Directors' Choice

Each submission entered into the TC/RHDF Competition is automatically considered for the Director’s Choice (DC) award.

  • 5 Tracks
  • 1.8 Hours

Best Documentary: Short

Best Documentary: Short (BDS) awards stories that are short on time, but not short on craft or ambition… and that deserve a bigger platform!

  • 3 Tracks
  • 0.3 Hours

Best News Feature (BNF)

The Best News Feature (BNF) award honors exceptional news features reported worldwide on any platform.

  • 5 Tracks
  • 0.9 Hours

Audio Unbound (AU)

Created in 2020, Audio Unbound (AU) awards audio works that experiment with format, function, genre, and go beyond the typical podcast feed or broadcast airwaves.

  • 3 Tracks
  • 1.4 Hours

Best Documentary: Non-English Language

The Best Documentary: Non-English Language Award (BDNEL) is a category dedicated to celebrating and promoting outstanding audio work produced in languages other than English, from anywhere in the world.

  • 6 Tracks
  • 2.4 Hours

Best New Artist (BNA)

The Best New Artist (BNA) award goes to a single piece made by an outstanding emerging producer (or group of producers) who entered the audio field within two years of the publication of their entry.

  • 7 Tracks
  • 2.2 Hours

Best Documentary (BD)

The Best Documentary category celebrates narrative audio stories that embrace – and complicate – traditions of documentary and non-fiction storytelling.

  • 9 Tracks
  • 4.6 Hours


The Impact award recognizes an audio story that has made a significant impact on an individual or community, broadly defined.

  • 6 Tracks
  • 2.2 Hours

Best Serialized Story (BSS)

The Best Serialized Story (BSS) category awards narrative audio stories that unfold over multiple episodes, chapters, or installments that build on a larger narrative or concept — exactly how is open to the interpretation of the creator or creators.

  • 6 Tracks
  • 2.8 Hours

Radio Residents!

Featuring work from across the years made by alums of the Third Coast Radio Residency.

  • 7 Tracks
  • 3.1 Hours

A Jury of One's Peers

Every year Third Coast enlists a new cohort of exceptionally talented producers to be the judges of the Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.

  • 6 Tracks
  • 3.5 Hours

Joe Frank is Watching You

In January of 2018, one of radio's greatest artists passed away. But we're sure we'll be haunted by Joe Frank forever - in the best of ways.

  • 6 Tracks
  • 1 Hours

Families Make Great Tape

We know... spending the holiday season with your family can be fraught, even painful. But whether or not you actually like your family, remember that you can always get a great story out of them.

  • 9 Tracks
  • 1.7 Hours

Obstruction of Justice

What happens when justice is delayed, denied, or interrupted - and the people who are tangled up in the process.

  • 6 Tracks
  • 3.3 Hours

S-Towns: Stories from Small Towns

After finishing all 7 Chapters of Serial's S-Town, we're craving stories from other small towns that reveal life in all of its complexities.

  • 10 Tracks
  • 3.1 Hours


An homage to those who've made history as fierce, undeniable, unusual women.

  • 8 Tracks
  • 2.9 Hours

First it was a Radio Story!

With the 2017 Oscars on the horizon, we’re thinking about the podcasts & radio stories that made it all the way to Hollywood.

  • 5 Tracks
  • 2.7 Hours