The Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition seeks the best audio stories produced worldwide.

Since 2001, the TC/RHDF Competition has celebrated more than 200 hundred extraordinary stories from four continents and has bestowed over $250,000 in cash prizes to some of the most innovative producers of the past two decades.

The 2017 Third Coast/RHDF Competition winners are here!

The 2018 Call for Entries begins April 24, with an early deadline of May 22, and a late (final) deadline of June 19.

Entry Fees:
All categories except Best Serialized Story
Early - $55 / Students - $35
Late - $75

Best Serialized Story
Early - $150
Late - $200

Overview of the 2018 Categories:
Check back April 24 for the complete call for entries. Entries can be radio, podcasts, or other form of produced audio storytelling:

BEST SERIALIZED STORY (NEW!) — $1,500
A single story told over a multiple episodes

BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARDS: Gold prize—$4,000 / Silver prize—$3,000 / Bronze prize—$2,000 / Honorable Mention - $1,000 / Foreign Language (produced in a language other than English) - $1,000

DIRECTORS' CHOICE AWARD—$1,000
Chosen by the TCIAF Staff

BEST NEWS FEATURE—$1,000
For reported features, up to max 12 minutes

BEST NEW ARTIST AWARD-$1,000
For a new producer who has entered the field in the past two years

RADIO IMPACT AWARD—$1,000
For a work that has had measurable impact

SKYLARKING AWARD-$1,000
Recognizing stories that are out for fun

ALL WINNING PRODUCERS WILL RECEIVE:

  • Prizes ranging from $1000 to $4000
  • A license for Hindenburg Journalist Pro editing software
  • A gratis pass to the 2018 Third Coast Conference, October 4-6 in Chicago.

Third Coast encourages 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 that follow these rules. Ah, the possibilities in "creativity through constraint!"

2018 will be a hiatus year for ShortDocs. As we plan for 2019, your suggestions for artistic partners are welcome - just drop us an email at info@thirdcoastfestival.org.