The Mark Time Awards

News and Notes

Entry Guidelines

the 2018 Mark Time Awards -
Extended to April 20, 2018

Finalists will be notified by May 4th, 2018.

Winners will be announced at the HEAR Now Audio Fiction and Arts Festival, June 7-10, 2018, Kansas City, MO.



The Mark Time Awards are given in recognition of the best current audio theatre productions in the genres of science fiction (Mark Time Award), fantasy and horror (The Ogle Award), and mystery/detective (The Danger Prize). The 2018 competition launches a new category for best comedy—The Squeeky Pickle Prize. The Runyon Award is open to a production in any of the above genre categories, produced by youth under 18.

The Betty Jo Award is given to the best acting performance among the winning submissions, at the judges’ discretion and The Bradshaw is given out of competition, for “services to the field,” awarded to an individual or group for outstanding contributions to the accomplishment, the advancement, or the preservation of the spoken audio arts. In its fourth year presenting at the HEAR Now Audio Fiction and Arts Festival in Kansas City, the Mark Time Awards will celebrate its 22nd year of honoring good work in the theatrical audio medium.

As a legacy project of the Firesign Theatre, the awards encourage creative use of the audio arts, encompassing skillful use of writing, voice performance, sound effects, acoustic environments, musical elements, and technological tools of the trade. The judging panel is made up of the surviving members of the Firesign Theatre family, the original founders of the Mark Time Awards, previous winners of the awards, and other professionals in the spoken word, broadcast, podcast, and audio arts community.

Both live “radio” performances and studio-based productions are eligible for consideration, as long as they have been produced and made available to the public via broadcast or digital platforms between May 1, 2016 and May 1st, 2018.

Mark Time Award

For Best Science Fiction Audio Theater of the Year
The Mark Time Award

The Ogle Award

For Best Fantasy or Horror Audio Theater of the Year
The Ogle Award

The Danger Prize

For Best Mystery/Detective Audio Theater of the Year
The Nick Danger Prize

The Bradshaw

For "service to the field" of audio theater.
The Bradshaw Award

The BettyJo

(But Everyone Knew Her As Nancy)
for Best Acting Performances in audio theater.
The Betty Jo Prize

2018 Mark Time Awards

Mark Time Finalists in All Categories

(Alphabetically by Producer)
Released May 8, 2018

Winners will be presented June 7 at the HEARNow Festival in Kansas City, MO. Ceremony will include a performance of Great Northern Audio’s Dialogue With Martian Trombone.


David Benedict, Atlanta Radio Theater
Lone Star Planet, Parts 3 and 4

Jack Bowman, The Wireless Theatre Company, London
The Springhill Saga: The Lords of the World

John Eder, Los Angeles, CA
Swear Jar, (from “To The Manor Borne By Robots”)

Todd Faulker, Uncanny County LLC, NY, NY
The Boy Who Cried Martian

Jason Hardcastle, Heorot Media LLC, Wilmington DE
Cerberus Rex

Eric Saras, Amity Bros., Jersey City, NJ

Dieter Zimmermann, protophonic, Cape Town, South Africa
Brad Lansky and the Result War


William Dufris, Pocket Universe Productions, S. Portland, ME
Sight Unseen

Greg McAfee, Downstairs Entertainment, San Diego, CA
Rex Rivetter: Private Eye

James Wortman, Every Now and Then Theatre, Ventura, CA
Houdini’s Secret Life


Darrell Brogdon, Right Between The Ears, Parkville MO
Over and Out Show

William Dufris, Audiocomics, S. Portland ME
Draculer RFD

Jonathan A. Goldberg, Roi Gold Productions, Westwood NJ
The Fall of the House of Sunshine

Cat Simril Ishikawa, N. Vancouver Canada


David Benedict, Atlanta Radio Theatre
Nairobi Jack Rackham and the Lost Gold…Episode 8

Roger Gregg, Dublin, Ireland
The Muse Unbidden

Michel Lafrance, The Owl Field, UK
The Fairy Tree

Lamplighter Ministries, Mount Morris NY
The Giant Killer


William Dufris, Dagaz Media, S. Portland ME
The Floodgates of Willowhill

Todd Faulkner, Uncanny County LLC, NY, NY

Kaitlin Statz, Fool and Scholar Productions, Sarasota, Fl
The White Vault (Season 1)