Gilgamesh International Composition Competition 


The Epic of Gilgamesh, from ancient Mesopotamia, begins with five Sumerian poems about Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, dating from the Third Dynasty of Ur (c. 2100 BC). The Epic is recorded on a set of twelve clay tablets dating to the seventh century BC, found in the Library of Ashurbanipal in the Assyrian capital of Nineveh. Gilgamesh became the hero par excellence of the ancient world—an adventurous, brave, but tragic figure symbolizing man's vain but endless drive for fame, glory, and immortality. We are looking for chamber music that is inspired by the story of Gilgamesh and Assyrian culture.


  • Eligibility Any composer regardless of age, nationality or professional level is eligible.

  • Instrumentation  Full scores of any style or aesthetic direction for 1-8 performers may be submitted. One Instrument per player: Flute (Piccolo), B-flat Clarinet (Bass Clarinet), French Horn, Violin, Cello, Harp, Percussion (List of available percussion instruments) & Duduk. 

  • Duration 5-8 minutes maximum; multi-movement works accepted.

  • Entry fee A non-refundable entry fee of fifteen US dollars (15.00 USD) is paid online at the time of submission via PayPal. Please contact us if you don't have access to PayPal.*

  • Limit Unlimited entries allowed; Submission Fee for each additional

  • Anonymous Submission The composer's name must not appear on the score or in any accompanying materials submitted online.

  • Judges A panel of judges consisting of international composers.


  • Format Anonymous PDF; Works do not need to be premieres

  • Audio Recording Live Performance, Studio Recording or MIDI, preferred, but not mandatory

  • Biography PDF of a bio and/or resume (two pages maximum)


  • 1st Place$1500

  • 2nd Place$750

  • 3rd Place$350

  • Additional awards 8 pieces will be performed and recorded (audio and video) at the event in Los Angeles, California. Additional awards and performances may be given at the discretion of the judges.


  • Competition Opens: Monday, April 13, 2020

  • Scores Due: Sunday, January 1, 2021

  • Announcement of Performance Winners: Monday, February 1, 2021

  • Performance & Final Prize Announcement: Spring, 2021

Additional Documents


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* ​Entries must be submitted and paid for online by Sunday, January 1, 2021, 11:59 PM

* If the entry fee is a barrier for submission, please contact us. we will work with your personal situation to ensure admission to the competition.

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