National Music Chair:
Kathy Pate
Atlanta Branch, Georgia

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2020 Biennial Music Competitions Call for Submissions

General Guidelines

Open to all NLAPW Music members in good standing. Previous Biennial or Vinnie Ream contest entries not accepted. First-prize winner of the 2018 award must recuse herself from the 2020 competition.

Works that specifically refer to the 50th Biennial of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc., are encouraged.

CDs must be formatted as an audio CD, typical file formats are .mp3 and .wav.  No CDs, DVDs or scores/lead sheets will be returned.

Submissions for the Biennial Music competition must be received between November 1, 2019 and January 31, 2020. Include an entry fee of $35 with each submission.

Competition winners will be notified in February 2020 in anticipation of the Biennial in April 2020. Winners will receive awards at the Biennial. If winner is not present, prize award will be sent to the winner after May 1, 2020.

Prize awards are: 1st place $500, 2nd place $300, 3rd place $100.  Decisions of the independent judge are final.

Specific Guidelines

Original musical composition must be between 3 and 12 minutes. Entries can be for solo or small ensembles. Any instrumentation is acceptable. Choreography can be for up to five dancers.

Entries will be considered for possible performances in 2020-’21. Possible venues include the 2020 Biennial plus individual branch meetings throughout 2020-’21.

Submission formats (select the format appropriate for your composition):

     a. For nontraditional compositions, submit two lead sheets with melody, lyrics and chord symbols, along with two CDs of the composition. If electronic music is synthesized and not notated, submit two CDs or DVDs of the work; a short narrative describing the intent of the work would be helpful.

     b. For traditional composition, submit two legibly scored copies of the musical composition, and two accompanying CD recordings of the composition performed.

     c. For choreography, send choreography notation, with a DVD recording of the choreography being performed.

     d. Only the title of the composition must appear on all written and recorded materials. Do NOT include your name. CDs/DVDs will not be returned.

On a separate cover sheet or a 3×5 index card, include your name, contact information, and the category and title of your work.

Send entries (with check made payable to NLAPW) to National Music Chair Kathy Pate, NLAPW,  1300 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036-1973. Entry fee may also be paid PayPal below. Email questions to


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