Third Coast/RHDF Competition Categories


Click on an individual category below to read detailed descriptions, eligibility information, entry checklists, and category-specific FAQs. Get an overview of the entry process in How to Enter or back to the 2021 Call for Entries landing page. Ready to send in your work? Enter now.

Overview

There are nine categories in the Competition, and a single entry may be eligible for multiple categories at no additional charge. (Note: All entries are automatically entered into consideration for our Directors’ Choice Award.) Please keep in mind that Third Coast may move or add your entry to another eligible category without notifying you if we feel the entry will be more competitive in a different category.

General Eligibility: Your entry must have been produced and available publicly for the first time on radio, podcast, internet, or in a public setting (including but not limited to a theater, gallery, museum, classroom, etc.) between February 1, 2019 and May 11, 2021. The only exception to this is for the Audio Unbound category: We are currently accepting entries that have been produced and available publicly for the first time between February 1, 2017 and May 11, 2021.

Individual Categories

BEST DOCUMENTARY (3 Awards: Gold, Silver, Bronze)

  • Best Documentary (BD) is one of the founding categories of the TC/RHDF Competition. This category awards narrative audio stories grounded in documentary and non-fiction storytelling. Read more here.

BEST SERIALIZED STORY (1 Award)

  • Best Serialized Story (BSS) awards narrative audio stories told across multiple episodes, chapters, or installments. In a serialized story, each episodic part must build on a larger narrative. Read more here.

BEST DOCUMENTARY: SHORT (1 Award)

  • Created in 2020, Best Documentary: Short (BDS) awards stories that are under 10 minutes in length. Read more here.

BEST NEW ARTIST (1 Award)

  • The Best New Artist (BNA) award is presented to an outstanding emerging producer (or producers) who entered the audio field between February 2019 and May 2021. Read more here.

BEST DOCUMENTARY: NON-ENGLISH LANGUAGE (1 Award)

  • Through the Best Documentary: Non-English Language Award (BNEL), Third Coast celebrates outstanding audio work produced in languages other than English from anywhere in the world. Read more here.

IMPACT (1 Award)

  • The Impact award recognizes a single audio story that has demonstrably impacted an individual, group, or community. Read more here.

AUDIO UNBOUND (1 Award)

  • Created in 2020, Audio Unbound (AU) awards audio works that experiment with format, function, genre, and go beyond the podcast feed or broadcast airwaves. This category awards creativity and innovation anchored in audio, but that builds a narrative across mediums and platforms, broadly defined. Read more here.

BEST NEWS FEATURE (1 Award)

  • The Best News Feature (BNF) award honors exceptional news features reported worldwide. Submissions should be stories (local, national, international) produced in response to events and issues. Read more here.

DIRECTORS' CHOICE (1 Award)

  • Unlike the rest of our juried awards, the Directors’ Choice award is a unique opportunity for Third Coast staff to recognize an exceptional work that they believe is critical to the current and future landscape of audio storytelling. All entries are automatically considered for this award, regardless of length or language.