‘Black Pencil in Schokland’ Prize 2022


Submission period

Mon Apr 25 at 04AM UTC

End of submission period

Wed Jun 1 at 10:59PM UTC

Results date

Thu Jun 30 at 04PM UTC
Museum Schokland (the central point of the UNESCO world heritage site of Schokland and Surroundings) and Ensemble Black Pencil are announcing an international call for short compositions of ca. 60 seconds for a solo instrument, which invites composers to be inspired by the former island of Schokland.

Many poems have been written about the former island of Schokland and the area of outstanding beauty around it; its peculiar history, the visible and invisible monuments and the landscape can also be a rich source of inspiration for composers. The aim of the initiative is to strengthen the connection between cultural heritage and new music.

Composers from all over the world are invited to submit a composition of approximately 60 seconds in length, inspired by Schokland, for a solo instrument from the instrumentation of the ensemble Black Pencil (recorder, panflute, viola, accordion, percussion). The winning composition will receive a monetary prize of €1.500, and, in addition, four honorary mentions will be awarded. The submissions are evaluated by the jury, consisting of the Black Pencil members and composer Roderik de Man, on the basis of creativity, innovation, sound color and compositional quality.

The selected short compositions will be performed live during Sound Walk Schokland on 10th July and 28th August 2022, along a walking route across the former island of Schokland. Live performances of the works will follow again in Schokland in the summer of 2023. In addition the works will be professionally recorded, and used to create soundscapes that the visitors can access through QR codes, allowing the public to listen to the music when walking in the location throughout the year.

Deadline for submissions: 01 June 2022.

There is no age limit and no application fee. The competition is open to composers of all nationalities. Please understand that given the purpose of the short compositions as part of the walking route, the duration of your solo work should not exceed 60 seconds.

Details are available at web pages: