Young Composers’ Competition

The annual ASME Queensland Young Composers’ Competition provides the opportunity for young composers from across the state to submit their own works for critique and assessment by our adjudicators who work as professional composers in Australia and vie for a prize at our awards ceremony. Previous entrants and winners of the Young Composers’ Competition have gone on to study composition at a tertiary level or work in the music industry as professional composers. The Senior Vocal/Instrumental prize is presented as a memorial to Matthew Sorensen, a former winner of the Young Composers’ Competition. ASME Qld is forever grateful to Matthew’s family for their generous support of this prize.

See the 2021 Prize-Winning Entries


Young Composers from Years 1 to 12 attending a Queensland school can enter their works across three sections in 2021: Electronic/Film Music, Song Writing and Vocal/Instrumental. Scroll down for full details on this year’s competition.

All entries for YCC are to be submitted electronically. Online entries are open now.



Entries for 2021 will be accepted in all sections for the following age divisions:

  • Primary: Students enrolled in Years 1 to 6
  • Middle: Students enrolled in Years 7 to 9
  • Senior: Students enrolled in Years 10 to 12

The 2021 Entry Fees for the competition across all sections will be:

  • Primary Division: $15 per entry
  • Middle & Senior Divisions: $20 per entry


Please Note: Monetary value of all prizes will be awarded either in cash or gift vouchers.

Primary Divisions

  • First: $50
  • Second: $30
  • Third: $20

Middle Divisions

  • First: $80
  • Second: $50
  • Third: $30

Senior Divisions

  • First: $130
  • Second: $70
  • Third: $50



Length of entry:

Senior: Min. 2 mins, 32 bars; Max. 5 mins

Middle: Min. 1 min, 16 bars: Max. 5 mins

Primary: Min. 30 sec, 8 bars: Max. 3 mins

Submission file types:

Vocal/Instrumental Section – PDF and mp3 file

Electronic Music Section – wav file is preferred but mp3 file is accepted. Also, 2-4 screenshots of arranging window (click here for examples)

Songwriting Section – wav file is preferred but mp3 file is accepted

A short paragraph outlining the intent of the composition must be included and submitted in PDF format.

Highly commended students will receive a prize from 4MBS.