The Newly Published Music Competition is for commercially published works. While anyone may submit a work, the competition recognizes the publisher. Though the competition regularly examines new compositions for flute, it is not, per se, a competition for new compositions for flute. The panel of judges considers both the quality of the publication and the quality of the musical content.
The winning publications will be performed, if possible, during the 2021 NFA Convention or during a subsequent convention and will also be given high priority as required works for subsequent NFA competitions. Winners, finalists, and honorable mentions will be recognized on the NFA’s website, displayed in the exhibit hall during the convention, and deposited in the NFA Music Library at the University of Arizona. Any new publication or newly re-edited publication for solo flute, flute and electronics, flute and keyboard, flute duet/trio/quartet, flute choir, flute plus one to five instruments, woodwind quintet, and pedagogical works for flute published during 2020 is eligible. If a piece is written for multiple instruments, all parts should be submitted with the score. Any publication not bearing a 2020 copyright mark must be accompanied by a statement attesting that the work will receive its first publication during this period. The NFA reserves the right to disqualify any submission that in its judgment fails to reflect the spirit of these rules of eligibility.
Please note that the term “flute” means any member of the transverse flute family including the piccolo and baroque traverso. This competition does not consider works for the recorder or whistle-like instruments. The term “keyboard” means piano, harpsichord, keyboard percussion, or electronic synthesizer.
For performance publications, whenever possible, include a performance on CD of the submitted work with which you are artistically satisfied and that accurately reflects the composer’s or editor’s intentions. Though it is not a requirement, the recording is extremely important to the adjudication process. Recordings cannot be returned.
All submissions become the property of the NFA. Submissions not deposited in the NFA Music Library will be given to local libraries and flute clubs after the convention.
Entries must be postmarked by January 5, 2021 and received by January 12, 2021.