Third Coast Festival Announces Call for Entries

The Academy Awards of radio storytelling are accepting entries – details follow. Good luck!


Entries are now being accepted for the Third Coast International Audio Festival’s 11th annual Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition!

The TCIAF invites producers around the globe to submit their finest radio/audio stories in the following categories: Best Documentary (gold, silver, bronze, honorable mention, directors’ choice), Best New Artist, Radio Impact and Best News Feature.

The TCIAF accepts stories that document people, places, times, events, phenomena and issues. These include but are not limited to: investigative reports, narrative stories, personal essays, profiles and audio portraits. Podcasts and documentaries that redefine the documentary form are welcome.

Winners receive cash awards – $5,000 for the gold prize – to support their future creative endeavors. They also receive national recognition in Best of the Best: The 2011 Third Coast Festival Broadcast, airing on public radio stations across the country this fall.

The early deadline for entries is June 23rd at noon PDT. The late deadline is July 14th at noon PDT. Entry fees range from $30 (students) to $50 (by early deadline) to $70 (by late deadline.) Read more about guidelines, prizes and how to upload entries at:

Competition winners will be announced publicly on October 22, 2011 in Chicago at the Third Coast Awards Ceremony.

As of 2011, the TC/RHDF Competition will have honored nearly 100 extraordinary stories from seven countries/four continents and given $250,000 in cash prizes to many of the most innovative producers of the past decade.

The 2011 TC / RHDF Competition is powered by the Public Radio Exchange (PRX).

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Johanna Zorn
Executive Director
Third Coast International Audio Festival
Navy Pier
848 East Grand Ave. Suite 400
Chicago IL 60611

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