Artwork by  Carmonn French

Artwork by Carmonn French

Pythia Prize 

The Pythia Prize is an annual commission project that will see an Australian female or gender nonconforming composer collaborate with Rubiks to create a new work.  The 2017 Pythia Prize winner was Samantha Wolf, and her piece ‘Want Not’ received performances in Melbourne, Sydney, Darmstadt, Berlin, Manchester and Amsterdam as part of Rubiks’ first international tour.

Key Dates:

Applications open October 14th, 2019
Applications due 11.59pm, November 4th, 2019
Winner announced December 5th, 2019 at Sculptress
Workshopping Period Throughout 2020 (to be negotiated between Rubiks and Pythia composer)
Completed Score Due August 1st, 2020
World Premiere of New Work September 21st, 2020

The Pythia composer will receive an honorarium of $4000 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 female and gender nonconforming Australian composers. Applicants do not need to be currently residing in Australia, and there is no age limit for this prize. 

Application Requirements

  • Completed Application Form

  • Three score examples and recordings of previous works, including at least one chamber work and one work featuring one of the core Rubiks instruments (flute, cello, piano/keyboard or percussion). Maximum time limit of each work or excerpt should be 10 minutes.

  • CV and Biography

Submission Process

Applications will be assessed by members of Rubiks Collective. Any questions should be emailed to  Applicants will receive an acknowledgement receipt of materials within one week of submission.

Past Winners
Christine McCombe (2018)
Samantha Wolf (2017)