International Alliance for Women in Music


Search for New Music Competition

The IAWM holds an annual composition competition for IAWM Members who identify as women composers called the “Search for New Music by Women Composers”, aka SNM. This international competition includes several  prize categories ranging from chamber and orchestral works to electro-acoustic media, improvisation, and sound installation. Each prize has its own monetary award. Membership in IAWM is required to enter, but contestants may join at the time of entry. Entries are anonymous. The SNM committee administers the competition, receives entries, selects judges and publicizes the contest guidelines and the list of winners.

See the 2018 winners of the Search for New Music Competition here.

For more information, please see Submission Guidelines.

Please submit via New Music Engine.


View list of past Search for New Music winners here.

Ruth Anderson Prize for a New Sound Installation  Read this blog post by 2014 winner Sky Macklay for tips on writing a good proposal. The post is hosted on the coordinator’s Elusive Music blog.