Announcing the 2018 competition!

July 12, 2018—Some folks have complained that our initial announcement of the competition was not visible in all of the right places, esp in the microtonal community, and therefore they heard about the competition a bit later than they might have. We have therefore decided to extend the deadline to Wednesday, August 8.

April 4, 2018—UnTwelve is happy to announce the 2018 edition of the Untwelve Microtonal Composition Competition. The competition is an incentive for composers to create microtonal music that demonstrates the vivid color, effectiveness, and inherent musicality of music not written in 12-equal-divisions-of-the-octave. In addition, this year, through our Microtonal Micro-Cosmos Incentive, we will offer additional prize money to a work that advances microtonal pedagogy (the award is named in homage to Bartok's Mikrokosmos).

The judges this year will be: Matthew Rosenblum, Robin Meiksins, and Charles Corey.

Our submission engine will begin accepting your entries on or before May 1, 2018. The competition will close at 11:59 pm Central Standard Time August 8th, 2018. There is no fee for submission. Monetary prizes are in 3 levels this year: $650/$400/$250.

Additionally, we will award the Microtonal Micro-Cosmos Incentive prize of $100 to a/the work that best advances pedagogy of tuning, microtonality or related topics. This could be anything from basic pieces for re-tuned keyboard, a book of vocal exercises, and so forth. Help the world learn and discover microtonality!! Note that these pieces can be submitted as scores only, although a recording is highly recommended. Also, it is possible for a piece to win both one of the 3 main prizes, as well as the pedagogy award.

All entries must follow the following rules:

  1. The contest is international and open to persons of all ages. Board members or direct affiliates to UnTwelve and last year's 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners are excluded.
  2. Only one work per applicant will be considered.
  3. The final audio product - meaning, the composition's musicality, the production quality, the performance (by a human or an electronic or mechanical device) and the compositional skill exhibited in handling an alternate tuning(s) is what is judged. Therefore poor recordings or performances will be a negative factor in adjudication.
  4. A possible exception to this rule is a work competing for the “microtonal pedagogy” prize. This work is more about potential for teaching the world about microtonality, than final recording quality. It will be judged on that potential. However, a work that exhibits a high-quality final recorded product in addition to pedagogical potential might possibly win both a 1st, 2nd or 3rd prize as well as the Incentive Award.
  5. UnTwelve reserves the right to not declare any winners if there aren't any entries of sufficient quality, as deemed by the adjudication process.
  6. Works must be in a tuning or temperament significantly different from 12-tone equal temperament. Such alternative systems include: extended just intonation; any non-12 equal division of the octave; non-octave scales e.g. Bohlen-Pierce; recurrent sequence scales; found or empirically-derived, or "spectral" tunings; or any tunings invented by the composer based on mathematical principles or formulae, etc. See the scala scale archive or the similar web pages for more ideas.
  7. You must describe the tuning(s) used on the entry form. (A suggested and concise way to do so is the Scala ".scl" format just mentioned above--you can copy and paste this onto the entry form.) We will not accept any entry where this information is not present.
  8. Following the competition, UnTwelve reserves the right to have the audio of your entry composition hosted and linked from our website. Finalists must allow public access to their work in this way; and for non-finalists, only in the event of you writing in to request removing audio links will your audio be removed.
  9. By entering your submission, you agree to all of the above these terms.

The submission engine is now officially open.