Australian Podcast Awards Submissions

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How do I enter?

To enter your podcast into the awards, you need to complete a submission form below. Each category has a separate entry form. To help you decide which category - or categories - to enter, each form has a detailed description of the category at the top. Do the best you can - we understand that podcasts can be difficult to categorise. Contact us with any questions.

How are podcasts judged?

As in important part of the submission process, you will upload a single episode audio file. This episode must have been released some time between 1 February 2017 and 1 February 2018. Judges will listen to this episode as an important starting point for their reviews. Other factors will be considered, such as previous episodes, overall body of work, and ways you engage with and provide value to your community of listeners, as perceived by the judging panel.

Can I enter more than one category?

Yes. Any podcast that enters one of our judged categories can also enter the Popular Vote. If your podcast is branded, you need to enter the Branded Podcast category. You may also enter the topic-based category your podcast fits into. If documentary style format and techniques are a dominant features of your podcast listeners' experience, you need to enter the Documentary Style Category. You may also enter the topic-based category your podcast fits into.

My podcast is linked to my business. Does that mean I should go into the Branded Podcast category?

We get that there is often a connection between a business owner's podcast and their business, but this does not mean that they have to enter the Branded Podcast category. The Branded Podcast category is more intended for medium-to-large businesses and corporations who commission podcast producers to create content that achieves their brand goals.

Judging Criteria Here

More FAQ:

Can I produce an episode especially for the awards?
What is the difference between a 'podcast' and an 'episode'?
What if I enter the wrong category?
What if my podcast is new? Can I still enter the awards?

Let us know if you have any more questions. Good luck!

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This category is for podcasts that utilise documentary formats to tell a nonfictional story. Common formats may include elements of scripted narration; re-enactment; on-location recording of sounds and interviews; other sophisticated use of sound-design, editing, or music soundtrack. Examples of genre include true crime, investigative journalism and history podcasts.

If a brand or organisation has a role in the direction of your content and messaging, then your podcast needs to be entered in the Branded Podcast category.

Once you complete your submission, you will receive an email containing information explaining how to enter the Popular Vote. Make sure you check our Terms Of Use below before submitting. Good luck!
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Podcasts in this category explore developments in news, current affairs and society. Common themes may include - but are not limited to - politics, the media, and matters of historical, social, and cultural significance.

If documentary style techniques are a dominant part of your listeners' experience, you need to enter the Documentary Style Category. You may also enter the News & Current Affairs category. If your podcast is branded, you need to enter the Branded Podcast category. You may also enter the News & Current Affairs category.

Once you complete your submission, you will receive an email containing information explaining how to enter the Popular Vote. Make sure you check our Terms Of Use below before submitting. Good luck!
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Storytelling podcasts tell fictional or non-fictional stories that entertain or intrigue listeners through a variety of storytelling formats, which may include:

  • Fictional series or one-off 
  • True stories, personal journeys
  • Solo narration, scripted or improvised
  • Live storytelling events
  • Long-form interview
If the content of your podcast is predominantly comedic, you need to enter the Comedy podcast category. If your podcast is branded, you need to enter the Branded Podcast category. You may also enter the Storytelling category.

Once you complete your submission, you will receive an email containing information explaining how to enter the Popular Vote. Make sure you check our Terms Of Use below before submitting. Good luck!
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This category is for podcasts about arts and entertainment-related topics, such as movies, film, TV, literature, theatre, dance, music, visual arts. 

Formats might include solo, panel or interview shows, such as discussions between practitioners or fans of the pursuits listed above.

If documentary style techniques are a dominant part of your listeners' experience, you need to enter the Documentary Style Category. You may also enter the Arts & Entertainment category. If your podcast is branded, you need to enter the Branded Podcast category. You may also enter the Arts & Entertainment category.

Once you complete your submission, you will receive an email containing information explaining how to enter the Popular Vote. Make sure you check our Terms Of Use below before submitting. Good luck!

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This category is for podcasts that focus on helping listeners live a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life. We welcome podcasts that explores topics such as:

  • Mental and physical health
  • Food and nutrition
  • Sex and relationships
  • Travel
  • Self-development
  • Meditation, spirituality and religion
If documentary style techniques are a dominant part of your listeners' experience, you need to enter the Documentary Style Category. You may also enter the Lifestyle & Health category. If your podcast is branded, you need to enter the Branded Podcast category. You may also enter the Lifestyle & Health category.

Once you complete your submission, you will receive an email containing information explaining how to enter the Popular Vote. Make sure you check our Terms Of Use below before submitting. Good luck!
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There is a podcast for just about every topic under the sun. Often, podcasts are relied upon when people want to know more about their own industry, or an industry that they are interested in getting to know better.

This category is for podcasts that provide insights about specific careers, vocations or professions. For example, podcasts about the legal industry, dentistry, mining, plumbing, architecture, dog walking, surf-lifesaving, cabinet-making, butchering, baking and candlestick-making.

If your podcast's focus is on marketing, advertising, public relations or similar, it needs to be entered into the Business & Marketing category.

If a brand or organisation has a role in the direction of your content and messaging, then your podcast needs to be entered in the Branded Podcast category. You may also enter the Career & Industry category. If documentary/narrative production styles are a big part of your listeners' experience, your podcast needs to be entered in the Documentary Style category. You may also enter the Career & Industry category.

Once you complete your submission, you will receive an email containing information explaining how to enter the Popular Vote. Make sure you check out our terms and conditions. It comes up when you click on Terms Of Use below before submitting. Good luck!
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This category is for podcasts that provide listeners with information, advice, best-practices and other commentary about the worlds of business, marketing, advertising, public relations, entrepreneurship and start-ups.

If a brand or organisation has a role in the direction of your content and messaging, then your podcast needs to be entered in the Branded Podcast category. You may also enter the Business & Marketing category. If documentary style techniques are a dominant part of your listeners' experience, you need to enter the Documentary Style Category. You may also enter the Business & Marketing category.

Once you complete your submission, you will receive an email containing information explaining how to enter the Popular Vote. Make sure you check our Terms Of Use below before submitting. Good luck!
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Comedy podcasts explore the funny side of life. Types of Comedy podcast formats may include solo, scripted or non-scripted, panel discussion or interviews with comedians, live performances, sketches or magazine-style segments. This could be satire, absurdist or just plain funny.

If your podcast just happens to be funny, but is really a topic-based podcast, eg Sport, Arts & Entertainment, it should go in the topic-based category, not Comedy.

If a brand or organisation has a role in the direction of your content and messaging, then your podcast should be entered in the Branded Podcast category. You may also enter the Comedy category.

Once you complete your submission, you will receive an email containing information explaining how to enter the Popular Vote. Make sure you check our Terms Of Use below before submitting. Good luck!

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This category is for podcasts about both professional and non-professional sports. Podcast formats may include - but are not limited to - solo, panel or interview podcasts about sport.

If documentary style techniques are a dominant part of your listeners' experience, you need to enter the Documentary Style Category. You may also enter the Sport category. If your podcast is branded, you need to enter the Branded Podcast category. You may also enter the Sport category.

Once you complete your submission, you will receive an email containing information explaining how to enter the Popular Vote. Make sure you check our Terms Of Use below before submitting. Good luck!
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This category is for podcasts of a variety of formats, which discuss the topics of gaming, or the gaming industry.

If documentary style techniques are a dominant part of your listeners' experience, you need to enter the Documentary Style Category. You may also enter the Gaming category. If your podcast is branded, you need to enter the Branded Podcast category. You may also enter the Gaming category.

Once you complete your submission, you will receive an email containing information explaining how to enter the Popular Vote. Make sure you check our Terms Of Use below before submitting. Good luck!
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This category is for podcasts that explore science and technology-related subject matter. Podcast formats may include - but are not limited to - solo, panel, interview or comedy podcasts about technology or science.

If documentary style techniques are a dominant part of your listeners' experience, you need to enter the Documentary Style Category. You may also enter the Technology & Science category. If your podcast is branded, you need to enter the Branded Podcast category. You may also enter the Technology & Science category.

Once you complete your submission, you will receive an email containing information explaining how to enter the Popular Vote. Make sure you check our Terms Of Use below before submitting. Good luck!
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This category is for podcasts you can listen to as a family that will educate and entertain the kids, and maybe even some of the parents as well. All podcast formats are welcome.

If your podcast is branded, you need to enter the Branded Podcast category. You may also enter the Family & Kids category.

Once you complete your submission, you will receive an email containing information explaining how to enter the Popular Vote. Make sure you check our Terms Of Use below before submitting. Good luck!
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Thanks for entering the Newcomer or Short Series category of the Australian Podcast Awards.

IMPORTANT: If you have released 4 or more episodes of your podcast between 1 February 2017 and 1 February 2018, you are not eligible for this category.

A podcast is eligible for the Newcomer or Short Series category if they have released a total of 3 or less episodes between February 1 2017 and February 1 2018.

Podcasts are also eligible to enter the Newcomer or Short Series category if they release one or more episodes between February 1 and when entries close, (Updated 19 February)

All podcast formats are welcome.

If your podcast is a branded podcast, you must enter it in the Branded Podcast category.

Once you complete your submission into the Newcomer or Short Series category, you will receive an email containing information explaining how to enter the Popular Vote.

Please read our Terms Of Use before submitting.

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A branded podcast is funded by an commercial or not-for-profit organisation. It has the purpose of promoting a brand or conveying the messaging of an organisation. Branded podcasts of all styles and formats need to enter this category before entering another category.

Once you complete your submission, you will receive an email containing information explaining how to enter the Popular Vote. Make sure you check our Terms Of Use below before submitting. Good luck!