There are two types of award categories. Show Recognition categories (1-16) and Talent Recognition categories (17-23).

Show Recognition awards are presented to the creator or producer of the respective podcasts (an individual, or a company). For these category-specific podcasts (eg Sports), submitters are invited to select the category most appropriate to their podcast, as generally understood by their peers.

You are welcome to enter the same show to multiple categories among these 16 awards, not to exceed three.

Talent Recognition awards are presented to individuals or teams to recognize excellence. There is no limit to the number of Talent Recognition categories you may enter.


Show Recognition Categories (1-16):

  1. Podcast of The Year

The podcast that set the high-water mark for the industry, as determined by Academy voters. This award recognizes a title with high-quality content and production values that stands as a benchmark of excellence for the industry. As a listener, this is the podcast you would recommend to someone who has never listened before as well as a podcast aficionado.  

  1. Best Documentary Podcast

A non-fiction podcast that follows the style and structure of a documentary film

  1. Best Interview Podcast

A podcast primarily characterized by a single interview per episode between one or more hosts and one or more guests.

  1. Best Comedy Podcast
  1. Best News Podcast
  1. Best Sports Podcast
  1. Best True Crime Podcast
  1. Best Business Podcast
  1. Best Fiction Podcast
  1.  Best History Podcast
  1.  Best Knowledge, Science or Tech Podcast
  1.  Best Society and Culture Podcast
  1.  Best Politics or Opinion Podcast
  1.  Best Entertainment Podcast

A podcast about movies, books, television, podcasts, radio, theater, audiobooks, video games and other media-entertainment.

  1.  Best Personal Growth / Spirituality Podcast
  1.  Best Wellness or Relationships Podcast


Talent Recognition Categories (17-23):

  1.  Best Podcast Host
  1.  Best Reporting

For excellence in journalistic reporting

  1.  Best Scriptwriting, Fiction
  1.  Best Scriptwriting, Non-Fiction
  1.  Best Production and Sound Design
  1.  Best Original Score and Music Supervision

For excellence in original music composition and supervision (selection).

  1.  Best Performer in Audio Fiction

For excellence in podcast performing, typically acting or singing.

Special Awards

  1.  Governors’ Award

To be bestowed by the Governors of the Podcast Academy