn (Manchester, U.K.)

2017 Erik Ingalls (Windsor, Ontario)

2016 Craig Aalders (Vancouver, British Columbia)

2015 Juan Camilo Vásquez (Bogota, Colombia)

2014 James O’Callaghan (Montreal, Quebec)

2013 Margaret Noble (San Diego, California)

2012 Bennett Jenisch (Los Angeles, California)

2011 Adam Basanta (Montreal, Quebec)