Artwork by  Carmonn French

Artwork by Carmonn French

Pythia Prize 

Applications for the 2018 Pythia Prize will open in October, 2018. 

The Pythia Prize is a new commission project that will see an Australian female composer annually collaborate with Rubiks to create a new work.  The 2017 Pythia Prize winner’s piece will be performed in both Australia and Europe, featuring in Rubiks’ first international appearances in July.

Applications for this opportunity will open on September 4th, 2017 through the Rubiks website. The winner of the Pythia Prize will be announced at our Meredith Monk portrait concert on October 23, at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Key Dates:

Applications open September 4th, 2017
Applications due midnight, September 25th, 2017
Winner notified October 9th, 2017
Winner announced October 23, 2017 at 75 Years: A Portrait of Meredith Monk
Workshopping Period Early 2018 (to be negotiated between Rubiks and Pythia composer)
Completed Score Due April 1, 2018
World Premiere of New Work in Germany July, 2018
Australian Premiere of New Work August, 2018

The Pythia composer will receive an honorarium of $2000 and a recording of Rubiks performing the new work. If the Pythia composer resides outside of Melbourne, interstate travel and accommodation will be provided for one workshopping period and the premiere performance.


The Pythia Prize is open to self-identifying female Australian composers. There is no age limit for this prize. 

Application Requirements

  • Completed Application Form (download here)
  • Three score examples and recordings of previous works, including at least one chamber work. Maximum time limit of each work or excerpt should be 15 minutes. These are to be submitted via Dropbox link.
  • CV and Biography

Submission Process

All application materials should be emailed to
Rubiks will acknowledge receipt of your materials within one week of submission.