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Among the prizes awarded for acoustic creation, the Phonurgia Nova competition has, since 1986, occupied a special place by virtue of its recognition of artists whose work exploits sound as a medium for expressing the real and the imaginary. The contest is open to all authors, artists and producers (independent and public radios, musicians, composers, sound artists and multimedia teams). An international jury panel (made up of representatives from the radio industry, the art press and the sound world) will judge the entries.

This year’s competition will distinguish authors whose work manifests a keen sense of sound and listening as means of expression. In all categories, the criterions remain: “Radicality, boldness, audibility”! As usual, the jury will consider all forms of inventive radio and podcast (documentary, feature, fiction, essays, Hörspiel, Field recording, etc.).
The jury will deliberate on two types of works : 
1) completed production (granted with euros) 
2) project (granted with residencies in several studios in France)

All radio/audio entries to Phonurgia Nova Awards 2024 must have been produced during the two past years. Works that have not yet been broadcast/published are also eligible. All preselected works will be broadcasted during the two days’ Festival in their entirety if they do not exceed 20 minutes. If the piece is longer, an extract should be chosen by the author to be broadcast in public.

The jury will award 5 Prizes  :
1) A “Sound Art Award” prize of 1 000 € (for the finalised production).
2) A “ Fiction Award ” of 1 000 € will award a work in french. 
3) A “Spoken Archives / feature Award” of 1 000€ will award an author or group of authors claiming creative freedom in collecting and/or manufacturing the spoken word (without any language restriction).
4) A “Field Recording Award” of 1 000€ is granted by the Musée Réattu (Arles Fine arts museum). It will award an author or group of authors claiming creative freedom in exploring the sound of nature, and interaction between humans and their environement.
5) A “Pierre Schaeffer Discovery Award” of 500€ (for the finalised production). This category is only open for authors less than 30 years old at the date of the competition deadline.

In addition, 4 residencies will be granted for innovate projects, submitted as scripts, in these various areas. These residencies will take place at GMEM (Marseille), Euphonia (Marseille), Art Zoyd (Valenciennes, France), and AVATAR (Québec, Canada). The discussions of the jury are open to the public during listening days (13>16th of November at the GMEM). The final jury decisions are not subject to appeal. The awarded works and some others works belonging to the final selection will be offered to the members of the EBU European Broadcasting Union, and to the French radio non-profit networks, for one free broadcast per station. The broadcasts will be declared to the respective author’s rights organisations.

Each entry must be completed in English or in French, and drop audio files submitted via the following Dropbox link. Download our guidelines here.

Each submission must include:
1 – a biography of the author(s) and general information concerning their habitual manner of working. 
2 – an authorisation to participate from the production or the co-authors for the submitted works
3 – a short description of the submitted work
4 – a good quality, high resolution audio file  (wav)
5 – in the ‘project’ category: we expect a description and/or “maquette” and/or a scenario of the project, accompanied by any documentation which could inform the jury as to the intention of the authors and the technical requirements of the project
6 – a transcription in English of the text included in the work, if relevant
7 – for the “Pierre Schaeffer Prize”, in addition to the documents above, we ask for a copy of an identity card showing clearly the date of birth of the author(s).

We expect one application form per submission in the different categories (and not one per author/producer).

An application form is available online, where you will also be able to upload the required files.

Between 31 July and beginnig of october 2024 all submissions will be listened to, checked and evaluated by experts who do not belong to any broadcaster and do not have an entry of their own. This pre-selection procedure aims to offer an overview of international media production including established national, regional and local broadcasters as well as independent producers and new talents. The results of the pre-selection (list of nominations) will be published by beginnig of october 2024.

Registration fee for the different prizes mentioned above = 30 euros (and 15 euros for each work submitted to the Pierre Schaeffer Discovery Award). All payments made from outside France must be made via Paypal or by direct bank to bank transfer to :
Bank: BNP Arles, 10 place de la République, 13200 Arles
IBAN : FR76 3000 4000 4400 0201 4673 195 / BIC BNPAFRPPNIM.
All bank charges must be prepaid. No refunds will be made.

Applicants are asked to submit their productions by the 31th July 2024 midnight (CET). The Festival will take place on November the 13, 14, 15 and 16th,  at the GMEM (Marseille). Theses days of listening are open to everybody. Results will be announced on the final evening and then published on our website. They will be shared with all participants by email. The terms and conditions of the artist-in residence program will be organised during the year 2024, in accordance with dates chosen by the prizes’ winners. Prize winning works will be auditioned or exhibited by Phonurgia Nova in 2025.

Authors must make sure that any participant or right owner has given their full consent and agreement for the work to be submitted to the Festival. The Festival management is not legally responsible for any damage caused on any piece of the entry. The Festival management reserves the right to use any selected work in order to promote the Festival. The completed entry form represents the candidate’s consent to the above rules and regulations. The French version of this text will be taken into account in case of any contestation.

An online “listening room” is available at and enables visitors to have access to collections of some previously selected works.

All the materials received at the Phonurgia Nova contest will constitute a permanent archive of audio works. This archive will be opened to the public for free whitout any restriction in space or time.

A blog will allow you to follow all steps of the selection process on our website. For further information or any questions, feel free to contact

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For further information about this competition, please feel free to contact the Phonurgia Nova office in Arles :

Phonurgia Nova Awards
10, place Joseph Patrat
13200 Arles France