A composition contest for Halloween
Rules, Instructions and Awards
It's time for our 5th Annual Scary Sixty Seconds contest!
Rules for writing your Scary piece:
- Must be exactly 60 seconds long
- Must include a full score for all instruments used
- Can use any instruments, but no sound effects
- One entry per person, please
- Sept 5-30: Declare your intention to enter - declaration period ends midnight EST Sep 30
- Oct 21: Deadline for submitting entry - midnight EST Oct 21
- Oct 23-31: Online voting - voting closes at midnight EST Halloween night, Oct 31
- Nov 1: SHORTLIST WINNERS ANNOUNCED
- Nov 1: Live audience votes on the shortlist winners
- Nov 2: FINAL WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Declare your intention to enter - DEADLINE IS MIDNIGHT EST WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 30:
- Must be a member of VirtualArtists to enter - membership is free and easy - Sign Up
- Your Profile URL can be found on the front page of VirtualArtists - Community
- Have your VIrtualArtists Profile URL ready before going to the next step
- Declare your intention by creating a competition profile here: http://Scary2015.vGames.club
- You may use your real name or create a Halloween "alias"
Submitting entry - DEADLINE IS MIDNIGHT EST WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 21
- Save the audio version of your completed piece as an .mp3 - How to create .mp3 files from Finale or Sibelius
- Save the score of your completed piece as a .pdf
- Sign in to your competition profile at http://Scary2015.vGames.club
- Required: Upload your mp3 under Audio Tab of your competition profile
- Required: Upload your pdf file under File Tab of your competition profile
- Required: Upload a picture for your competition profile (Avatar)
- Optional: Upload any of the following to your competition profile - picture for your entry, blog about your entry
- Top winners will be decided by online voting on VirtualArtists
- Online voting period is 10/23/15 - 10/31/15
- All short list winners will be presented at our Halloween Concert and Party in Chapel Hill, NC.
- The list of winners will be finalized by audience vote at the concert
- FIRST PRIZE : $100.00 - piece is added to the archives
- SECOND PRIZE: $50.00 - piece is added to the archives
- THIRD PRIZE - piece is added to the archives
- All composers will upload and share their scores to verify originality and to teach us all some composition tricks!
- You can hear the winning pieces for the past two years at http://Scary2015.vGames.club
Congratulations and best of luck to the 54 composers who have declared their intention to enter this competition! You now have until October 21 midnight EDT to submit your piece, along with pictures, an optional story, and a score. All your submissions should be added to your profile at http://Scary2015.vGames.club. Have fun!
We have removed the email verification step to make it easier to sign up in our new Scary 2015 site.
This competition gives you many opportunities to be creative and to get more votes from families and listeners all over the world! Don't forget to:
1. Add an interesting profile picture/avatar (required) and a creative name (optional). Your real name will be revealed when the voting period ends on Halloween night. The Scary2015 site knows who you are, so you can give a fun name to your listening public. Your entry won't appear in the public list until you upload an avatar.
2. Add a picture for your piece (optional). Listeners will be drawn to the pieces that have a visual appeal.
3. Write a short blog about your piece (optional), telling us all what makes it so special, or how you wrote it.
4. Carefully doublecheck your email address. Several incorrectly spelled emails have bounced back. Without a correct email address, your entry can't be completed.
Your piece will be showcased to thousands of people, both during and after the competition. So give it your best!