‘Uitgast Festival Prize’ 2022


Uitgast Festival and Ensemble Black Pencil announce an international call for compositions for the unique instrumentation of the ensemble:

recorder, panflute, viola, accordion and percussion, inspired by the theme of 'Music and Nature'.


Submitted works must make use of the full set-up of the ensemble. The inclusion of (live) electronics is possible.The length of the work should be about 3 minutes.


The winning composition will receive a monetary prize of €1.500, and, in addition, two honorary mentions will be awarded. The submissions are evaluated by a professional jury on the basis of creativity, innovation, sound color and compositional quality.


The winning composition will be performed live during Uitgast Festival at Natuurpark Lelystad (The Netherlands) on 04 September 2022. The live performance will be followed by a professional recording.


Deadline for submissions: 01 August 2022.


There is no age limit and no application fee. The competition is open to composers of all nationalities. Any composer is welcome to submit more than one composition.







• 1st prize: €1.500, live performance and a professional recording of the work

• 2 honorary mentions


For detailed information about and how to write for each one of the instruments of Black Pencil,

please visit for composers.


Any questions about the application process should be emailed to productie@blackpencil.org.


Good luck - we look forward to receiving your application!


Candidates should supply:

- Most recent biography of max. 200 words (in English)

- A recent photo of the composer in high resolution

- A program note: a description of the composition.

- If applicable: a brief description of any special features, such as preparation of the instrument(s), electronics, etc.

- The score of the piece, together with the necessary performance instructions in PDF. Please use your real name: a pseudonym is not needed.

- A MIDI file (in mp3 format). We know that the sound is not representative at all, but it helps the players to speed up the learning process of the piece.