So You Think You Can Pod

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.

(Last year’s winners – Michael Green, Andre Dao and Abdul Aziz Muhamat – ultimately co-produced their award-winning podcast, The Messenger, with the Wheeler Centre.)

The prize

The winner, announced at the end of the event, 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

Finalists will receive a one-year Hindenburg Journalist PRO licence (for up to three team members) valued at $120 each. All valid entries will receive a one-year Hindenburg Journalist licence, valued at $50.

Already got a podcast, but you want to enter? If you're self-publishing, and could benefit from a mentorship, you're invited to enter too.

The judges

So You Think You Can Pod 2017 will be judged by Eric George (Australian), Kate Montague (Audiocraft) and Julie Shapiro (Radiotopia, USA), alongside Sophie Black and Jon Tjhia from the Wheeler Centre.

Shortlisted entrants will be invited to join us on Tuesday 5 December to argue their case. (The event will also feature Julie Shapiro in conversation – essential stuff for any aspiring podcaster.)

Entry requirements

Send us the name of your podcast concept, plus a 300 word description and an audio pitch (or sample of your work) – no longer than two minutes, please.

(To be eligible, you'll need to be a resident of Australia. Individuals may be involved in only one finalist entry, so while there's no firm limit on how many submissions you can be associated with, we advise you to commit to developing your strongest ideas! You can apply on behalf of an organisation, but branded for-profit podcasts are not eligible.)

Some things to think about when considering your entry: How creative is your idea? Why’s your version of it going to be unique? What will compel people to listen? How will you find your audience? What does it offer that isn’t currently around? What kind of production values does it require? Will it be – and does it need to be – sustainable?

Deadline for entry

Entries have now closed; the deadline for submissions was Monday 13 November at 5pm AEDT.

Supported by Hindenburg Systems.


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