• Third Coast Festival
  • Navy Pier
  • 848 East Grand
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • 60611-3509

Champions and challenges


Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition

Keep your eyes peeled for more information about the 2016 Third Coast Competition, which opens May 24th

Plus: This year's competition will include a *brand-new* category!

Each year we honor the best new stories produced around the world for radio and the Internet (in English), through our Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.

Since 2001, the TC/RHDF Competition has celebrated more than 130 extraordinary stories from seven countries/four continents and has bestowed $250,000 in cash prizes to many of the most innovative producers of the past decade-plus.

Looking for inspiration? Listen to the winners of our 2014 Competition! 

ShortDocs Challenge

Once a year we encourage the production of new work via our ShortDocs Challenge. In cahoots with an artistic partner, we design a set of rules and invite everyone - producers and radio fans alike - to submit short audio works. Ah, the possibilities in finding "creativity through constraint!"

This year we teamed up with the Studs Terkel Radio Archive at the WFMT Radio Network, and offered a set of rules inspired by the mighty curiosity of Studs Terkel. 

NEW! Yowza. We received over 150 ShortDoc submissions from all over the world and we're adding them to our Audio Library daily - listen here.  

Suggestions for future ShortDocs collaborators are welcome - just drop us an email.

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