The Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition seeks the best audio stories produced worldwide. Since 2001, the TC/RHDF Competition has celebrated more than 200 hundred extraordinary stories from four continents and has bestowed over $250,000 in cash prizes to some of the most innovative producers of the past two decades.

Get inspired by listening to 18 years of past winners!

The 2019 TC/RHDF Competition will celebrate the best non-fiction audio stories on radio, podcasts, Internet and more. We'll award the best work in the following categories: Best Documentary, Best New Artist, Radio Impact, Best Serialized Story, Best News Feature, Best Foreign Language and Skylarking.

We're accepting applications for our 2019 Competition Internship through March 12. Read all about it!

In early April we'll post detailed information about this year's categories and entry guidelines. In the meantime, here's the Call for Entry schedule to add to your calendar.

Important Dates

Call for Entries Announced:
April 30

Early Deadline:
May 28, 5pm PDT

Final Deadline for Best Serialized Story
May 28, 5pm PDT

Final Deadline (for all but Best Serialized Story):
June 18, 5pm PDT

Winners Notified:
Late August

Winners Announced:
Early October

Awards Ceremony:
November 2 (Chicago, IL)

Got questions?

Email Us or call 312 948-4682

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 everyone - producers and radio fans alike - 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.