Entries have now closed. Please subscribe below for updates on the shortlist release in January, tickets, and more.
To be considered for any of the below categories, please note that the following criteria must be met first.
- Must be from a publisher* that releases content regularly in at least one other medium - print or online.
- Will have been available for download/streaming for at least eight weeks prior to entries closing in November, with plans to continue (unless a planned limited series).
- Must have published a new episode between October 2019 and November 2020
N.B. Although we welcome entries from all over the world, the podcast must be in English for the purposes of judging. Please be aware for overseas entries that the awards ceremony will be held in London in spring 2021.
*B2B or B2C organisation of any size whose primary purpose is to publish editorial content to an audience across print or online. Unfortunately, we cannot accept entries from blogs or companies whose primary business is not publishing at this time.
Entries for the 2021 Publisher Podcast Awards will be opening in September. Please subscribe below to be notified when the forms are available, and for key closing dates.
Publisher Podcast of the Year 2021
The best of the best, this podcast will be the one that stands head and shoulders above all other podcasts. This category isn't open for entry, but will be chosen from among the winners of the other categories.
Publisher Podcast Hero of the Year 2021
Have you got someone in your publishing business driving your podcast strategy forwards, or someone in the wider industry who has inspired your podcasting efforts? Nominate them for Publisher Podcast Hero of the Year!
*NEW* Best Commercial Strategy
As podcasting matures as a medium, its importance to publisher's revenue streams will be crucial for future sustainability. We want to know if you're having success with monetising your own podcasts, and want to reward you for it with this award.
*NEW* Best Podcast Launch
We love launches. Tell us about why you've decided to launch a podcast for your publishing business, and what key need it addresses for your audience to be in with a chance of winning the Best Podcast Launch award!
Note: Unfortunately we have had to cancel the Student award for this year. We'll be working closely with universities to shape a Student award for 2022 that will support upcoming talent - please do get in touch if you can help.
Best B2B Podcast
Calling all Business-to-Business publishers! Whether your podcast is about a global or a niche industry, if it's for a B2B audience, this is the category for you.
*NEW* Best Coronavirus Podcast
We hope this is one just for 2021... If you've launched or pivoted your podcast to cover the Coronavirus crisis for your audience, tell us about it here.
N.B. To qualify for this category, the podcast must have had a definitive season dedicated to Coronavirus, or a standalone podcast launched. Individual episodes will not be eligible.
Best Entertainment Podcast
From cinema to TV, celebrities, culture, books, gaming and more, this category is for podcasts which bring the entertainment genre into their audience's ears.
*NEW* Best Food & Drink Podcast
If you've got a podcast talking about food and/or drink, we want to hear it! Whether you're discussing making the perfect roast potatoes or bringing inspiration to bakers in lockdown, enter this to tickle our judge's tastebuds.
Best Health & Wellbeing Podcast
Health - both physical and mental - has never been more important. Whether you're fronting a fitness podcast or bringing mental wellbeing tips to your audience through audio, we want to recognise your efforts with this category.
Best Hobbies & Special Interest Podcast
Formerly known as the Specialist category. This award celebrates podcasts that are targeted at specific interests and hobbies, from entertaining a niche audience to bringing a specialist topic to a wider listenership.
Best Lifestyle Podcast
This category is for podcasts looking to help their readers live their best lives, through improving their finances, careers, relationships, skills or more.
*NEW* Best Limited Series
Whether you've produced a season dedicated to a specific topic or have written an outstanding fictional audio series, this category is to celebrate your efforts.
N.B. To qualify for this category, the series must have run for a minimum of three episodes.
Best Local & Community Podcast
Like publishers, podcasts have an important part to play in reaching and engaging local communities. If you've got a podcast that fits the bill, enter it here.
Best News Podcast
For podcasts keeping audiences up-to-date with the latest news, whether that's daily breaking news updates or deep dive analysis of world events.
*NEW* Best Political Podcast
In a year which has seen the most extraordinary political shifts across the world, we've decided to give these podcasts a category of their own to recognise the unique work that goes into building podcasts that cover the political landscape.
Best Science & Medical
This category is for podcasts that deal with science and medicine. Everything from breaking down complex scientific concepts for a consumer audience, to deep dives for professionals can enter here.
Best Sponsored Podcast
Formerly known as the 'Best Branded Podcast', this category is for podcasts or episodes that are sponsored by or developed alongside a brand. A perfect opportunity to show off your partnership.
Best Sport Podcast
It's been a challenging year for sport, but that hasn't stopped publishers innovating with their podcasts. Show us what you've been up to by entering this category.
Best Technology Podcast
From deep dives into technical topics to consumer-focused tech trends, this is the category for all technology-themed podcasts.