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



The Mark Time Awards submission process opens January 1, 2018 and closes April 20, 2018. Finalists will be notified by May 4th, 2018.
Due to a large number of last minute entries, the announcement of finalists will be delayed until Monday May 7th. Winners will be announced at the HEAR Now Audio Fiction and Arts Festival, June 7-10, 2018 in Kansas City, MO.