Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Find answers to common questions we receive about the Black Podcasting Awards. If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, please email us at blackpodcastingawards@gmail.com

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Please register, pay, complete, and submit your application here.
If it’s outside May 20–July 31 2023, please go ahead and PRE apply for 
our 2024 season. We’ll be in touch with useful info in the interim.

Please note the application fee increases each month. A processing fee is on top of our fee. A podcast can enter five (5) categories maximum.

  • May 20–31, $20 per category 
  • Throughout June, $40 per category
  • In July, $60 per category

Audio material submitted to Black Podcasting Awards must be published between May 1, 2022 and April 30, 2023, with a minimum of six episodes in that same time period. English language only please.

For our Best New Podcast award category, the first episode must be published between May 1, 2022 and April 30, 2023.

We define a Black podcast as being hosted by a Black person, or having the majority of its cohosts be Black. Black meaning a person who identifies as such racially.

A podcast must be listed on pod.link, and thus have a public RSS feed. If your podcast is not found, please add it to the site per their help section.

Applications will be accepted through July 31, 2023 (Hawaii Time)

Our 2023 award categories are listed here. There are 37!

A podcast can enter in as many as five categories. 

A podcast can only be entered once per category. Duplicates will be disqualified.

Award-winning anything before a name or title gains greater attention 🙂 

Some of our winners have landed deals with pod networks, book publishers, sponsors, etc. Nominees report getting a bump in listenership, media coverage, etc. after announcements are made. Applicants tell us they think more about how to up their game for a win (or come close to it). (Hint: quality sound!)

Many Black podcasters tell us they were NOT thinking about recognition or awards before we came along! So they’re glad to have a place that hears them.

With the pandemic pushing podcasting further than ever, Black podcasters are showing up and out with this and the many other award programs out here. At least a few of our 2020, 2021 & 2022 alum have been nominated for, or even won, awards elsewhere!

Applicants submit a podcast reel for our judges to score. Reel must be digital audio format file (mp3, m4a, wav, aac). It can be no longer than five minutes. It doesn’t matter if you are primarily a video-based podcast, e.g. YouTube, IG Live, FB Live. Reels over 5 minutes can be disqualified.

Reels need to communicate what your podcast is about and favorably grabbing our judges’ attention.

They score submission reels on that reel being 5 minutes or less, category appropriateness, sound quality, clear intent, appeal/likability, uniqueness, and creativity.
 

Reels can include any audio from episodes you released between May 1, 2023 and April 30, 2024.

This can include snippets from your favorite segment(s), guest appearances, well-known phrases, intro, outro, and/or otherwise. It could be one excerpt of an episode.

Pro tip: ask your team – or better yet listeners – for favorite moments between May 1, 2023 and April 30, 2024 that could be in your reel!

Because we don’t want to overwhelm our volunteer judges! 

Yes, they can. We only accept audio reels though, so the scoring is even with their audio podcast cousins 🙂

No, we accept applications from around the world. Yet all applicants need to be in English.

At minimum, a physical award, plus some BPA swag will be shipped to our winners. In 2021 & 2022, winners also received free memberships and multiple discounts. Fingers crossed for all that and more in 2023!

Most podcasting awards have an entry/application/submission fee, up to $500! We keep our fees very modest, so cost is not a barrier for too many podcasters, especially those outside the United States.

Requiring fees generally means people take our awards that much more seriously, while also discouraging nonsense 😉

And very important, fees cover the costs of physical awards, shipping & handling those, various technologies, and thank you gifts for our amazing volunteers.

When fewer than 10 entries are submitted to a category, we may combine it with another or cancel it. If/when a category is canceled, submitted applications will be reassigned to another category with permission of the submitter OR their application fee will be refunded. Please note our judges will not listen to, score, or comment on applications that are refunded.

Well, um, you don’t. Our judges do that scoring all received and completed applications. The Top 5 scorers in each category become that year’s nominees. The top scorer wins the category and award.

Georgie-Ann Getton, Chanel Campbell, Ashley Perkins, Lance John and Demetrius Bagley cofounded Black Podcasting Awards early into the pandemic.

We ask each judge to score for at least an hour weekly mid July through August 31.
 
A judge can be an applicant and/or sponsor. They need to abstain from any entry where they’re involved with the submitted podcast(er). They may not score in a category they’re sponsoring or applied to.

In 2023, YES, you can be an applicant as well as a judge in any categories you do NOT applied to

In 2023, YES, you can be an applicant as well as a category sponsor except for the category you applied to

To partner, sponsor, or otherwise support the 2022 Black Podcasting Awards, please contact us at: blackpodcastingawards@gmail.com

If your podcast isn’t English language, please consider applying to other pod awards programs such as Latin Pod Awards for Spanish. A list of such award programs we’re aware of lives here