Third Coast/RHDF Competition in ON, deadline July 11

It's Third Coast Award season – get on it!

Our Call for Entries is open!

Since 2001, the TC/RHDF Competition has celebrated the best audio storytelling produced worldwide. We've honored over 130 extraordinary works from four continents, and bestowed $250,000 in cash prizes to many of the most innovative producers in radio & podcasts.

Announcing… the 2017 TC/RHDF Competition Judges

Dig into all ten 2016 TC/RHDF Competition winners, plus learn more about the year's best at Current Magazine and NPR's All Things Considered .


Entry Guidelines


$35 for student entries uploaded on or before Tuesday, June 13 at noon PDT.

$55 for entries uploaded on or before Tuesday, June 13 at noon PDT.

$75 for all entries uploaded Tuesday, June 13 after noon PDT through Tuesday, July 11 at noon PDT.

Entries uploaded after July 11 at noon PDT will not be judged.

ENTER the 2017 TC/RHDF Competition!


Entries must range between 3 and 60 minutes in length, with the exception of Best News Feature submissions, which can not exceed 12 minutes.

Entries must have been produced and presented publicly for the first time on the radio, the Internet, via podcast or in a public setting (i.e. gallery, museum, classroom) between July 2015 and July 2017.

Entries must be produced in English, with the exception of the Best Doc: Foreign Language category!

Work featured on this website or on Re:sound is still eligible for entry into the competition.

Each producer must sign the release and license agreement on the entry form, which provides Third Coast with broadcast and Internet rights to present submissions in their entireties as part of Best of the Best: The 2016 Third Coast Festival Broadcast between October 2017 and October 2019.


Entries should consist of an individual documentary or feature.

Each documentary in a series is a separate entry.

Each feature within a program that presents multiple pieces is a separate entry.

Each episode from a podcast is a separate entry.


Entries are only accepted through Submittable, where you'll find clear instructions for uploading your story. Submittable will be able to answer your tech questions, for everything else email Third Coast or call us at 312-948-4682.

Each entry should consist of one audio file.

Entries should not contain audio other than entry material. Please exclude ledes, intros, outros and ads.


One audio file per entry

Brief producer bio (80 words max)

A text version of the host lede, or a short intro for the entry (150 words max)

Entry fee

For Radio Impact entries only: Statement of Impact (500 words max)

For Best Doc: Foreign Language entries only: Bilingual English/original language transcript


Payment by credit card / PayPal is strongly recommended but checks are accepted only for entries submitted by the early deadline, June 13 at noon PDT. Checks must be mailed/postmarked by the early deadline, June 13.

Please contact us to pay by check.

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