The 2015 Award

We Are Now Closed for Submissions

Submissions for The In The Dark Audio Award are now closed.  A huge thank you to everyone who submitted and spread the word. We and our judges are looking forward to the listening ahead!

About the Award

For the second year running, In The Dark is joining forces with Sheffield Doc/Fest, the UK’s leading documentary organisation and festival, to present an award specifically devoted to audio documentaries from around the world.

The In The Dark Audio Award highlights a new wave of global creativity and innovation in audio storytelling.

The Prize

The winner will be announced as part of Sheffield Doc/Fest’s official awards ceremony, and will receive a prize of £1,000. All shortlisted finalists will also be included in the festival’s official screening selection.

In The Dark will also be teaming up with The Guardian to run a series of podcasts featuring some of our favorite work from the submissions.

The Judges

The winner will be chosen by a panel of international radio documentary and podcast makers:

Sherre DeLys (Producer, ABC)

Martina Castro (Co-founder, Radio Ambulante)

Boz Temple-Morris (Founder/Producer, Holy Mountain)

and will be chaired by Nina Garthwaite (Director, In The Dark, UK).

Read more about our judges here >>

A Golden Age for Audio

At In The Dark, we believe that this is a golden age for telling stories through sound. Producers are discovering new ways to tell stories beyond the confines of traditional broadcasting. Audiences are discovering new ways to listen beyond the FM radio dial.

Our award reflects this, and builds on In The Dark’s own expertise in promoting and curating audio storytelling over the last five years.

Sheffield Doc/Fest welcomes documentary in all its forms and on all platforms; through this Award Sheffield hopes to encourage a new wave of innovation in audio documentaries.

What we’re looking for

The award will recognise our favourite audio – work that is bold, compelling and inspiring. We are looking for work that demonstrates a spirit of adventure, whether it be in editing, storytelling, sound design, subject or presenting style.

Documentaries can be anything up to one hour, completed between 1st January 2014 and 2nd February 2015. We are inviting submissions from radio, podcast/online, live listening events and installations. Non English language pieces are welcome, as long as they are accompanied by an English translation script. Director’s cuts of broadcast work also welcome.

How to Submit

1. Read our Guidelines and Rules and Regulations.

2. Upload you audio to an online platform such as SoundCloud. Make sure the audio is downloadable. Use a private or password protected link if necessary. You can tell us the password on the Submission Form.

3. If your production is not in English, make sure you have an English translation ready for upload to the submission form.

4. Make a payment of £15 through the button at the top of  the submission form page. Please make a note of the Transaction ID, which you will need to copy into the submission form.

4. Fill in our Submission Form >>