2024 Season Podcast Awards and How to Apply

2024 Season Podcast Awards and How to Apply

Podcasts have grown to be such an incredible medium for education, entertainment, storytelling, news sharing, and a way to find and build community with like-minded individuals. As podcasters, we know how much time and effort goes into the planning, producing, and promotion of every episode. Whether you’re an individual carrying the weight of the production yourself or you have a team of people behind you, you deserve to be recognized and celebrated for your work. Your audience notices the passion you pour into your show and podcast awards are another way for the world to participate in this praise. 

If you’re a podcaster who wants to be considered for a podcasting award but you don’t know where to start, you’re in the right place. Join us as we break down popular podcast awards, their eligibility, and how to apply or be nominated. 

The information and dates in this article are representative of the 2024 awards season. Most if not all of these awards are presented on a yearly basis so if you miss this year’s submission deadlines, you can use the 2023 dates as a guide for when to apply in 2024 for the 2025 awards season.

2024 Season Podcast Awards and How to Apply

Webby Awards

  1. Overview & Deadlines

The Webby Awards are one of the largest, well-known internet awards honoring outstanding work on the internet, including podcasting. 

The early entry deadline for the current award season is Friday, October 27, 2023, and the final entry deadline is Friday, December 15, 2023

  1. Categories 

Categories recognize outstanding work in podcast episodes, series, limited series and specials, across creativity and marketing, crime and justice, sustainability and environment, best host, best writing, and more. 

  1. Eligibility, Guidelines, and Fees

The Webby Award Competition is open to all organizations and individuals involved in the process of designing, building, managing, maintaining, marketing, or promoting digital work. To be eligible for the current season, the work must be live and accessible to its intended audience for some period of time between October of the year before through February of the year after.  

The regular entry fee for the 2024 award season is $435 for the early entry deadline and increases to $495 for the final entry deadline. 

Visit the Webby Awards website for more detailed information on eligibility, guidelines, and fees. 

  1. Judging Criteria 

There are 3 categories that the Webby Awards base their judging criteria on: 

  • Concept and Writing
  • Quality of Craft
  • Overall Experience

For more details on judging criteria and all things Webby Awards visit, https://www.webbyawards.com/ 

Podcast Academy’s Ambies

  1. Overview & Deadlines

The Ambies “celebrate excellence in podcasting and elevate awareness and status of podcasts as a unique and personal medium for entertainment, information, storytelling, and expression.” 

Entries for the 2024 season are open from August 1, 2023- November 17, 2023. (Podcasts launching AFTER November 17 can still apply and submit their files once the podcast has officially launched). 

  1. Categories

The Ambies have two main categories of awards: Show Recognition Categories (including awards such as Podcast of the Year, Best Indie Podcast, Best Business Podcast, Best Comedy Podcast, and more covering several other genres of podcasts) and Talent Recognition Categories (including awards such as Best Podcast Host or Hosts, Best Reporting, Best Scriptwriting, Best Production and Sound Design, etc.)

For the full list of categories, check out, https://theambies.awardsengine.com/categories 

  1. Eligibility, Guidelines, and Fees

The Ambies are open to production companies, individual producers/ creators, and distributors of a podcast series that published 3 or more episodes during the award season’s previous year (January 1, 2023- December 31, 2023, for this award season). 

Early bird pricing for Podcast Academy members is $150 and bumps to $200 for regular submissions. 

Pricing for non-members starts at $200 for early bird pricing and bumps to $250 for regular submissions. 

Visit The Ambies website for more information on eligibility, guidelines, and fees

  1. Judging Criteria 

All entries are listened through entirely and evaluated by a ‘Blue Ribbon’ panel of judges, composed of members of The Podcast Academy. Evaluations from this panel will then determine the nominees in each category. 

From there, voting opens to members of The Podcast Academy for one month and winners announced at the live Ambies ceremony on March 26, 2024. 

People’s Choice Podcast Award

  1. Overview & Deadlines

The People’s Choice Podcast Awards gives podcast fans the opportunity to nominate and vote for their favorite podcasts across a variety of categories. Podcasters are encouraged to work with their audience and ask for nominations so if you have an engaged and supportive audience, this award might just be for you. 

The 2024 annual awards will open for registration from February 1, 2024, through July 31, 2024. After the voting period, winners will be announced at a live ceremony held in conjunction with International Podcast Day on or around September 30th. 

  1. Categories

Categories range from the best female hosted podcast, best male hosted podcast, best in arts, best in business, best in comedy, and so on throughout various categories. 

For a full listing of categories, see the Podcast Award’s past winners

  1. Eligibility, Guidelines, and Fees

The People’s Choice Podcast Awards are International and open to all shows, regardless of country of origin or language. All nominees are required to have posted on or before July 31 and have a minimum of 10 published episodes (documentary series with under 10 episodes are still eligible. 

Although this is a nomination-based award, podcasters wishing to be eligible to be nominated can register through the registration page incurring a $50 registration fee per category. 

Visit the Podcast Awards website for more information on eligibility, guidelines, and fees.

  1. Judging Criteria 

After the nomination period ends, a nomination committee- made up of three Podcast Awards team members- reviews the top 10 nominated shows, validates eligibility, and announces the slate of shows to be voted on. 

From there, journalists, podcast thought leaders, legacy podcasters, sponsors, and individuals of the committee’s choosing are invited to review and vote. Alongside them, a fourth of the listeners who volunteered to vote during registration will cast their ballots for a minimum of 5 shows each. 

Quill Podcast Awards

  1. Overview & Deadlines

The Quill Podcast Awards are a yearly digital awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of podcasters and podcast companies. The awards celebrate “those who have made a positive impact in the space, become leaders in their niche, and create outstanding content.”

Nominations and voting for the Quill Podcast awards have a quicker turnaround time than most, opening in mid-April and being announced in early May of the current season. 

  1. Categories

Award categories include podcast of the year, best new podcast, genre-specific “best in” categories, branded podcast of the year, best B2B and best B2C branded podcast, best podcast agency, best podcast hosting platform, etc.

For a full list of award categories, visit the Quill Podcasting Awards website: https://www.quillpodcasting.com/qpa/quill-podcast-awards 

  1. Eligibility, Guidelines, and Fees

Unlike many other podcast awards, the Quill Podcasting Awards are free to enter and open to anyone who may want to nominate or be nominated. 

  1. Judging Criteria 

While nominations are open to the public, judging is held by a group of industry experts who come together to determine the winners. 

The Gracies

  1. Overview & Deadlines

Hosted by the Alliance for Women in Media, The Gracies shines a spotlight on women in media. Their role is to “recognize exemplary programming created by women, for women, and about women in all facets of media and entertainment by focus on the women making a positive change and further the discussion of what a fulfilling career in media looks like.”

The early bird deadline for entries closes on Thursday. December 14, 2023, and the regular deadline closes Thursday, January 18, 2024. National winners will be honored at the Gracies Gala on May 21, 2024.

  1. Categories

While The Gracies celebrates women across all walks of media, there are several categories for podcasting within their digital media awards. Podcasting awards include awards for Podcast Host- News, Podcast Host- Lifestyle, Podcast Host- Entertainment, Podcast Co-host/ Ensemble, Podcast- Lifestyle, Podcast- Entertainment, Podcast- Investigative, Podcast- Educational, Podcast- Sports, Podcast- Scripted, and Podcast- Producer.

For a full list of Digital Media categories please visit: https://allwomeninmedia.org/app/uploads/2023/10/2024-Digital-Media-with-Descriptions.pdf 

  1. Eligibility, Guidelines, and Fees

Following the Gracie’s by women, for women, or about women foundation entries must fall within these categories to be considered. Entries must be produced, directed, reported, or written by at least one woman, must reflect subject matters of interest and concern to women (but do not have to focus on women), or about a specific woman or group of women. 

Entries must have aired/ debuted for the first time between January 1, 2023, and December 31, 2023, to be eligible for the 2024 awards season.

Each category requires a separate entry form and entry fee though the fees are not explicitly listed. 

Visit The Gracies website for more information on eligibility, guidelines, and fees

  1. Judging Criteria 

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation seeks qualified applicants to take part in the in-person and/ or virtual judging process. Once the panel of judges is established, they take part in reviewing, critiquing, and selecting award winners. 

Signal Awards

  1. Overview & Deadlines

The Signal Awards know that podcasts are everything. That’s why they “seek to honor and celebrate the people and content that raise the bar for podcasting.” The Signal Awards mission is to find the unappreciated gems in the podcast world, share them, amplify them, and celebrate them. 

The 2023 award season ran from March 2023 through October 2023 with winners announced on October 10, 2023. This gives us a good idea of when we can expect the 2024 awards season to take place.

  1. Categories

The Signal Awards focus on 4 main types of entries with a multitude of award categories within each. These types of entries include: 

  1. Shows
  2. Limited Series and Special 
  3. Individual Episodes
  4. Branded Shows and Advertising 

For a full list of award categories please visit: https://www.signalaward.com/categories/ 

  1. Eligibility, Guidelines, and Fees

The Signal Awards are open to all organizations and individuals involved in the process of creating, running, hosting, managing, maintaining, marketing, or promoting podcasts. There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit OR the number of categories you may enter. 

Fees for the 2023 awards season range between $225 for Individual Episodes up to $275 for Branded Shows and Ads. 

Visit the Signal Awards website for more information on eligibility, guidelines, and fees

  1. Judging Criteria 

Each entry is evaluated by multiple judges who provide scores based on the appropriate criteria for each category. Top-scoring entries move on to being finalists and are further evaluated to decide the winners. 

Honorable Mentions

For podcasters outside of the United States, there are several location-based podcasting awards you may be eligible for. Check out:

As the world of podcasting grows, we can expect to see more and more podcast awards popping up to recognize and celebrate the outstanding work that goes into podcasts. From established ceremonies like the Webby Awards to newer, niche-specific awards it is so important that we not only encourage excellence in our industry but celebrate it every step of the way.

Remember, you don’t necessarily have to win an award to have a successful podcast. That goes back to ensuring that your podcast is achieving the goals you’ve set out for it. If that’s happening, then you have a successful podcast.

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