UPDATE: Musicworks’ 2016 Sonic Geography Writing Contest Deadline Extended!

In Writing (all kinds) on August 2, 2016 at 5:10 PM





Juried contest offers top three winners cash prizes and publication in Canada’s acclaimed magazine about experimental music and sound art

For immediate release: TORONTO, CANADA, August 2, 2016Musicworks’ 2016 contests are open to receive entries from anywhere in the world! Musicworks is Canada’s only print magazine that explores experimental music. Its two annual juried contests spotlight new literary and musical talent, offering cash prizes and opportunities to be published and heard.

Sonic Geography Writing Contest: The external made internal in the sonic city. “Field recordings” of literary classics. The sounds of bugs and telephone wires by the ocean. Winners of the Sonic Geography contest have been sensually attentive and formally inventive. Choose any location—urban or rural, indoors or outside, cacophonous or mysteriously quiet. You have 500 words to describe how sound shapes your experience. So open your ears, and pick up your pencils.

  • Accepted file types: PDF only.
  • Maximum length per entry: 500 words
  • Contest entry fee is C$25,and includes a one-year subscription to Musicworks (less than our normal subscription rate!). $5 for each additional entry (unlimited).

First Prize: $500 cash AND your work published in Musicworks and on

Second Prize: $200 cash AND your work published on

Third Prize: $100 cash AND your work published on

Also check out our Electronic Music Composition Contest: Compose a piece in one of the following experimental genres: Acousmatic, Electroacoustic, Glitch, Intelligent Dance Music, Turntable art, or Video music. Maximum time: 10 minutes. Accepted file types: MP3 or MP4 only.

2016 Contest prize details, eligibility and assessment criteria, and entry forms can be found at:

Visit our contest landing page and peruse the work of our 2015 contest winners!

Since 1978, Musicworks has been dedicated to the development of new and passionate audiences for experimental music. Published three times a year with accompanying CDs, Musicworks features in-depth articles on Canadian and international composers, improvisers, instrument designers, and artists who work in genres such as radio, electroacoustics, concert music, sound installation, and sound sculpture. With a dynamic website and outreach programs, Musicworks creates an inclusive community within which to exchange and develop ideas, and excite curious listeners with adventurous music.


Patrick Wakisaka

Circulation and Marketing Assistant


401 Richmond Street W. Suite #358

Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5V 3A8

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