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Special Call for Entries: Audio Documentary (Radio/Podcast)


IDA is thrilled to announce a new IDA Documentary Awards category: Best Audio Documentary. Producers and distributors of nonfiction podcasts and radio programming are welcome to submit standalone or documentary episodic series from now until September 5, 2018 11:59 PM PST. The winner will be announced live at the awards ceremony in December in Los Angeles.

For more information, read "IDA Documentary Awards 2018 New Categories " blog by Juliana Sakae, Awards Competition Manager.


Rules & Regulations



Submissions must have been (or will be) publicly available (posted or aired) between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 to be eligible for entry. Only one version of the submission will be reviewed. Revised versions cannot be submitted to the screening committee, and may render the submission ineligible.
Submissions must be made by September 5, 2018, at 11:59 PM. Please contact with any questions. Final eligibility of a submission is determined by IDA, including any interpretation required of specific rules and/or submissions’ criteria.

Audio Documentary Category Definition

The Audio Documentary category celebrates the best in nonfiction storytelling in Radio & Podcast. We currently accept both standalone and documentary episodic series. A stand-alone audio documentary may be either a one-off program not part of any series, or a single or multi-part documentary episode from a series (i.e. The Problem We All Live With from This American Life ) that stands on its own as a documentary on a single subject or theme. A series is comprised of multiple episodes, conceived and constructed with a beginning and an end, with all the episodes being listened in order to create a complete story and/or support a complete theme (i.e. Serial, LA Times' Dirty John , APM’s In the Dark ). 

Radio shows and Podcasts that consist primarily of news reporting, interviews and conversational episodes are not eligible.

All entries must have aired for the first time, or been posted within the eligibility window January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. Links to all episodes must be provided.

Award recipients: Nominees must have a key creative role in the project. The Award recipients(s) are the recognized nominee(s) for the project. Up to two statues will be provided to the winning project. Additional statutes may be available for purchase upon request.

Submission requirements: In the online submission, provide a link of each of the submitted episodes.


Submission must be made online. Multiple projects may be submitted, but each submission must be made separately. Right now we are unable to accept non-English language entries. All submissions are reviewed by IDA staff members, who determine final eligibility based on eligibility and submission requirements in the IDA Awards rules. The nominees and final award winner will be determined by an independent panel of industry experts. Non-payment of the entry fee will result in submission ineligibility. Payment may be made by credit card online at the time of submission, or you may send a check to the IDA office. Entry fees will not be refunded. All payments must be in US Dollars. Payment must be postmarked by the submission deadline of September 5, 2018. Send in your payment (if paying by check), and a copy of your submission confirmation. Submission materials sent to the IDA in connection with the IDA Documentary Awards will not be returned. Marketing materials, press kits, photos, postcards, or any other promotional items are not forwarded to the screening committees.


Submission fee is $85 for IDA members (Join the IDA today) and $125 for non-members.


Judging of the IDA Documentary Awards is based on overall creative excellence. A blue ribbon panel made up of audio documentary and industry professionals will evaluate qualified entries and select nominees and award-winners.


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