Award Categories

Please submit & pay for your application(s) May 27–July 31, 2024.

The sooner you do, the lower your application fee will be.

** NEW CATEGORIES TO BE ANNOUNCED MAY 2024 ** 

  • Best Arts Podcast
    • Podcasts dedicated to design, performing and/or visual arts such as dance, theater, art, etc.
  • Best Blerd Podcast
    • Podcast by and/or for individuals who self-identify as a Black Nerd. Anime, cinematic universe, gaming, cosplay and amateur reviews. 
  • Best Business Podcast
    • Podcasts that are covering business “free game” in the Black business and finance world, Black Wall Street and Black business shoutouts. This is related to providing business tips, do’s and don’ts, what practices to consider, and/or steps to take. These podcasts can also cover stock market, banking, real estate or other non-personal finances. Can include business strategy, entrepreneurship, real estate and investing.
  • Best Comedy Podcast
    • Podcasts by and for comedians that highlight the industry and inspire laughter. Industry expert interviews, industry news, stand-up specials, etc.
  • Best Culture Podcast
    • Podcasts dedicated to Black culture and its intersectionalities such as Black womanhood, Black manhood, hot topics, etc.
  • Best Editing
    • This award recognizes exemplary achievement in the condensation of episode content, development of a cohesive theme throughout, and delivery of top-notch audio quality. Must include a reel between 5–15 minutes.
  • Best Education Podcast
    • Education-related podcasts by and for educators, academic scholars and students, including K–12 topics, education policy, higher learning, academic journals, teacher hacks, etc.
  • Best Family and Parenting Podcast
    • Podcasts dedicated to child- and family-related topics. Parenting, child development, family entertainment, children’s shows, etc.
  • Best Fashion and Beauty Podcast
    • Podcasts about the fashion and beauty industries. Fashion news, beauty news, reviews, personal hygiene, makeup, design, etc.
  • Best Film and Television Podcast
    • Podcasts dedicated to the film or television industries. Television and movie reviews, upcoming projects, entertainment news, industry hacks and recaps, etc. 
  • Best Finance Podcast
    • Podcast shares financial advice on income, career, wealth building, investing, budgeting, spending, debts, FIRE, retirement and/or similar.
  • Best Food & Drink Podcast
    • Podcasts for the foodies. Food critics, food connoisseurs, chefs, tips, etc. 
  • Best Health and Wellness Podcast
    • Podcasts dedicated to physical and mental health-related topics. Nutritional health, self-care, stigma, industry news, etc. These podcasts can also discuss the progress (or lack thereof) regarding Black health and wellness and the intersectionality of other industries on Black wellness.
  • Best History Podcast
    • Podcasts dedicated to history-related topics. Black history, United States history, world history, music history, etc. 
  • Best Hosting Duo
    • Any podcast hosting duo consistently displaying an ability to deliver quality content in an engaging, informative and entertaining manner.
  • Best Hosting Team
    • Any podcast at least three billed co-hosts consistently displaying an ability to deliver quality content in an engaging, informative and entertaining manner.
  • Best International Podcast
    • Podcasts whose production is based outside of the United States and its territories.
  • Best LGBTQ Podcast
    • Podcasts by and/or for individuals who self-identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Best Limited Series Podcast
    • Non-fiction podcasts that depict a story in a single season consisting of at least 4 episodes, all released between May 1, 2023 and April 30, 2024.
  • Best Literary Podcast
    • Podcasts dedicated to the literary arts. Amateur reviews, book critics, creative writing, book clubs, etc.
  • Best Music Podcast
    • Podcasts that focus on music-related topics. Album reviews, artist and industry expert interviews, music industry news and hot topics. 
  • Best New Podcast
    • Podcasts with at least six episodes, whose first episode was released between May 1, 2023 and April 30, 2024 (not including a trailer)
  • Best News & Politics Podcast
    • Podcasts that focus on politics or current events. 
  • Best Podcast Network
    • A media network dedicated to podcast content by and for Black people that positively amplifies that community. Must be at least 51% Black-owned and operated. Must have at least two active shows, each with at least six episodes released between May 1, 2023 and April 30, 2024. Must include a reel between 5–15 minutes.
  • Best Producer
    • An individual or group that has consistently displayed an ability to develop and execute creative podcast content strategy and innovative perspectives. Must include a reel between 5–15 minutes.
  • Best Relationship Podcast
    • Discusses relationship topics, advice, healthy and unhealthy, how-to’s, etc. These podcasts can speak on internet dating, social media’s influence on dating, marriage and divorce rates, dating abroad and LGBTQ+ dating.
  • Best Religion and Spirituality Podcast
    • Podcasts dedicated to the exploration of traditional and non-traditional religious and spiritual denominations and practices.
  • Best Science and Technology Podcast
    • Podcasts about STEM-related topics: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
  • Best Scripted Fiction Podcast
    • Scripted podcasts that depict an original fictional story. Anthologies, audio dramas, short stories, etc.
  • Best Sex Podcast
    • Podcasts that discuss sex- and relationship-related topics ranging from marriage and family, sexual and reproductive health, sexual fluidity, intimacy and dating and other taboo topics. 
  • Best Solo Host
    • An individual host consistently displaying an ability to deliver quality content in an engaging, informative and entertaining manner.
  • Best Sound Design
    • Exemplary achievement in the art and practice of creating layered sound for podcast projects. Soundscape that is integral to the flow of content in a seamless, engaging, and innovative manner. Must include a reel between 5–15 minutes.
  • Best Sports Podcast
    • Podcasts covering sports-related topics. Team and athlete features, sports news and fantasy sports.
  • Best Travel Podcast
    • Podcasts about travel and personal hobbies, resources, hacks, destinations, tourism and city guides.
  • Best True Crime Podcast
    • Scripted non-fiction podcasts that depict true crime stories.
  • Podcast of the Year
    • Podcasts that consistently showcase exemplary achievement in content development, production and audience growth and engagement.
  • Podcaster of the Year
    • Podcaster who has consistently produced high-quality content, engaged with their audience, and made a positive impact on the podcasting community over the last year.