Submission Guidelines

The Clarinet — Call for Journal Submissions

The International Clarinet Association welcomes contributions from our members for possible inclusion in our quarterly journal, The Clarinet. If you wish to submit an article proposal, a completed article, or audio/print materials for review, please reference the following information and deadlines.*

Please note: The Clarinet is an educational publication of the ICA and is intended to be solely for the benefit of its members. Accordingly, the ICA does not publish any articles, statements, or materials that are political, controversial, or objectionable in nature. In addition, any submission of a work for publication in The Clarinet containing statements considered to be defamatory and/or libelous, in the sole discretion of the ICA Board of Directors, will not be published. All decisions regarding content to be published in The Clarinet, are in the sole and absolute discretion of the ICA Board of Directors.

By submitting a work for publication, you acknowledge and understand that you will be required to execute a license agreement in favor of the ICA prior to its publication.

*Articles that have been previously published in print or online, or have been submitted or accepted for future publication are ineligible for publication in The Clarinet. Clarinetists must confirm membership in the ICA in order to have an article accepted for publication in The Clarinet.

Feature Article Submission Deadlines

 Issue  December  March  June  September
 Deadline  August 1  November 1  February 1  May 1

News, Event Reports, and Department Submission Deadlines

 Issue  December  March  June  September
 Deadline  September 1  December 1  March 1  June 1


Send to:

Gregory Barrett, Music Reviews Editor
School of Music
Northern Illinois University
1425 W. Lincoln Highway
DeKalb, Illinois 60115
+1 815 753-8004;


  1. Due to spatial constraints, the International Clarinet Association is unable to include every disc received in the quarterly print edition of The Clarinet, so some reviews may appear in the expanded audio reviews section of The Clarinet Online.
  2. The International Clarinet Association requests that artists not contact reviewers regarding published reviews. Violation of this policy may jeopardize publication of future reviews. The Clarinet does not publish commentary received concerning published reviews.
  3. Professional reviewers thoughtfully evaluate all submissions, but the International Clarinet Association cannot guarantee strictly positive reviews or retract commentary.
  4. Once a review is scheduled for publication, the International Clarinet Association will contact the artist regardless of the medium.

Those submitting a recording for review must confirm their acceptance of the above terms and conditions as outlined above.

Send submissions to:

Kip Franklin
Attn: ICA Audio Reviews
Laidlaw Performing Arts Center #1123
University of South Alabama
5751 USA Drive S.
Mobile, Alabama 36688


Upload the following items to our Dropbox submission folder at:

– Article, 100 to 300 words in Word or text format (DOC, RTF, TXT)
– High-resolution image(s) to accompany the article
– Information sheet with:

  • Name
  • Email Address
  • File name, photographer credit and caption for each photo


Send an email to and include:

– Abstract (brief summary) of the proposed article
– Estimated word count
– List of your primary research sources (main works consulted or interviewees), as well as any previous articles in The Clarinet relating to your topic (refer to the James Gillespie Online Research Library

After the proposal is received, the writer will receive feedback; while feedback may be provided regarding publication, it does not guarantee publication of the resulting article.


You do not need to submit a proposal before submitting a completed article. Upload the following items to our Dropbox submission folder at:

– Article in Word or text format (DOC, RTF, TXT)
-Your high-resolution headshot
-High-resolution image(s) to accompany the article
– Information sheet with:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Mailing address
  • Brief biography (2-3 sentences)
  • File name, photographer credit and caption for each photo


The ICA welcomes non-English articles to be published along with English translations at The Clarinet Online. English translations may also be considered for publication in The Clarinet, with a version online in the original language.

Please note: Submitting an article does not guarantee publication. Final publication decisions are made by The Clarinet editorial board. All manuscripts are subject to editing for length and style. The article must not have been previously published elsewhere, and any subsequent publication should include a citation of its original publication in The Clarinet.

Guidelines for Submitted Articles

Length: News and event reports intended for publication in the “Clarinotes” section are generally 100-300 words, with one photo. Feature articles may range between 500-4000 words depending on the topic. Longer articles may be published in several parts.

Image size: All images should be high resolution (300 PPI or better – usually a file size of at least 1 MB per photo). If using a scanner, scan the image on RGB at 600 PPI, and save in JPG format.

Style: The Clarinet follows the Associated Press Stylebook with some modifications. A full house style guide is available upon request.

Music Composition Titles

  • Italicize all music composition titles, but use quotes when the selection is part of a larger work. Opus or other numbers are not italicized.
    Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet, K. 581 “Infernal Dance” from Firebird
  • Capitalize “Major” and “Minor” and “Op.” “No.” or “K.”
    Piano Concerto in C Minor, K. 491, Piano Sonata No. 12, Op. 121
  • When a title is not in English, follow the rules for capitalization in that language.
    Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune

Other Music Writing Considerations

  • For note values, use AP style for ordinals:
    Eighth notes           16th notes; 16th-note rhythms           32nd notes
  • For octave designations, use clarinet register designations whenever possible.
    chalumeau C           clarion F           altissimo E

General Style Considerations

  • Use only one space between sentences.
  • Do not use the serial/Oxford comma unless the sentence would be confusing without it.
  • Numbers one through nine are spelled out; numbers greater than 10 are written in numerals.
  • Always use numerals for ages.
  • Use a person’s first and last names the first time they are mentioned in an article, and last name only thereafter (unless the article is informal in style).
  • Do not use courtesy titles like Mr., Ms., or Dr. (except for medical doctors, or in a person’s bio if that is their preference).
  • Titles are capitalized only when used directly before someone’s name, and are not capitalized otherwise.
    Professor Daniel Bonade
    Daniel Bonade, professor of clarinet
  • Quotations should always be attributed to the original source either in-text or with an endnote, introduced appropriately and enclosed in quotation marks or (if longer than 40 words) put in a block quote format.
    As John Smith said in his book About Things, “Things are not always             what they seem.”
    In an interview, Smith said that things are frequently “not always                   what they seem.”
  • In reviews and less formal contexts, either avoid the first person or use “I” or “me” in less formal contexts. (Avoid constructions like “this reviewer,” “this author.”)
  • Avoid long links; use shortened versions or omit links for easily searchable items:
    This video is available on YouTube.
    This video is available at
  • Use endnotes, a bibliography or “further reading” list; do not use footnotes or parenthetical references. Chicago style is preferred for endnotes.
  • Avoid excessive formatting in Word.