I never took any composition classes, so I missed guidelines on preparing a score (hard-copy, printed) for submission to contests, publishers, whatever.

My pieces look good in  pdf files and they print out nicely on 8x11 inch sheets of paper.

What is the best way to bind these pages?  Do you take your scores to a pro print shop or do you just put them through a 3 hole punch and put them in a paper folder ?   Is 8x11 inch pages okay, or should I put them on larger sizes of paper, like ???

Is this the wrong forum for this kind of question?  Am I lost?  

Thanks.

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  • My last 5 publications last year were submitted via pdf in an email with a recording. Then the publisher loved them and asked that I send the finale files. Boom. Done.

  • If you want to do the hard copy way, they normally like 8x11. I have used a spiral or wire binder done at my local Staples, but that has been ages ago.

  • It can actually vary; there are usually instructions specifying details. Regarding competitions, I've heard from several people in the position of choosing the winning submissions say how common it is that people don't follow the instructions, and these are the first to be disqualified.

    And the "standard" can vary depending on genre or individual publisher, or who you're submitting the score to. If you're submitting to a publisher, their standards may be listed on their website. It helps to even look at sheet music a particular publisher sells. Some want PDFs, some want Finale or Sibelius files. Some want hard copies as well as PDFs. Big Band scores are often printed on 11x17 in "landscape" orientation, yet symphonic band may be 11x17 in "portrait" orientation, or as Rodney says, in 8.5 x 11 size. Choral works are printed on the smaller size.

    I try to make my scores/parts hard copies look like what one would expect to purchase. For parts, printing two sided, 2-pages up on 11x17 and folded in booklet form to 8.5x11. If there's more than one physical piece of paper, I staple them at the fold at each end (saddle stitch). I might even use a Z-fold for some parts, depending on how many pages, and unavoidable awkward page turns.

    If entering a competition with a hard copy, and the instructions aren't explicit as to size, larger can have the edge (again, advice given by those judging competitions). For example, printing on 12x18 and folding to 9x12. I may use heavier weight paper, and ivory color instead instead of white. When the music itself is liked equally, the judges begin looking at anything else that sets the pieces apart!

  • What is a Leeds University submission?

    Chris Burridge said:

    I use spiral bindings with a card sheet at the back and a clear plastic cover on the front, but as the others have said I imagine it is normally specified somewhere (probably on the website). If not i use this for Leeds University submissions and it looks pretty neat if its done well, and shouldn't cost too much! 

    Size-wise, I'd use A4 for most, and A3 if its a large orchestral score or something similar because it might look squashed on A4. If you have a very modern/non-standard score that requires some other size, then the receiver probably wont mind if you have a good reason for it!

  • Cool, man.

    Chris Burridge said:

    As in for coursework or a take-away exam (although we only had one of the latter, and yes it was a very odd way of assessing us!)

    Rodney Carlyle Money said:

    What is a Leeds University submission?

    Chris Burridge said:

    I use spiral bindings with a card sheet at the back and a clear plastic cover on the front, but as the others have said I imagine it is normally specified somewhere (probably on the website). If not i use this for Leeds University submissions and it looks pretty neat if its done well, and shouldn't cost too much! 

    Size-wise, I'd use A4 for most, and A3 if its a large orchestral score or something similar because it might look squashed on A4. If you have a very modern/non-standard score that requires some other size, then the receiver probably wont mind if you have a good reason for it!

  • Hi everybody,  thank you very much for your input.  I am working on my project, I've been to Staples twice, where I even considered applying for a job, but then I decided that I'm better off without a job.

    I have one question --  in the Indiana U. guidelines, in para. about "simile", it says "Redundant markings are not distractions, but welcome reinforcements."   So, if I want all 6 instruments to crescendo, then I should put a crescendo marking for each staff,  not just one cresc or hairpin at top, right ???

    Thanks.



    Oliver Newman said:

    I've used the Indiana University Jacob School of Music guidelines before to check my scores.
    http://www.music.indiana.edu/departments/academic/composition/style...

    Question - How to prepare a score for submission...
    I never took any composition classes, so I missed guidelines on preparing a score (hard-copy, printed) for submission to contests, publishers, whatev…
  • Every instrument gets the crescendo.
     
    Cameron McFadden said:

    Hi everybody,  thank you very much for your input.  I am working on my project, I've been to Staples twice, where I even considered applying for a job, but then I decided that I'm better off without a job.

    I have one question --  in the Indiana U. guidelines, in para. about "simile", it says "Redundant markings are not distractions, but welcome reinforcements."   So, if I want all 6 instruments to crescendo, then I should put a crescendo marking for each staff,  not just one cresc or hairpin at top, right ???

    Thanks.



    Oliver Newman said:

    I've used the Indiana University Jacob School of Music guidelines before to check my scores.
    http://www.music.indiana.edu/departments/academic/composition/style...

    Question - How to prepare a score for submission...
    I never took any composition classes, so I missed guidelines on preparing a score (hard-copy, printed) for submission to contests, publishers, whatev…
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