Are you ready for the International Women’s Podcast Awards 2023?

Jul 31st

Entries for this year’s International Women’s Podcast Awards opened at the end of June with the announcement of two exciting new categories – Moment of Compelling Storytelling and Moment of Podcasting Panache in a Language Other Than English.

The awards, founded by Naomi Mellor and brought to us by the team at Everbody Media, aim to help level the playing field by rewarding and elevating the unsung podcast hosts, editors, producers and writers whose work deserves recognition. 

Who can enter?

Entries are open to women and people of diverse genders in podcasting from all over the world until Friday 22nd September 2023. The category shortlists will be announced in October, with an in-person and global live-streamed awards ceremony at The Conduit in London on Monday 6th November 2023.

Awards Categories

There’s no restriction on what genre or ‘type’ of podcast can enter each category; you’ve got up to 10 minutes to wow the judging panel with an audio clip of your moments of brilliance in podcasting in categories that include Touching Honesty, Dramatic Tension, Comedy Gold, Entrepreneurial Inspiration, Behind-the-Scenes Brilliance, and our favourite, Changing The World One Moment At A Time.

Previous winners include AfroQueer with Selly Thiam, Effin’ Hormones with Helen Brown, Emma Goswell, Beena Khetani and Terri Sweeney, The Divorce Social with Samantha Baines and Out There Podcast with Willow Belden.

Recognising and celebrating diverse talent

We spoke to the awards’ founder, Naomi, for our International Women’s Day 2023 Embrace Equity-themed series of articles who said:

“Equity in podcasting means constantly seeking ways to include people in the industry who wouldn’t otherwise feel welcomed or supported; it means increasing opportunities for people doing incredible work that isn’t currently being recognised or celebrated and doing everything we can to ensure that funding flows to all corners of the podcasting ecosystem, not just a few.”

To this end, the organiser’s goal is accessibility – they aim to keep entry fees as low as they can to facilitate submissions from as many of you as possible. There are plans for a bursary fund for this year, but if cost is a barrier, you can contact them directly or check out the Podcasting, Seriously fund.

Ready to enter? Head to their website to request an entry form and good luck!

Photo credit: Tigz Rice