Graphite is interested in representing a small roster of composers whose work and craft we trust. We add a new composer only about once every 1-2 years. When we consider new composers we look at their submitted pieces, compositional voice, past catalog of works, skill at writing for the voice (solo or choral), and the potential for them to create more great work in the future. We are interested in publishing a minimum of 2 pieces from new composers.
Submission Process Guidelines
Welcome to Graphite Publishing, LLC’s Submissions Process Guidelines. This page will explain what you must include when submitting materials to Graphite Publishing, LLC.
Graphite Publishing, LLC looks forward to reviewing submissions that adhere to the Submission Process Guidelines. The purpose of this process is to avoid potential misunderstanding or disputes when Graphite Publishing, LLC’s products or services might seem similar to ideas submitted to Graphite Publishing, LLC. If you read through this document and still have questions, please contact Graphite Publishing, LLC via Contact Us (forms-based method of communicating with Graphite Publishing, LLC), or:
Graphite Publishing, LLC
22540 181st St NW
Big Lake, MN 55309
Guidelines for Score Submissions
The following material MUST BE included in a Score Submission:
1. SIGNED SUBMISSION AGREEMENT including LIMITATIONS ON LIABILITY. All Score Submissions must include a signed submission agreement. SUBMISSIONS ARRIVING WITHOUT A SIGNED AGREEMENT WILL BE DESTROYED WITHOUT REVIEW. A new agreement must be submitted with each work and must be signed by all involved creators and copyright holders. Download a copy of the Submissions Agreement here. If information regarding Graphite Publishing, LLC’s Submission Process is not available, please contact Graphite Publishing, LLC via Contact Us (forms-based method of communicating with Graphite Publishing, LLC), or through the contact information provided above.
2. COVER LETTER, explaining your body of compositional work so far, and why you think Graphite Publishing, LLC is a good fit for you.
3. BIOGRAPHY, including a catalog of works.
4. SAMPLE PIECES. Include a minimum of two pieces (vocal solo or choral) that you would like Graphite Publishing, LLC to consider for publication. Optionally, you can send up to 3 other pieces (vocal solo or choral) that have been published elsewhere, in order to illustrate your compositional voice. Also, you can optionally send recordings of any pieces included in your packet.
• Graphite Publishing, LLC reviews new composers 1-2 times per year, and will do its best to make a decision within 6 months. Graphite Publishing, LLC only adds a new composer about once every 1-2 years.
• Please do not send the original or your only copy. In addition, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you want your Score Submissions returned. Score Submissions without postage will be discarded.
• Score Submissions must be original material or arrangements of material the public domain.
• Graphite Publishing, LLC bases their decision on the submitted pieces, compositional voice, past catalog of works, skill at writing for the voice (solo or choral), and the potential for them to create more great work in the future.
• Electronic Score Submissions are NOT permitted – all such submissions will be destroyed without review. Please mail submissions to:
Graphite Publishing, LLC: Score Submission
22540 181st St Nw
Big Lake, MN 55309
1: (Easy) No divisi in voice parts, accompaniment doubles or supports vocal parts, diatonic, symmetrical phrases, textures mostly homophonic, simple rhythms, stepwise voice leading (conjunct), moderate ranges, no extended techniques, and limited sustained singing.
2: (Medium Easy) Limited divisi, voices somewhat independent from accompaniment, some chromatics, phrases may be longer or more fragmented, mostly homophonic, moderate rhythmic complexity, some difficult intervals (disjunct motion), moderate ranges, extended techniques are simple, limited sustained singing.
3. (Medium) Limited divisi, unaccompanied, or with independent accompaniment (voice parts not doubled), many chromatics, phrases of varying lengths, more contrapuntal textures, moderately complex rhythms, some difficult intervals (disjunct motion), moderately difficult/challenging ranges, extended techniques are potentially challenging, and some sustained singing.
4. (Medium Difficult) Abundant divisi, unaccompanied, or accompanying instruments are fully independent from voice parts, many chromatics and/or key changes, long and/or broken phrases, potentially little homophony, complex rhythms, many difficult intervals (disjunct motion), difficult/challenging ranges, potentially difficult extended techniques, and a demand for sustained singing.
5. (Difficult) Adundant divis, unaccompanied, or accompanying instruments are fully independent from voice parts, many chromatics and/or key changes, long and/or broken phrases, potentially little homophony, complex rhythms, extreme ranges, use of challenging or unusual extended vocal techniques, abundant sustained singing.