Here is a great opportunity for collegiate students from Finale Music, makers of Finale notation software.

2012 Finale® National Composition Contest

In partnership with MakeMusic, Inc., and the acclaimed American string quartet JACK Quartet, the American Composers Forum announces the 2012 Finale® National Composition Contest.

The objective of this competition is to encourage creativity by student composers who are currently enrolled in graduate and undergraduate institutions in the United States.

Three students from the total applicant pool will be chosen as finalists. Each will receive a cash prize and be asked to write a string quartet for JACK Quartet, which will be workshopped and performed by the ensemble in New York City in September, 2012. Ultimately, one of these pieces will be chosen to receive the final prize, which includes an additional cash award and future public performances by JACK Quartet.

Full contest guidelines, application information and submission link are available here.

Application deadline: midnight on November 15, 2011 (electronic submission)