International Audio Arts Festival
April 4th-7th 2019
What we are looking for - What to Enter
Self-contained audio pieces, between 2 - 7 minutes in duration. Seven minues is the maximum and piece of longer duration should not be entered. Remember if it is for the "Celebrate" Stream for pre-existing work, then it can be recut.
Entries can take any form - documentary, sound art, audio fiction, location report, field recording, sound poem etc. etc.
This year we're delighted to invite entries again from around the world. Entries in any language are welcome and we have a special award to recognise the best entry to each stream in a language other than English.
We're looking for the most adventurous, freshest voices in audio from all genres and backgrounds, sound artists to documentary producers, filmmakers to radio dramatists, veterans and newcomers. We're looking for creative collaborations and singular voices.
We welcome entries from those who are starting out and students and also from experienced producers and artists. We've got special category awards which encourage people from different disciplines and different levels of experience to enter. We're driven by a commitment to sound and its ability to move, inspire, challenge and intrigue us.
There’s very little not allowed – It’s not a song contest so songs or straight up musical tracks are unlikely to succeed but the use of music or song is not excluded. Field recordings, interviews, drama, scripts, stories, found sounds, original music, actuality - feel free to use every sound at your disposal - make every moment count.
Prize Details Each Award Winner will win a return flight for one person from anywhere in the world to HearSay19, A Festival Pass to HearSay19, A One Week Residency in a luxury mountain lodge including for the three nights of the festival, a Broadcast/Creative Commission (overall winners), and presentation of your entry at the HearSay Prize 2019 Awards Night on April 5th 2019.
Each piece entered in the CREATE stream should be a Brand NEW piece of work created specifically for or uniquely entered in the HearSay Prize 2020.
Entries to CREATE must not have been broadcast or otherwise widely publicly heard. Extracts from other work belong in the Celebrate Stream.
Each piece entered in the CELEBRATE stream can have been broadcast, podcast, exhibited or otherwise publicly made available.
Entries to Celebrate DO NOT have to be entered in their original broadcast form, they may be reworked, extracted, or reimagined for entry into this competition. If it's already perfect and below seven minutes in length, you can submit it just the way it is!
All Entries to the CREATE and CELEBRATE Streams are eligible to enter the appropriate Special Category Awards. These awards honour the diversity of the creative audio world, to celebrate creativity and skill and to encourage new talent.
All Entries to the CELEBRATE Stream are eligible for the HearSay Prize 2020 Gold CELEBRATE Overall Award.
Entries in a language other than English are eligible for the 2020 CELEBRATE GanBéarla Award.
in 2019 These were:
2019 Best Student Award
This prize will be awarded to the entry which the jury considers to be the outstanding student entry (full-time education)
2019 Best Irish-Produced Award
This prize will be awarded to the entry which the HearSay2015 jury considers to be the outstanding Irish-produced entry
2019 True Story Award
This prize will be awarded to the entry which the jury considers to have the most compelling true narrative - a true story, well told. This could be a piece of sound-rich reportage, a short documentary, a moment that captures a lifetime...it's got to be true, is all.
2019 Sound/Radio Art Award
This prize will be awarded to the entry which the jury considers to be the most outstanding and original radio art entry. What is radio art? For our purposes, this is a broad field where those who make artistic use of sound and radio can play, it's not the place for a journalistic piece or for a straightforward storytelling piece.
2019 Audio Fiction Award
This prize will be awarded to the entry which the jury considers to have created the most engaging fictional world..
All Entries to the CREATE Streams are eligible for the HearSay Prize 2020 CREATE Gold Overall Award.
Entries in a language other than English are eligible for the 2020 CREATE GanBéarla Award.
The 2020 HearSay Prize
opens for entries 30th September
Deadline for entries is
18th November 2020 .
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EARLYBIRD 20th October 2020
FINAL 18th November 2020
23rd April 2021
Judges: Find our 2019 Jury here.
(The 2020 Jury is revealed in October
9 Awards in total
2 Overall Awards
HearSay CREATE Gold Award
(Overall winner - for NEW audio work)
HearSay CELEBRATE Gold Award
(Overall winner - for EXISTING work)
2 Awards for Work in a
Language other than English
HearSay Create Ganbearla Award
HearSay Celebrate Ganbearla Award
1 Award to recognise emerging audio makers (Full-Time Student and/or under age of 21)
HearSay Rising Award
Special Category Awards
to be announced in September 2020