CBA Undergraduate Critical Essay Competition


Encouraging and fostering emerging voices in the Canadian wind band community

Canadian Winds proudly announces the annual Canadian Band Association Undergraduate Critical Essay Competition. The goal of the competition is to encourage and foster emerging voices in the Canadian wind band community.


Essays should relate in some way to the year’s competition theme. Submissions should include academic references and reflect critical thought and engagement, not just information sharing or expressions of personal opinion.


2021 Theme: Decolonizing the Band Room

2022 Theme: Post-pandemic Wind Bands in Canada

2023 Theme: Teaching for Lifelong Music-Making


The winning submission will be published in the spring issue of Canadian Winds/Vents canadiens. The winner and runner-up will both receive cash prizes.


1st prize - $500

2nd prize - $300

Review Process:  Submissions will be judged in a blind review process by nationally-recognized scholars.


Eligibility: Open to university students studying at a Canadian institution. Students are limited to one submission per year. Essays are accepted in English or French. 


Articles submitted for consideration should be characterized by:

  • Clarity and precision.

  • Essays should adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style (Chicago A and Chicago B are both acceptable).

  • Submissions should be no more than 4000 words (not including references). 

  • Manuscripts with excessive “mechanical” errors (spelling, grammar, etc.) will not be sent out for review.



  • Essays should be double-spaced with 12-point font.

  • The author’s name or identifying information (e.g., institution) should not appear in the manuscript, but should be included in the email.

  • Tables, figures, graphics, and images (with photo credit, where applicable) are welcome with any submission. All images should be embedded in the body of the text.


Email submissions to: with the subject line “Critical Essay Competition.” Emails submissions should include a faculty advisor name and contact email information.


2021 Submission Deadline: December 17, 2021

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