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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 and producers (independant and public radios, musicians, composers, sound artists and multimedia production 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 digital forms (documentary, feature, fiction, essays, Hörspiel, experimental radio, Field recording, podcasts, etc.).
The jury will deliberate on two types of works : 
1) completed production (granted with euros) 
2) project (granted with residencies and workshops)

All radio/audio entries to Phonurgia Nova Awards 2019 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 integrality if they do not exceed 20 minutes. If the piece is longer, an extract will be chose by the author for the broadcast in public.

The jury will award 5 Prizes  :
1) The “Sound Art Award” of 2 000 € (for the finalized production), is granted by the french authors society, SACEM.
2) The “ Fiction Award ” of 2 000 € will award a production in french. 
3) The “Spoken archives Award” of 1 000€ granted by the BnF / Bibliothèque Nationale de France – François Mitterrand. It will award an author or group of authors claiming creative freedom in collecting and/or manufacturing the speech (without any language restriction).
4) The “Field recording Award” of 1 000€ is granted by the ” Musée de la Camargue” (Arles). It will award an author or group of authors claiming creative freedom in exploring the sound of nature, and interaction between humans and the environnement.
5) The “Pierre Schaeffer Discovery Award” of 500€ (for the finalized production) and several Phonurgia Nova Workshops (for the projects) during summer 2020. This category is only open for authors less than 30 years old at the date of the competition. If you submit a work or a project in this category you must be born after July 15, 1989.

In addition, 3 residencies will be granted for innovating projects, submitted as scripts, in these various areas. These residencies will take place at GRM/INA (Paris), GMVL (Lyon), Euphonia (Marseille), and Phonurgia Nova (Arles). The discussions of the jury are open to the public during two listening days (28th and 29th of September at the BnF). 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 organizations.

Each entry must be filled out in English or in French, and drop audio files on the following website Dropbox. Download our guideline here.

Each submission must include:
1 – a biography of the author(s) and general information concerning his (their) habitual manner of working. 
2 – an authorization to participate from the production or the co-authors of the works submitted 
3 – a short description of the work submitted 
4 – a sound file in good quality (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 Discovery award”, in addition with the documents above, we ask for a copy of an identity card mentioning the date of birth of the authors.
We expect one application form by submission in the different categories (and not one per author/producer).

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

Between 15 July and 31 August 2019 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 1st September 2019.

Registration fee for the different prizes mentioned above = 30 euros (and 15 euros for each work submitted to the “Pierre Schaeffer Discovery Award”). All payment 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 15th July 2019. The Festival will take place on September the 28th and 29th 2019 at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France / BnF, site François Mitterrand (Paris). Theses two days of listening are open to everybody. Results will be announced on 29th evening and published on our website. They will be given to all participants by email. The terms of artist-in residence will be organized during the year 2020, in accordance with dates chosen by the prizes’ winners. Prize winning works will be auditioned or exhibited by Phonurgia Nova in 2020.

Authors must make sure that any participant or right owner has given his agreement. 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 in account in case of contestation.

An online “listening room” on enables visitors to have access to some previous 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.

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

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

Phonurgia Nova Awards
39, rue Genive
13200 Arles France