We are looking for shows that celebrate the best of the podcast medium, rewarding programmes that create high-quality, episodic content, consumed by their subscribers and podcast app listeners.
To that end, judges will be asked to reward entries with an appreciation of the podcast audience and medium, and that do so on consistently: week in, week out.
For those that entered last year, we have highlighted changes to the entry process in black.
Programmes (and audio submitted) for the main awards must have been either produced in Great Britain and Northern Ireland or designed for UK audiences and published between 1st January 2018 and 31st January 2019 inclusive.
Entrants must have at least six episodes published during the qualifying period; this is because we want to inform listeners of great British podcast series, rather than short-run or one-off works. Best Fiction and Listeners’ Choice categories need to have a minimum of three episodes published.
To qualify for the Listeners' Choice Award, podcasts must have been available between March 2018 - March 2019.
Audio from the entries must have been available to download via RSS from the qualifying period, or free to access and subscribable on an audio app or website,. All episodes featured in the entry must be available now until the end of May 2019.
Each entry MUST be a single MP3 (or WAV) and include material from at least three separate episodes from within the qualifying period, unless otherwise stated, with clear fade in/out between extracts. You may use a maximum of five clips in your entry - except for Best Interview (where you can have 1-5 clips) and Moment Of The Year (where only one clip is required). No non-podcast audio should be included.
Entries should be predominantly in English.
Maximum 15mins per entry. It would help us if you could keep a lossless version (for example .wav or .aiff) available. We may ask you for it at a later date.
Written submissions should be no more than 250 words. In addition, we welcome listening statistics and track-listings.
Each nominee agrees to provide the British Podcast Awards with non-exclusive rights to present submissions in their entirety (or through clips we make) to promote the awards, both on the British Podcast Awards site and via other media outlets.
The Best New Podcast category is exclusively for shows that launched their first episode in 2018, and produced six episodes in the qualifying period.
The Bullseye Award is for podcasts with 5000 downloads or fewer per episode (within a month of release). It is free to enter when you submit to any standard category - just opt-in on the Your Details page.
If copyrighted content forms part of the entry, details of relevant agreements should be mentioned in the written submission. (e.g. has a PRS licence been purchased)
Conflict of Interest: individuals or companies directly involved in production, judging and/or sponsorship of these Awards must alert us to any conflicts. We may choose to exclude an entry in certain categories; any potential conflicts of interest will be decided by the independent Chair of Judges.
Any disputes will be resolved on the principle of Equity.
Judges’ decisions are Final.
Terms and Conditions
The Organiser of the British Podcast Awards is Podcast Awards Ltd.
By entering the British Podcast Awards, the Entrant will be deemed to have read and understood these rules and to be bound by them. These rules include any instructions set out by the dedicated submission website.
Entry is by reference to the award categories. There is no restriction on the number of entries or on the number of categories for which an Entrant may submit their entry.
The Organiser reserves the right at its absolute discretion to reject any entry that it deems inappropriate.
Submission of all entries for 2019 and accompanying payment must be completed by the deadline published on the How To Enter page.
Entries will only be accepted if they are completed in full and submitted through the dedicated submission website and accompanied by the entry fee.
Responsibility cannot be accepted for any lost, late or mislaid entry and any entry which is damaged, defaced, illegible or incomplete, or which otherwise does not comply with these terms and conditions may be deemed invalid at the sole discretion of the Organiser.
In each of the British Podcast Awards categories, there will be a Gold, Silver and Bronze winner. All winners will be chosen by a panel of judges drawn from the media industry as selected by the Organiser and Chair of the judges.
The prize for each winner will be a trophy. There is no cash alternative.
The winners will be announced on 18th May 2019 at Kings Place, London.
Winners will also be published on the Organiser’s website.
The Organiser reserves the right to change the categories and the judging panel without prior notice to the entrants.
The decision of the Chair of Judges on all matters affecting this competition is final and legally binding.
No correspondence will be entered into.
Winners and finalists may be required to take part in some post-event publicity and consent to their name and images being used for such purposes.
The Organiser licenses any winner to use the British Podcast Awards logo and laurel in connection with its award providing the year won is stated.
It may be necessary for reasons beyond the Organiser’s control to alter the venue and/or date of the British Podcast Awards. In such eventuality the Organisers will give as much notice as it can as per the transfer of venue and/or date.
These terms and conditions are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales will have exclusive jurisdiction.