IDA Adds Audio Documentary Category

The International Documentary Association (IDA) announced a new IDA Documentary Awards category: Best Audio Documentary. Producers and distributors of nonfiction podcasts and radio programming are welcome to submit stand-alone 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.

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.

The Audio Documentary Category celebrates the best in nonfiction storytelling in Radio & podcast. The IDA currently accepts both stand-alone and documentary episodic series. A stand-alone may be either a one-off program not part of any series, or a single or multi-part documentary episode from a series 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 of the episodes being listened to in order to create a complete story and/or support a complete theme.

Here are a few more things to know:

  • Submission must be made online.
  • In the online submission, you must provide a link of each of the submitted episodes.
  • The IDA is not able to accept non-English language entries.
  • The submission fee is $85 for IDA members and $125 for non-members.
  • Non-payment of the entry fee will result in submission ineligibility.

Visit the IDA website for more information about the Audio Documentary Category and how to be eligible for it. It is possible to download the rules and regulations as a PDF from their website.