So You Think You Can Pod

Got a podcast idea that keeps you up at night? Convinced you could out-Serial Sarah Koenig if only you had Ira Glass in your corner … or have you been plotting to reinvent spoken audio altogether with something unspeakably original?

Here’s your chance to get that genius concept off the ground. As part of the Wheeler Centre’s Invasion of the Pod People series in 2016, three Australian podcast wannabes will have their pitches prodded, workshopped and sharpened by our panel of audio producers – and the winner will walk away with a Wheeler Centre mentorship and prize pack worth $8,000.

The winning entry is The Island, submitted by Michael Green, André Dao and Aziz.

Finalists were Headstone, submitted by Sam Loy, and Times Three, submitted by Monique Sebire.

Three finalists were revealed at our 17 May event; their pitches were then discussed and workshopped in front of a live audience by Reply All’s Pj Vogt, Soundproof's Miyuki Jokiranta, Ingredipedia’s Ben Birchall and Wheeler Centre digital manager Jon Tjhia. Stay tuned for updates, including recordings from the night.

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 $8,000. This includes:

· Editorial, production and marketing advice and feedback from the team that brought you Better Off Dead
· Recording time in a professional, Melbourne-based studio
· A cash prize of $3,000
· Exclusive access to podcasters that feature in our event programme throughout the year
· Professional audio editing software (two-year Hindenburg Journalist PRO and Hindenburg Field Recorder licences for up to three team members)
· A podcaster’s survival kit – 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.

Supported by Hindenburg Systems.


Our 17 May event; Miyuki Jokiranta, Ben Birchall, PJ Vogt and Jon Tjhia discuss Monique Sebire's entry

Our 17 May event; Miyuki Jokiranta, Ben Birchall, PJ Vogt and Jon Tjhia discuss Monique Sebire's entry — Photo: Connor Tomas O'Brien

Podcast fans at our 17 May event

Photo: Connor Tomas O'Brien

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