Ready to Submit to Our 2020 Electronic Music Composition Contest?


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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 139, Spring 2021 issue (print and online), and the composition released on the Musicworks 139 CD.

Second prize is $200 Can. and composer coverage on in 2021.

Third prize is $100 Can. and composer coverage on in 2021.

NEW! The Marcelle Deschênes Prize in Electronic Music / Prix Marcelle Deschênes pour la musique électronique is $300, coverage in Musicworks 139, Spring 2021 issue, and the composition released on the Musicworks 139 CD.

Learn more about the new EMC Contest prize . . .



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


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 Pieces must be previously unpublished, i.e. not released on a commercially available recording at the time of submission.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.

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.

Extension! Contest closes Friday November 6, 2020

Jury process begins in late November 2020. Winners will be notified before the end of February 2021.

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

Meet the first-place winners of previous Electronic Music Composition Contest and get inspired by their winning works!
2019 Alex Buck (Brazil / California)
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)