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The Paul A. Pisk Prize

The Paul A. Prize is awarded annually to a graduate music student for a scholarly paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society. Any paper by a graduate student whose abstract has been submitted to the Program Committee, and the paper accepted for inclusion in the Annual Meeting, is eligible for the Pisk Prize. (Anyone who is a graduate student at the time of submission is eligible, even if the degree is completed by the time the paper is presented.) Application procedures are as follows:

The 2019 application deadline was 1pm EDT, 1 October.

Materials for the applicant to submit:

  • Required: text of the paper, double-spaced, in 12-point font, with 1-inch margins, using endnotes, not footnotes, in MS Word or PDF format.
  • Required: a statement from the student’s academic advisor affirming graduate-student status of the applicant as of 15 January. Send to
  • If applicable: include the timing for each audio/video example with the callouts in the body of the paper.
  • If applicable: include visual materials (Powerpoint, images, or the like) in PDF format.
  • If applicable: include audio files in MP3 format.

The application deadline is final, and no extensions may be granted. Plan accordingly, and submit your materials well in advance. Early applications are welcome and encouraged. The AMS office can assist with file conversion to PDF or MP3. If technical questions regarding electronic submission arise, please communicate with the AMS office well in advance of the deadline. Technical difficulties cannot be addressed if they are not brought to the attention of the AMS office in a timely way (at least 72 hours prior to the deadline).

A confirmation page will display upon submission of your application. If the confirmation page does not display, please contact the AMS office.

The Pisk Prize Committee evaluates the submissions as papers to be read at the Annual Meeting rather than as articles to be published. (Notes, bibliography, and any other scholarly apparatus, though not forbidden, will not be a prime consideration of the evaluation. For this reason, principal intellectual debts should be acknowledged in the body of the paper.) The winner is announced, and the prize awarded, at the Annual Business Meeting and Awards Presentation of the Society by the chair of the committee.