Congratulations to the 2018 Composition Competition Winner:

Roman Czura (Katowice, Poland) - Capriccio e Aria for solo guitar

Roman's winning work will be performed in the 2019 Boston GuitarFest!

2018 Honorable Mention:

Jordan Chase (Baltimore, MD) - Nevermore for solo guitar


Composers of any age or nationality may apply. The winning composition will be performed at Boston GuitarFest 2019.

In addition to the free 5-day registration to GuitarFest 2019, 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


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 1, 2018

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.

How to submit

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