Below are the past recipients of the Black Bayou Composition Award. Outside adjudicators help determine the winners who receive $500 and a commission for the following year's festival. Two runners-up each receive $100. The award is made possible in part by Friends of Black Bayou and The Band House.
2023 - Christopher Mortlock, Brightening Band
2017 - William Price, I/O
2016 - John Teske, topographies