Why Enter & Prizes


All 2021 Third Coast/RHDF award winners will receive:

  • Industry-wide recognition, including in the annual Third Coast Awards Ceremony;
  • A cash prize of up to $4,500;
  • A handcrafted radio that plays your winning piece;
  • The chance to get to know other winners and connect with Third Coast Judges;
  • National audience reach on Third Coast’s radio show & podcast(s), including our annual Best of the Best national broadcast.

Read more about each of this year’s categories, here.

Support audio as an art form

Entering the Third Coast/RHDF Competition is an opportunity to win an award, but it’s also a way to support the work of Third Coast, be recognized in the field, and push the boundaries of audio as an art form in a variety of ways. We believe this unique competition is a critical way to claim space for the kind of groundbreaking, influential, and experimental work we want to hear across the field. Read more about the history of our Competition, here.

Make the industry more equitable. We use a Collective Pricing model that asks you to invest in making the industry more equitable.

Be part of Third Coast. Third Coast staff listens to every single entry submitted to our Competition. Third Coast will feature standout work — including and beyond the cohort of winners — in all of our programming.

Get heard. The finalists of the Competition get heard by not only the staff of Third Coast, but also a panel of expert Judges from across the industry.

Help us. Entering work into the Competition is a key way that you can support Third Coast during this (still) very difficult time for our organization. And yes, the Third Coast staff listens to every single entry. The work we hear is a critical engine for inspiring our year-round programming, and the way we think about the industry at large.