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

TC/richard h. driehaus foundation competition

The 2014 Call for Entries is closed, thanks to all who entered!

The Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition seeks the best audio work produced worldwide in the following categories:

Best Documentary (Gold, Silver, Bronze, Directors' Choice, Honorable Mention), Directors Choice, Best New Artist, Radio Impact, and Best News Feature and introduce a new award - The Little Mermaid

Winners will be celebrated at Third Coast Awards Ceremony on November 9 in Chicago. Their winning stories will be featured in Best of the Best: The 2014 Third Coast Festival Broadcast, distributed to public radio stations nationwide by the Public Radio Exchange (PRX) this Fall.

Winning producers will receive: 
- Prizes ranging from $1000 to $4000
- A license for Hindenburg Journalist Pro editing software
- A free registration (one per winning entry) for the 2014 Third Coast Conference, November 7-9, Holiday Inn Mart Plaza

Other outstanding entries may be featured:
- on our weekly radio show Re:sound (on WBEZ, Chicago)
- on this website, in the Third Coast library spotlight
- at public listening events in Chicago and beyond.

Entrants will be notified and compensated when applicable, if/when their work is featured.


Competition entries are judged by highly accomplished audio producers and editors from around the world. Judges consider the degree to which the entries - of all styles, lengths and subject matter - relate their stories successfully. Story choice, technical quality, editorial integrity, creativity, writing and use of sound all factor into the selection of winners.

All decisions are final.

2014 judges to be announced this summer.


Entry Guidelines
Upload your entry


Call for Entries announced: May 6

Early deadline: 
June 12, noon PDT

Late deadline: 
July 10, noon PDT

Winners notified:
late August

Winners announced:
October 8

Awards Ceremony:
November 9 (Chicago, IL)

The 2014 Awards Ceremony is sponsored by:

Each winner will receive a license for Hindenburg Journalist Pro editing software.


Entry Guidelines
Upload your entry



Email us or call 312-948-4682.


Looking for inspiration? Listen to some winners of past TC/RHDF Competitions.

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