Composition Competition

Composers of any age or nationality may apply. The winning composition will be performed at Boston GuitarFest 2018. In addition to the free 5-day registration to GuitarFest 2018, the winner receives a $1,000 prize, along with travel and lodging support to attend the performance. The Composition Competition is supported by the New England Conservatory of Music and the Northeastern University Department of Music.

For any questions about the composition competition, contact Daniel S. Godfrey at

2016 Composition Competition

Winner 1st place: “Piena Catú: Fantasía en 3 movimientos” by Matías Tozzola


Daniel S. Godfrey

Anthony De Ritis

Enric Madriguera

Apostolos Paraskevas



Works for Solo Guitar Applicants should submit a work for solo guitar (no more than 15 minutes); multi-movement works are acceptable, but composers are not encouraged to submit more than one work overall. No published, or previously awarded compositions should be submitted. Works must be composed for the six-stringed classical guitar. The real name of the composer should only appear on the first page of the submitted score(s). Special attention will be given to works reflecting this year’s Latin-American theme.


Deadline: June 5, 2017

E-mail submissions in PDF format are preferred: If available, a recording of the submitted work is highly recommended and may also be forwarded via e-mail (MP3 audio file preferred).

A completed submission form (PDF) must be included.

There is no submission fee for the Composition Competition.

Submission by regular mail should include one bound copy of the score and audio cd if available, along with the completed submission form (PDF). No works will be returned. Please do not send originals. Submit by mail to:

Composition Competition
GuitarFest 2017
Department of Music Northeastern University
351 Ryder Hall
Boston, MA 02115


Download Submission Form