Wednesday, 11 March 2009

CFP: National Opera Association Scholarly Paper Competition


Scholarly investigation is indispensable to the field of opera, especially as a basis for production and performance. The National Opera Association is pleased to announce its Twenty-Fifth Scholarly Papers Competition, 2009, for outstanding scholarly papers on operatic subjects.


The competition is open to any interested author. Membership in NOA is not required. No registration fee is required. Deadline for submission: June 15, 2009. Author notification: after September 1, 2009. Previous winners of this competition may not re-apply, but are strongly encouraged to submit articles for consideration to "The Opera Journal," a NOA publication.


The scholarly paper should explore an operatic subject, present significant research and conclusions, and include an extensive bibliography citing primary, secondary and, if applicable, tertiary sources. .Authors should follow these guidelines.
. The paper must be typewritten, double-spaced, no more than 3000 words in length.
. The paper's title and the name of its author should be provided on a detachable title page. The author's name should not appear on subsequent pages.
. Only one submission per person is admissible and must be accompanied by a statement confirming that the paper is not under copyright by any party other than the author and that it has not been previously published.
. Papers previously presented orally are eligible as long as they have not or will not be published in any proceedings.
. Papers will be judged particularly for significant advances in research and conclusions that shed new light on an operatic topic dealing with music drama, the libretto, the history of the genre, etc.
. Topics may be as broad as the field of opera itself, which includes historical and theoretical analysis of the music and libretto (along lines of current and past critical theory and translation thereof), singing, acting, costuming, stagecraft, theater, etc.
. The jury will consider the clarity and quality of the writing, judge the acceptability of the paper for publication in "The Opera Journal," and will also rate papers on their overall suitability to be read in an abridged version of no more than twenty minutes length at the convention's Scholarly Papers Session.


The winner will be invited to read her/his paper during the Scholarly Papers Session at the annual convention, early January, 2010, at Atlanta, Georgia. The Leland Fox Scholarly Paper Stipend of $500 will be awarded to the reader of a winning paper at the annual convention.
The winning paper will be published in "The Opera Journal."
Copies of papers not selected, accompanied by the committee's critiques, will be forwarded to the editor of the journal for possible consideration for publication.


There is no application fee for the competition. Submission may be by mail or email attachment. Papers will not be returned. Submit entries and any inquiries about the competition to:
Dr. Robert Hansen
National Opera Association
PO Box 60869
Canyon, TX 79016-0001
email: rhansen at
Deadline for the submission of scholarly papers: June 15, 2009.
Author notification: after September 1, 2009.

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