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Got a podcast idea that keeps you up at night?
Here’s your chance to get that genius concept off the ground. For this, the second annual So You Think You Can Pod competition, three Australian podcast wannabes will have their pitches prodded, workshopped and sharpened by our panel of audio producers in front of a live audience – and the winner will walk away with a Wheeler Centre mentorship and prize pack worth $8,000.
The winning entry for So You Think You Can Pod 2017 is 'Waru', from Coel Healy. Named for the Martu word for fire, the pitch was for a proposed six-part podcast series about Australia's unique relationship with bushfires. The judges were impressed by Coel's clear, focussed idea, its uniqueness and its potential for development into a richly imaginative, soundful body of work.
Coel will receive a six-month audio mentorship with the Wheeler Centre to the value of $8000. This includes:
- Editorial, production and marketing advice and feedback from the team that brought you Better Off Dead and The Messenger
- Recording time in a professional, Melbourne-based studio
- A cash prize of $3000
- Free tickets to all Invasion of the Pod People events in 2018
- Professional audio editing software (three-year Hindenburg Journalist PRO licences for up to three team members valued at $420 each)
- A kit of podcaster essentials – including a microphone, headphones and portable recorder
The two runners-up were Penelope Bartlau (with Darius Kedros and Patrick Humbert) with 'The Sound of Cancer', and Melanie Thomson (with Nick Henderson of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives) for 'Queer Histories Australia'. These teams will each receive a one-year Hindenburg Journalist PRO licence (for up to three team members) valued at $120 each.
These three entries stood out from a very competitive field of smart, compelling pitches. All valid entries will receive a one-year Hindenburg Journalist licence, valued at $50. We'll share an audio recording of the pitching and judging live event soon!
Shortlisted entrants were invited to join us on Tuesday 5 December to argue their case. (The event also featured Julie Shapiro in conversation.)
Deadline for entry
Entries have now closed; the deadline for submissions was Monday 13 November at 5pm AEDT.
Supported by Hindenburg Systems.