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Submissions Wanted for 2023 New York Festivals Radio Award

New categories include Investigative Journalism and Best Nonfiction Series

The call is out for submissions to the 2023 New York Festivals Radio Award competition. 

Radio stations, networks and independent producers can submit podcast episodes, news clips, audio documentaries and audio book selections from Oct. 5, 2022, through Jan. 31, 2023. The collection comprises some of the best achievements within the global audio storytelling community, said representatives from the competition.

“Journalists today are finding new ways to keep viewers informed and engaged in our ever-changing and interconnected world,” said Rose Anderson, vice president and executive director of the New York Festivals Radio Awards. “Here at New York Festivals, we want to be able to amplify their dedication with categories tailored for those purposes along with stories that show how individual actions can change the world and the ability of the human spirit to triumph over adversity.”  

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This year, two new categories are being introduced as part of the 2023 awards: Investigative Journalism and Best Nonfiction Series. Among 14 different groups — including areas like Documentaries, Audio Books, Podcasts and Student categories — there are individual categories within each group. In the News Program group, for example, individual categories include Best Breaking News Story Coverage, Best Investigative Report and Best Public Affairs Program.

The entry fee for professional radio programs, podcasts and other categories range from $320 to $450; student submissions range from $75 to $150. A shortlist of winners will be announced in February and the Grand, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Finalist Diploma winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the NAB Show in Las Vegas in April 2023. 

The award winners in 2022 included submissions from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada including, Best Public Service Announcement Promotion for “Mental Health Minute” that was broadcast on more than 500 U.K. radio stations, Best Podcast for “The Disconnect: Power, Politics and the Texas Blackout” in the U.S. and Best Human Interest Story for the program “My Name is Joe McDonnell, Hunger Striker” that aired on the Irish program Ocean FM Radio. 

The organization said it has streamlined the submission process and now requires all entries to be submitted online