Artwork by  Carmonn French

Artwork by Carmonn French

Pythia Prize 

Applications for the 2018 Pythia Prize will open on November 7th, 2018. 

The Pythia Prize is an annual commission project that will see an Australian female or non-binary identifying 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.

Applications for this opportunity will open on November 7th, 2018 through the Rubiks website. The winner of the Pythia Prize will be announced at a special event on November 29th, 2018.

Key Dates:

Applications open November 7th, 2018
Applications due midnight, November 23rd, 2018
Winner announced November 29, 2018 at a special event to be announced soon
Workshopping Period Throughout 2019 (to be negotiated between Rubiks and Pythia composer)
Completed Score Due October 1st, 2019
World Premiere of New Work December 5th, 2019

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 non-binary identifying 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.