Art Song Contest 2011 Opens for Submissions

Composer Randall West and the Beacon Street Chamber Players, featuring soprano Samantha Stein, rehearse at Curtiss Hall in Chicago for the May 2010 concert

PLEASE NOTE: Deadline extended until February 21st!

Memorious: A Journal of New Verse and Fiction welcomes poetry submissions for our annual Art Song Contest, in which we work together with the Chicago group SONG (Singers on New Ground) to bring together poets and composers for the creation of original contemporary art song. The selected poet will have his or her work set by our guest composer, performed live in Chicago, and recorded and published online in an issue of Memorious.

Our 2011 guest composer will be Luke Gullickson. Gullickson studied composition and piano at the University of Texas at Austin (MM) and Illinois Wesleyan University (BA), and harmony and counterpoint at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris with EAMA ( European American Musical Alliance). He has received a TD Jazz Fellowship at the Banff Center,  and was Artist-in-Residence at Joshua Tree Naitonal Park.  His music was featured in two national conferences of the Society of Composers, and he has spent the last few summers in Colorado playing piano and music directing for Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre. He is a member of ASCAP and the American Music Center.

Submission guidelines: The composer will be selecting three short pieces by one poet: these may be three separate poems, a sequence of three poems, or a longer poem in three parts. Only previously unpublished work will be considered. Please send an email with a brief bio and 3-6 short poems (no more than 30 lines each) or one long poem (no more than 100 lines), all included in both the email and a word attachment to by February 21, 2011. The winner will be selected by the composer and the editors of Memorious, and finalists will be considered for publication in the journal.

You can listen to the results of last year’s contest, featuring composer Randall West and the poems of Jill McDonough, in issue 14 of Memorious, where you can also read SONG director Eric Malmquist’s introduction to art song and Randall West’s composer notes.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Margo LaGattuta says:

    Dear Editors, can the poems submitted to your contest be previously published?

    Thanks, Margo LaGattuta

  2. memoriousmag says:

    Thank you for your question, Margo. I’ve updated the call for submissions to reflect that we are accepting previously unpublished work only.

  3. jenneandrews says:

    ove this, Dorianne. Your poems are stunning and you have the rubber man down, for sure; saw him in 70 in Colorado in an eyelet suit and he was mobbed by even the normally circumspect SDS women as he got back in his limo. Now there’s an image…xxJenne’

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