SCI Call for Submissions SCI Journal of Music Scores

March 15, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, Conference by mwhiteside

The Society of Composers, Inc. is pleased to announce a call for works for Volume 56 and 57 of the Society of Composers Journal of Music Scores. To see an archive of past SCI Journals, please visit:

Deadline: May 31, 2016, 11:59 pm EST.
Prize: Inclusion on Volume 56 or 57 of the SCI Journal of Music Scores.
Fee: None.

Submission Guidelines

All submissions must be made at Submissions sent via email, post, or other methods will not be considered.

Only current members of SCI are eligible to apply. To become a member of SCI, visit:

Composers may submit one composition for consideration. This work may be for any instrumentation, for any number of performers, and in any style, including electroacoustic music. Composers whose works have been included in the previous five volumes of the Journal are ineligible to apply.

All submitted scores and recordings must be ANONYMOUS. Any element that may reveal the composer must be removed. This includes composer’s name from all pages (front matter and copyright included), dedications, catalogue information, and file names.

Scores should be no more than 25 pages long and must be legible when reduced to 8.5×11 dimensions (portrait or landscape acceptable).

All score submissions must be uploaded a single, anonymous .pdf document containing the entirety of the score and all front matter. Multi-movement works must include all movements in a SINGLE .pdf file.

Submitting a recording is optional but preferred. Multi-movement works must include all movements in a single audio file. For submissions, accepted audio formats include .aif, .wav. and .mp3.

A panel of professional composers will judge each anonymous entry independently. Scores will be adjudicated for both their musical content and for the quality and clarity of their engraving. The resulting scores will be tabulated with the highest scoring works selected for inclusion. Submitting composers will be notified of the panel’s decision by the end of the summer.

Any questions can be directed to Annie Neikirk:


Q. Why should I submit to the Journal?

A. The Journal is a peer-reviewed submission. This distinction often weighs heavily in promotion and tenure processes.

Q. How are the pieces selected to appear in the Journal?

A. A panel of professional composers from across the country critiques the anonymous works independently. Those pieces that receive the highest combined scores are selected for inclusion.

Q. Can I submit the same work to the SCI CD Series?

A. Yes, but you must additionally follow the directions for the SCI CD Series call. You will be uploading your document twice in such a case. The judging panel is different for each call.

Q. When will the Journal be published?

A. Be aware that it generally takes a year or more from the time the works are selected to the time they go to print. SCI appreciates your understanding of the time and effort involved in printing a professional publication in our all-volunteer organization.

Q. Can I submit this year if my work was selected for a previous journal?

A. Composers who have had works included in the last five volumes of the Journal are ineligible to apply.