The Mark Time Awards

News and Notes

2018 Entries will be accepted from January 1st, 2018 to April 20th, 2018. 

Productions must be completed between May 1st, 2016 and May 1st, 2018, except for in the new comedy award, The Squeeky Pickle Prize, which will accept entries produced within the last three years.

Entry Form Word DOC

Entry Form PDF


How To Enter

Mark Time Awards Entry Guidelines

The Mark Time Awards are given to honor the best in audio theatre production in the English language, in the following genre categories:

The Mark Time Award for the best Science Fiction production.
The Ogle Award for best fantasy or horror.
The Nick Danger Prize for the best in the mystery/detective genre.
The Squeeky Pickle for best comedy production. (NEW!)
The Betty Jo (But Everyone Knew Her as Nancy) for best acting performances, among entries in all categories. (Judges discretion)
• T
he Runyon for audio theatre produced by youth under 18 years of age.
The Bradshaw for “service to the field.” (Judges discretion)


All entries will be judged on creative and original use of the audio theatre medium, which employs writing, voice acting, sound effects, acoustic environments, music, and technological accomplishment. The final mix of these elements will be a deciding factor. Simple multi-cast or single-voice readings of books are generally not considered audio theatre.

The Betty Jo Award for Best Performance will be adjudicated among all entries by the judges.

The Bradshaw will be awarded by nomination from the Mark Time Advisory Board.


The Mark Time Awards submission process opens January 1, 2018 and closes April 20, 2018. Finalists will be notified by May 4, 2018. Winners will be announced at the HEAR Now Audio Fiction and Arts Festival, June 7, 2018 in Kansas City, MO.

Both application form and the production samples can be submitted digitally. Download the entry form as a
MS Word Doc or PDF, fill it out, and either cut and paste back into an email or add the form as an attachment to the email addressed to Write “Mark Time 2018 Submission” in the subject line.


Work samples should be sent by an easily accessible link and must include a one-minute tease from the production, as a separate track, from the complete production submission. The one-minute selection will be used for promotion and the awards event, should it be a winner, and it will be used to screen finalists.

CD copies are no longer required but if you choose to submit your show on CD, make sure it plays back on regular audio CD players, such as are found in the car or audio consoles.


Each production submitted requires a $50 entry fee, payable to “Otherworld Media” by check, money order, Western Union or PayPal (See Below).

If making more than one submission, fill out a form for each, but make one payment for all entries.

The Runyon Youth Award entry fee is $25.
MTA Entry fees

Scholarships are available to cover the entry fee, for exceptional circumstances. Please inquire for qualifications.

If you choose to mail your entry, send the completed form with the link infiormation or CD, along with the entry fee to:

Mark Time Awards
c/o Otherworld Media
PO Box 566
Freeland, WA 98249

Submissions must be received by April 20, 2018 to be eligible.

The judges reserve the right to withhold an award, in the event that no qualified production has been submitted.


Winners will be announced at a special Mark Time Awards event, June 7, at 9 p.m., at the
HEAR Now Audio Fiction and Arts Festival, held June 7-10, 2018, Kansas City, MO. (

MTA finalists who choose to attend the HEAR Now Festival are eligible for a discounted Artist Participant Festival Pass of $125 for primary events and programs, June 7-10, 2018. Mark Time Awards event- and reception-only tickets are also available at $25 for adults, with free admission for youth under 18.

For more information about the HEAR Now Festival and additional participation opportunities at the festival go to: