The MIGF composition competition will be presided by the world-renowned composer Orlando Jacinto Garcia (FIU) and joined by two other distinguished judges: the Emmy award-winning composer Carlos Rafael Rivera (University of Miami) and the Fulbright scholar/composer Jacob Sudol (FIU). The competition welcomes composers to submit new guitar compositions for solo guitar (with or without electronics).

General Guidelines

  • Open to composers of all ages and nationalities.
  • Compositions submitted must be written for solo guitar.
  • Compositions must be written for the six-stringed classical guitar.
  • Alternate tunings are acceptable.
  • Fixed media and/or live electronics may be included (fixed media refers to any type of pre-recorded sounds that can be computer generated or samples of anything but are fixed or pre-recorded).
  • Compositions submitted must be in a duration of no more than 10 minutes (8 minutes or less preferred).
  • Composers may submit multiple works.
  • Compositions submitted must be unpublished (not published by a commercial publishing house) and should not have been previously awarded at MIGF.
  • Previously submitted compositions (with the exception of winning compositions) for the past MIGF competitions may be re-submitted with a different pseudonym.


Application Deadline: November 6, 2020. DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL NOVEMBER 16, 2020 11:59PM EST
Application Fee: $25 for each work. Multiple works may be submitted (each additional work must be accompanied by an additional application fee).
Application materials and fees must be submitted and paid online no later than November 16, 2020 by 11:59 pm EST.
All submissions to the competition should include the following:

1. First, complete online payment at the FIU Ticket Office. After completing payment, please make a pdf copy of your payment receipt/ticket. Application fees are non-refundable.

Online Payment

2. Download and fill out the application form (PDF). The application form is a fillable pdf that may be filled out on the computer or printed and filled out manually. Either way, it must be printed and signed before submitting via email in the next step.

3. Please submit the following materials along with the completed application form (PDF) via email with attachments to mozgen@fiu.edu. The subject line of the email should read “MIGF Composition Competition 2021” followed by your full name.

  • Score of the submitted work in PDF format. All pages of the pdf should be anonymous (without the real name of the composer) and the first page of score (and parts) should be labeled with a pseudonym (nickname), title of the work, and date of composition only.
  • If the composition includes electronics, provide the tape or maxpat file or a website link for the fixed media (if any).
  • If available, a recording of the submitted work in mp3 audio file format is recommended (make sure the mp3 file is anonymous and does not include any identifying information about the composer and performer) (MIDI is acceptable in mp3 format) .
  • Completed application form (PDF).
  • PDF copy of your payment receipt/ticket.
Application Form


  • One winner and one honorable mention will be selected.
  • The winner will receive $1,000 cash prize.*
  • The winning composition will be performed at MIGF.
  • The winner and honorable mention will receive a free festival pass for all events.
  • Judges have the right to award all or some of the prizes or none.
  • Winning compositions will be announced at the opening concert of the festival on February 20, 2021, and posted online at migf.fiu.edu/news as well as facebook.com/migf.fiu.edu

*Per U.S. IRS regulations, prizes may be subject to 30% federal tax withholding for foreign prize-winners. U.S. prize-winners will be issued an IRS-1099 Form.

2021 MIGF Composition Competition Results

Winner: Bence Hartl (Hungary)
Composition: Variations on a theme of Liszt

Honorable Mention: Mauro Godoy Villalobos (Sweden)
Composition: Crepúsculo

2020 MIGF Composition Competition Results

Winner: Angel Gomez Ramos (Mexico)
Composition: Partita for solo guitar

Honorable Mention: Hugo Vasco Reis (Portugal)
Composition: Metamorphosis and Resonances for solo guitar

2019 MIGF Composition Competition Results

Winner: Alexandre Eisenberg (Brazil)
Composition: Pentalogia for solo guitar

Honorable Mention: Not awarded

2018 MIGF Composition Competition Results

Winner: Hakkı Cengiz Eren (Turkey)
Composition: Three Portals for solo guitar

Honorable Mention: Konstantin Bliokh (Ukraine)
Composition: Sonata for solo guitar

2017 MIGF Composition Competition Results

Winner: Hachè Costa (Spain)
Composition: Õ | Omaggio to Federico García Lorca for solo guitar

Honorable Mention: Eric Verbugt (The Netherlands)
Composition: Three quarks for Muster Mark! for solo guitar

2016 MIGF Composition Competition Results

Emerging Composers Category Winner: Samuel M. Wells
Composition: “stringstrung for solo guitar and digital media”

Emerging Composers Category Honorable Mention: Nathan L. Bredeson
Composition: “Hommage à Paulo Bellinati for two guitars”

Young Composers Category Winner: Mallory S. Strom
Composition: “Music for Three Guitars”


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