Tuesday, April 7 - Monday, May 25, 2020

Click here to learn more about the 2020 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.


The Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition seeks the best narrative audio stories produced worldwide and across languages, empowering the audio industry as a whole to push the boundaries of the medium.

Since 2001, the TC/RHDF Competition has celebrated the most masterful, experimental & groundbreaking works in audio storytelling, and has offered over $300,000 in cash prizes to many of the most innovative producers of the past two decades. Deeply rooted in the narrative audio industry, the Third Coast/RHDF Competition invites a cohort of expert judges in the field to award the winners every year.

The Third Coast/RHDF Competition has accepted Non-English Language Entries since 2016, and we strongly encourage international communities of audio producers to consider entering. While the Competition was initially created to honor documentary and non-fiction audio stories, we also welcome works that are rooted in documentary technique, but blur methods of fiction and non-fiction storytelling. To read more about the categories awarded in 2019, click here.

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The annual TC/RHDF Competition is made possible with support from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

From 2003-2016, Third Coast encouraged the production of new work via our ShortDocs Challenge. In cahoots with an artistic partner, we designed a set of rules and invited anyone and everyone — to submit short audio works that follow these rules. Ah, the possibilities in "creativity through constraint!"

Use the dropdown menu to check out the hundreds of short audio gems created through the Third Coast ShortDoc Challenge over the years.