International Audio Arts Festival

April 4th-7th 2019

Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, Ireland



Get Inspired!

 The HearSay Prize Winners 2014 

Need some inspiration before you crack out your microphone?

Grab your headphones and have a listen to some of the previous  winning entries


The HearSay Prize 2017


Our  Jury - Your work

From commissioning editors, to sound artists, writers to feature makers, some of the finest ears in creative audio from around the world will be listening to your entries


You can find out all the details on our Judges' page.


What You Win!

Flights to Ireland for Every Award Winner!

This year EVERY HearSay prize category winner living outside Ireland will receive a flight from anywhere in the world to  participate and accept their award in person at  HearSay2015


Weeklong Residency in a luxury mountain lodge (including the Festival Weekend).


An Invitation to HearSay2017!


Broadcast Commissions!


And more to be announced.



Special Categories

The CREATE Stream is the home of brand new work, created especially for entry to the HearSay Prize 2017.


The openness of the criteria (all forms, any content) balanced with the constraint of time (maximum 7 minutes) provides the perfect creative challenge.


If you fancy a chance to flex your creative muscle this is the stream for you.

The CELEBRATE Stream aims to recognise brilliant audio created prior to 31st December  2016 - but, in a twist, the work can be submitted as created, performed, podcast, broadcast or it can be reworked, extracted, or reimagined to suit the short format.


If you have a piece of work that's remarkable in its present short form or needs a little reimagining this is the stream for you.

All Entries to the CREATE and CELEBRATE Streams are eligble to enter the appropriate Special Category Awards.


This is an opportunity to honour the diversity of the creative audio world, to celebrate creativity and skill and to encourage new talent.



The HearSay Prize

Award Categories 2017

The HearSay prize invites entries of new work and existing work via two separate streams

All entries to both streams are also eligible for Special Category Awards

Broadcast & Creative Commissions 

Our Prize winners inspiring audio entries have subsequently been broadcast on radio stations around the world from ABC in Australia, to the BBC, and in some of the worlds finest podcasts.  


In 2017 for the first time, Award winners will also receive PAID commissions to create NEW  audio work. The commissions will be tailored to the interests and disciplines of the winners in a dialogue with the commissioning editors. More details on these commissions in the New Year.    

Weeklong Residency (including accommodation for the Festival )

The role of the stunning Ballyhoura Mountain Lodges and the welcoming Deebert House Hotel at the HearSay Festival is already legendary. It’s where our Festival contributors stay and break bread (and occasionally dance!) together.


In the time leading up to HearSay2015, people like Kaitlin Prest, Chris Brookes, Cathy Fitzgerald, and Jesse Cox came for 1-2 weeks beforehand to share experiences and work on new audio work. We've decided to extended the concept of residency to each of the 2017 Award Winners who will receive a weeklong residency in the Mountain Lodges. This week will include the 2 nights of the Festival itself.  

HearSay2017 Festival Pass and Award Ceremony 

Each category award winner will receive an invitiation to attend the HearSay2017 Festival. The 2015 Festival had 84 events over 3 days with attendees from 24 countries and was booked out 4 months in advance.


The Award winners will be showcased in a very special event at the Award Ceremony which will be held on November 17th 2017.  

Flights to Ireland for EVERY Award Winner!


If you’ve always dreamed of travelling to Ireland, the HearSay Prize is a creative way to make that a reality!


For the 2015 Festival, we flew HearSay Prize Winners from all over the world: Canada, Argentina, Israel, Italy, England. Their presence made a huge contribution to the magical atmosphere of the Festival.


This year EVERY (yes you read that correctly...) HearSay prize category winner living outside Ireland will receive a flight from anywhere in the world to attend the HearSay Festival in Kilfinane and to have a week long residency.

Best Irish Produced Award-Festival Package

The winner of the Special Category - HearSay Prize 2017 Best Irish Produced Award will win a specially tailored Festival Package. This includes a weeklong residency, an invitation to HearSay2017 in November plus a host of special HearSay2017 experiences (these ranged in 2015 from a special Audio Clinic with BBC Radio's Short Cut's Producer Eleanor McDowall to a mountain biking trip. ).


HearSay Prize 2017 - The incredible prizes in detail

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Stream 2

KilfinaneDJI7 Kaitlin Award lodges

NEW **Click here for the HearSay Prize 2017 SHORTLISTS!**


In 2014, the inaugural HearSay Prize attracted incredible entries from five continents .The HearSay Prize 2015 built on that wonderful beginning with incredible entries received from 24 Countries. The adventurous spirit of HearSay infused the many pieces submitted. They were, by turns, sonically experimental, exquisitely simple, deliciously intimate, and above all inspirational. Our winners were veterans and novices, sound artists, film-makers and documentary makers from all around the world.


In 2017 we are keeping the focus on short form audio, maintaing the types of work that can be entered for the awards, keeping the special prize categories, adding fantastic prizes and encouraging the entry of pieces not in the English language.


EARLYBIRD The entry fee for the HearSay Prize 2017 has been kept the same as 2015. We've also made Prize entry more accessible this year by introducing a special EarlyBird Entry Fee which offers a 30% reduction on the Entry Fee for those who submit their entries by December 15th 2016.


Read on for details of this year's competition, our fantastic prizes and how you can enter!

It's not  just about winning

The HearSay Prize is about inspiring and celebrating creative audio. Its about people who discovering new audio passions and forging new partnerships. One of our favourite moments of 2015 was the hug shared by Sophie Townsends 2015 Gold Award Winner with the 2014 Gold Award Winner Kaitlin Prest. Sophie had just landed in from Australia into the nest at Grey Heron Media where Kaitlin was making a stunning installation. Sophies award winning piece subsequently featured during the summer of 2016 in Kaitlin's  The Heart podcast.


Sophie also was commissioned by CBC's wonderful new Love Me podcast in 2016 who met her at HearSay 2015. In fact the team behind that podcast came together at HearSay2015 when Mira and Cristal joined us as the Audio Fiction Winners and met the host Lu,


And its not just about prize winners either, we also worked behind the scenes with Radiotopia's The Truth to share powerful entries with podcasts, to place entries we loved which didn't win, to get more ears. In 2014, Rikke Houd recorded a short piece at the Festival with the HurdyGurdy pop-up museum which was entered into the 2015 Competition.  It was commissioned by Jesse Cox of ABC for their "Radio with Rictures" and screened at HearSay2015. Subsequently the audio piece was broadcast on PRI's The Word on Thanksgiving.


Finally, one of the richest events at the Festival is a session where entries that don't win get played out in a packed space by members of the jury in discussion with entrants who are attending the festival

Closing Date: 

EARLYBIRD 15th December 2016


Both at 24:00hrs Irish Standard Time


Judges: Find our  Jury here.


Awards 2017: 9 Awards in total


2 Overall Awards

HearSay Create Award (Overall winner - for NEW audio work)


HearSay Celebrate Award (Overall winner - for EXISTING work)


2 Awards for Work in a

Language other than English

HearSay Create Ganbearla Award

HearSay Celebrate Ganbearla Award


5 Special Category Awards

Best Irish-Produced Award

Best Student Award

Sound/Radio Art Award

True Story Award

Audio Fiction Award

NEW - The HearSay Prize Winners!