MEJ Centennial Collegiate Essay Contest

SAGE Publications, official sponsor of the

National Association for Music Education (NAfME)’s

MEJ Centennial Collegiate Essay Contest

is pleased to announce that the contest is

Open to all undergraduate NAfME Collegiate Members!

$300 First Prize and publication of your essay in Music Educators Journal.

Two honorable mentions of $100 each and publication of your essay online.

Your electronically submitted essay of up to 1,500 words can influence the future of Music Educators Journal, which celebrates its centennial volume year in 2013–2014.

Essay Topic:

“The Future of Music Educators Journal:  How Should It Change?” 

Please send your submission electronically as a Word document to Dr. Patrick K. Freer at

Include with your submission on a separate page in the Word document: 

  • Your full name
  • The name of your NAfME Collegiate chapter (your university) 
  • Complete contact information (including e-mail, phone number, and a mailing address) to tell us where you can be reached, whether on-campus, off-campus, or during a recess/holiday. (NAfME reserves the right to change the determination of winning entries if authors fail to respond to repeated attempts at communication.)

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Read the Contest Rules for complete information about this event:


MEJ Centennial Collegiate Essay Contest Rules


Management/Sponsorship:  The MEJ Centennial Collegiate Essay Contest is managed by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and is sponsored by SAGE Publications.

Participants:  This contest is limited to undergraduate NAfME Collegiate members age 18 or older by November 15, 2013*.  No purchase is necessary to participate in this contest. *Note: the deadline has been extended from its original date of October 15.

Topic:  “The Future of Music Educators Journal:  How Should It Change?”  Entries of up to 1,500 words should describe the role of Music Educators Journal (MEJ) in the preparation of future music educators.  Entries should include a description of how the journal can best position itself for a new generation of music educators, with reference to how MEJ has served this purpose in the past.

Announcement of Contest:   Undergraduate NAfME Collegiate members will be informed of the contest through the NAfME website, NAfME Collegiate Newslink, Music Educators Journal (print and online platforms), social media, and an e-mail to NAfME Collegiate advisors.

Submission:   All entries must be submitted electronically to the MEJ Academic Editor, Dr. Patrick K. Freer, at by midnight, November 15, 2013, in your local time zone.  Any NAfME Collegiate member who is at least 18 years old may enter the contest.

Judging:  All entries will be read by a team of individuals selected from the MEJ  Editorial and Advisory Committees. These judges will be chosen for participation by the MEJ Academic Editor and will be anonymous. Essays will be rank-ordered. Judges’ decisions are final, and the Academic Editor will make the final decision about the winning entry and honorable mentions.  If, in the opinion of the judges, there are no entries worthy of publication, NAfME reserves the right to make no awards.

Copyright:  Contest winners and  those receiving honorable mentions will be required to submit a signed copyright form assigning NAfME copyright to their submissions and  as well as giving NAfME permission to publish the submission in full or in part in print or online or use in video form.  Payment of each award is contingent on NAfME’s receipt of a signed copyright form.

Awards:  $300 first prize, including the publication of the winning essay in MEJ during the 100th volume year; two $100 honorable mentions (excerpts to be published in MEJ or on the NAfME website).  All winners are solely responsible for any taxes on their prizes.

Winners:  The winner and two honorable mentions will be announced by January 31, 2014, on the NAfME website.

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), 1806 Robert Fulton Drive, Reston, VA 22091, USA ( is the originator of the contest and assumes no legal obligations beyond those listed here.


SAGE is an independent international publisher of journals, books, and electronic media. In addition to this sponsorship, SAGE partners with the National Association for Music Education ( to publish General Music Today, the Journal of Music Teacher Education, the Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, and Update:  Applications of Research in Music Education.  For more information about SAGE, visit or call 800-818-7243.

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