So You Think You Can Pod

Got a unique idea for a podcast – and need a leg up to make it happen?

We’re all ears. Our annual So You Think You Can Pod competition is back for a third round! Three Australian podcast hopefuls will have their pitches prodded, workshopped and sharpened – live – by our panel of audio producers. The winner will walk away with a Wheeler Centre mentorship and prize pack, worth up to $8000.

The verdict

Terra, by Eugenia Zoubtchenko, is the winner of So You Think You Can Pod 2018.

At an event announcing the result, Eugenia and fellow finalists Silvi Vann-Wall (Chronically Chill, pitched with Izzie Austin) and Annaliese Redlich (All Ears) joined the competition's judges for a discussion of the top three entries.

At the same event – due to the high quality of entries, and the widely varying levels of support needed by aspiring podcasters – the Wheeler Centre announced a pilot initiative called Signal Boost, which will offer tailored mentorship and support to up to five entrants from this year's competition in developing their first episodes.

The judges

So You Think You Can Pod 2018 will be judged by Slate Podcasts senior managing producer June Thomas (US), comedian and Short Cuts presenter Josie Long (appearing via video link from the UK), and Broadwave co-founder and radio producer Areej Nur, alongside Sophie Black and Jon Tjhia from the Wheeler Centre.

The prize

  • 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 2019
  • 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
  • Each finalist receives a one–year Hindenburg Journalist PRO licence (for up to three team members) valued at $120 each.

All valid entries receive a one–year Hindenburg Journalist licence, valued at $50.

Key dates

Entries closed at 5pm AEDT, Wednesday 14 November, 2018.

Finalists – and the winning entry – were announced at the same event, on Wednesday 5 December

Supported by Hindenburg Systems.

Photo of five panellists on stage at the Wheeler Centre. The person on the left is speaking into the microphone and gesturing with her hand, looking at the other four, who are judges of the competition.

Eugenia Zoubtchenko explains Terra to judges Jon Tjhia, June Thomas, Areej Nur and Sophie Black — Photo: Emily Harms


Illustration of a medal