Podcasting has evolved into a vibrant and diverse medium, with content creators continually pushing boundaries and delivering engaging narratives. As the podcasting landscape expands, recognition through podcast awards programs has become a coveted achievement. And there are a whole bunch of different podcast awards in 2024!
And while we know you didn’t initially start your podcast with the sole aim of winning awards, there’s an undeniable allure at the possibility of winning an award for your show. Beyond the satisfaction of well-deserved recognition, podcast awards can significantly boost your podcast’s visibility and credibility within the industry.
So, if you’re looking to boost your show’s recognition, and potentially dazzle dazzle your mantle in sparkly hardware, we’ve got you covered. In this blog post, we’ll explore a variety of podcast awards programs on the cards for 2024.
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Podcast Awards Programs in 2024
1. The Podcast Academy Awards (The Ambies)
The Podcast Academy Awards, affectionally known as The Ambies, were created to celebrate excellence in podcasting and elevate the awareness and status of podcasts as a unique and personal medium for entertainment, information, storytelling, and expression.
Recognizing excellence in various categories, from storytelling and comedy to news and true crime, The Ambies have quickly become a prestigious acknowledgment of podcasting prowess. Entry is open to production companies, individual producers, creators, and podcast series distributors, given that they have released a minimum of three episodes within the specified timeframe.
While entries for this year’s ceremony are now closed, we can look forward to finding out who this year’s winners will be with the 2024 Ambies ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on March 26, 2024.
You can also check out the replay of last year’s ceremony here! Then keep a look out for the 2025 intake so that you can make sure your show is in the running!
*Costs: In 2023, for members of The Podcast Academy, the entry fee is $150. For non-members, the cost is $200. This information may differ for the 2024 intake.
2. The Webby Awards
While not exclusively dedicated to podcasts, The Webby Awards honor outstanding digital content across various categories and mediums, podcasting included. Podcasters compete in segments like Best Series, Best Host, Best Individual Episode, and a whole host of other categories, making it a highly competitive platform. (You can check out all the podcast-related categories here.)
Also worth noting is that within each category, there are two prizes up for grabs. One is the Webby Winner, who is selected by the members of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. The second is the People’s Voice, who selected by the voting public.
HURRY! The Entry Deadline for this year’s Webby Awards has been extended to Friday, February 9th, 2024! Click here to find out how you can submit your podcast!
*Entry fees differ, please see the guidelines here for further information.
3. Signal Awards
The Signal Awards is a newer addition to the podcast awards scene, with winners of the second inaugural Signal Awards having been announced in October of 2023. While there has been no recent information regarding the 2024 submission window, this podcast awards program is worth keeping on your radar.
The Signal Awards aims to honor those who elevate the standards of podcasting. Submissions involve costs, which vary based on the nature of the submission. So keep an eye out for announcements regarding the 2024 submissions! But in the meantime, you can check out the full list of last year’s winners here.
*Currently, there is no information regarding the fees associated with entering into the Signal Awards program in 2024. However, in 2023, the entry fees ranged between $135 to $855.
4. The iHeartRadio Podcast Awards
Organized by iHeartRadio, one of the largest podcast platforms globally, the iHeartRadio Podcast Awards are arguably one of the most star-studded podcast awards programs out there! The iHeartRadio Podcast Awards celebrate the best in podcasting, with all kinds of categories ranging from Podcast of the Year to Best True Crime Podcast.
Scheduled for March 11th, 2024, the iHeartRadio Podcast Awards employ a unique approach. A judging panel selects nominees, but it’s the devoted listeners who determine the Podcast of the Year through voting. With over 30 categories, it’s a diverse platform recognizing various genres and styles. And as we mentioned, you can always expect a celeb surprise or two at the iHeartRadio Podcast Awards!
In preparation for this year’s event, check out the list of winners from last year’s awards here.
5. The People’s Choice Podcast Awards
Recognized as one of the longest-running podcast award programs, having been running since 2005, The People’s Choice Podcast Awards celebrates podcasts nominated by their audiences.
More commonly known as The Podcast Awards, the People’s Choice Podcast Awards is open to shows from all over the world, regardless of country of origin or language.
2024 Annual Awards Registration will open Feb 1st. In the meantime, you can find out more about all the available categories and winners, as well as check out last year’s podcast awards ceremony here.
The awards ceremony usually takes place via a live video broadcast in September, as it coincides with International Podcast Day.
*There is currently no information regarding entry fees for 2024. However, in 2023, the entry fee was $50.
6. International Women’s Podcast Awards
The International Women’s Podcast Awards is one of the newer awards kids on the block, entering its fourth year in 2024, but it’s definitely one of the cool “kids”! The International Women’s Podcast Awards aims to honor and celebrate moments of brilliance in podcasting and the women and people of diverse genders that produce them.
The team behind these awards seeks to celebrate the work, both behind the mic and behind the scenes, from the women and non-binary podcast hosts and producers to editors and writers.
Something that sets the International Women’s Podcast Awards apart is that the judging panel doesn’t look at the genre your podcast is in, and they don’t look at how many downloads you’ve had. They’re after those exceptional moments of audio brilliance.
You can find out more about the International Women’s Podcast Awards here.
*There is currently no information regarding entry fees for 2024. However, in 2023 the entry fees ranged between $25 to $60.
7. The Peabody Awards
Next up, we have the Peabody Awards. The Peabody Awards exist to recognize exceptional storytelling. So although they are not exclusively an awards program for podcasts, several podcasts have been awarded a prestigious Peabody over the last couple of years.
Because of this prestige, there is a rigorous judging process, and winners are selected based on unanimous decisions by the board of jurors.
Entries typically open in October and close by December. You can find out more information here.
*Fees are determined by category and range from $450 to $800 for an individual entry.
The Following Podcast Awards Programs Are Location Specific
8. The Australian Podcast Awards
The Australian Podcast Awards is the largest party in Australian podcasting! This podcast awards program celebrates podcasts that have been made by Australians for Australians.
The entries for the Australian Podcast Awards are all self-nominated. There are also over 20 categories up for awards. Entries can come from independent podcasters, broadcasters, the business community, as well as students and non-profit organizations.
In terms of the judging panel for this awards program, the judges usually consist of a panel of podcasting experts, but podcast listeners can cast their vote for The Listener’s Choice Award.
While the information for the 2024 awards is currently unavailable, stay updated on their website or newsletter for submission details.
*There are two types of entry fees for the Australian Podcast Awards (based on the current information on their website, this may for these podcast awards in 2024):
- 1. Independent podcasters (where the podcast’s turnover is less than $200,000 per year), educational institutions, or charities: $49+GST
- 2. Corporate podcasts (if it’s part of any business/corporate entity, OR is an independent podcaster that earns more than $200,000 per year): $199+GST.
9. The British Podcast Awards
Similar to its Australian counterpart, The British Podcast Awards honor outstanding podcasts produced in the United Kingdom. With categories ranging from Best Comedy to Best New Podcast, these awards showcase the rich tapestry of British podcasting.
There is a vigorous judging process with a wide variety of categories judged by an independent panel. There is also the Listener’s Choice Award voted on by British podcast enthusiasts.
The 2024 entry period is set to open in February 2024.
10. The Canadian Podcast Awards
Dedicated to recognizing outstanding Canadian podcasts, the Canadian Podcast Awards celebrate the diversity of voices within the Canadian podcasting community.
Again, there are a wide variety of categories, ranging from Arts, Business, and Health and Wellness, reflecting the breadth of Canadian podcast content.
If you fall in the category of “Canadian Podcast” then you will be eligible to join the Canadian Podcast Awards and find out more about these podcast awards in 2024.
Sign Up For Podcast Awards Programs in 2024!
Again, while we know that you didn’t get into the podcasting space to win awards (hey, even if you did, that’s cool too!) podcast awards programs present a unique opportunity to amplify your podcast’s impact and reach. Podcast awards programs are also an excellent way to meet cool podcasting people, network, and just learn so much about the podcasting industry. Bottom line? Participating in podcast awards, even if your podcast doesn’t take home the gold, fosters connections within the podcasting community and introduces your content to new audiences.
And that’s what we call a win!
Keep an eye on our socials for updates on additional podcast awards in 2024, and who knows, your podcast could be the next show to take home a shiny podcast award!
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