Competition Categories


A Note from the Third Coast Team

Hi there,

Thanks for visiting this page to find out more about our Competition Categories. Before you dive in, we hope that you might take a second to support our We Need Third Coast Campaign (#WeNeedThirdCoast) for our annual Competition — made by makers, for makers!

We are working to raise $50,000 in order to re-launch Third Coast’s Competition as an independent program by July 2024. To learn more, and make a donation, click here.

Thanks for reading,
The team at Third Coast


About the 2022-23 Third Coast Competition Categories

There are currently nine categories in the Third Coast Competition, each listed below. Once submitted, all entries deemed eligible will be in the running to win a Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award (note that you can enter more than one category, but can only win one Award in one category). All eligible entries are also in the running to be named one of our Third Coast Finalists.

In addition to checking out the nine individual categories, we encourage you to read more about This Year’s Annual & Pilot Offerings, and share your input on the kinds of new offerings you'd like to see from our Competition in the future.


Individual Categories

Note: All entries are automatically entered into consideration for our Directors’ Choice Award. Please also keep in mind that Third Coast’s role in this process is both to verify eligibility in each category, and to consider and advocate for each piece entered into our Competition. For that reason, we may move or add your entry to another eligible category without notifying you in order to give your entry the best opportunity to compete.


How to Enter

We recommend you prepare your materials in advance by reading through each individual category page for detailed eligibility criteria, entry checklists, and category-specific FAQs.

For an overview of the entry process, see our Entry Guide.