Irish Podcast Awards Categories

The Irish Podcast Awards 2022, is Ireland’s biggest podcast event. We reward excellence in podcasting from individuals, companies and organisations. The Awards take place on 16th September.

Entries to the awards are now closed and we have announced the nominations. We will open again for entries for next year’s awards, in spring 2023. 

Previous 2022 Entry Information

As well as excellence in content and production, our judges are asked to look for entries that offer podcast audiences:

  •     Fresh perspectives
  •     Innovative formats or presentation
  •     Give a voice to those underrepresented in traditional media platforms

Don’t forget to check the full rules to confirm that you qualify, and see what you have to submit. There’s also guidance on the entry page and there’s some FAQs too.

Standard Categories

These are generally audio-focused categories that require you to submit entries through the system.

Sales & Marketing Awards

These recognise commercial achievement and marketing prowess and are submitted through the entry system.

Free Additional Awards

The Bullseye Award, The Spotlight Award and Moment of the Year are free to enter, when you submit an entry in a Standard Category. Use the checkbox in the submission system to opt-in to these.

Special Awards

Podcast of the Year and The Creativity Award are judged from the submitted entries. Podcast Champion is chosen by the Awards judges. The Listeners’ Choice will open in August and no entry is needed.


Best Arts & Culture Podcast

Celebrating arts and criticism across all cultures: the podcasts that encourage us to seek out new releases or forgotten classics – through reviews, interviews, discussion, any or none of the above.   

Outstanding entries in this category will go beyond episode recaps or the typical ‘thumbs up/down’ critiques and give listeners fresh angles on the arts they love, with genuine and passionate presentation or will deeply reflect artistic or cultural subjects in their output.

Subjects could include Arts, Books, Craft, Hobbies, Film, Music, TV and Video Games

Best Business Podcast

Inspiring the next generation of CEOs, COOs and other acronyms. You could be showcasing stories of great leadership, or helping listeners make every penny count. 

As with all our categories, we’re looking for shows that reflect the diversity of ideas, backgrounds and industry in our country. So the best entries will need to be fresh-sounding, personable and inclusive.

Subjects could include Business, Careers, Entrepreneurship, Investing, Management, Marketing and Non-Profits

Best Climate Podcast

Can podcasts save the planet? Sure, they can. We think the intimacy and creativity of podcasting makes it perfect for the job. The climate and environmental emergency can be complex, confusing and frankly a bit of a turn off, but podcasts can touch hearts and minds like nothing else.

We also think that the podcast industry has so far lagged behind other creative sectors when it comes to sustainable production practices. So, this award is a chance to champion podcasts and production teams who are really making a difference.

This award is open to specialist shows in any genre - you don’t have to be specifically about climate change every week to qualify. Put in your best work on the subject.

Winners will be able to demonstrate they are changing the conversation. Either through creative, innovative and compelling audio. Or through sustainable production which measures and minimises harm.

Best Comedy Podcast

Not to be confused with our entertainment category, this is for podcasts that aren’t just funny, but have finely crafted jokes inside. From panel shows to parody, improv to sitcoms – and entirely new formats that only podcasts can create – judges have been instructed to reward the podcast that made them laugh, not necessarily the ones that have mass appeal.

Outstanding entries in this category will be markedly different from the traditional 28’ radio formats, pushing boundaries or reaching listeners beyond those tuning into FM stations

We recognise there are different types of comedy: it could be belly laughs, sweet-natured, angry or timely satire, just plain surreal - all are welcome.

Subjects could include Comedy, Improv, Stand-Up, Sitcoms

Best Documentary Podcast

Documentaries take listeners into new worlds and experiences through real people, places, and events. But it’s not just about providing facts; we’re interested in how producers weave them into an overall narrative that’s compelling as well as truthful.

Outstanding entries in this category will combine excellent scripted narration with field recordings and interviews, sophisticated editing and sound design, all to achieve the most natural, accessible storytelling.

Documentary podcasts can be one-offs, themed seasons or stand-alone series. Clips and durations are different to other categories (more details)

Best Entertainment Podcast

Incorporating music shows, magazine programmes, true storytelling and chat-based formats. If you put a spring in your listeners’ step, if you provide toe-tappin’, tear-jerking, LOLing or first class escapism - you should apply within.

Outstanding entries in this category will revel in their eclecticism, curating content or features that your subscribers unquestionably consume with open hearts.

Best Factual Podcast

Our ‘Best Factual’ category, under a PR-friendly name. From why we need bees to the intricacies of language - entries here should improve our understanding of ourselves and the world in an entertaining and accessible way. Whether your schtick is entertaining trivia or any number of gloriously niche subjects, to become ‘Smartest Podcast’ at the Irish Podcast Awards is to make audiences smarter the longer they stay listening.

Outstanding entries in this category will elevate the potentially driest of subjects to unmissable listening, making best use of podcasting’s unique qualities.

Best Family Podcast

Recognising the shows that entertain children and their families with either high quality storytelling, amazing facts or very silly jokes.

Outstanding entries in this category will educate their audience in an accessible and entertaining manner. Children’s podcasts should demonstrate how they engage listeners through format, casting and tone.

Subjects could include Magazine shows, Education, Pets & Animals and Stories for Kids.

Best Fiction Podcast

Incorporating drama, readings, and ground-breaking new formats for storytelling.  

Outstanding entries in this category will incorporate production that suits the story/stories and sound design that acknowledges an audience primarily of headphone users. New writing, new talent, new ways of looking at the world – these will be noted favourably.

Best History Podcast

Be it a deep-dive into our ancestors or a whistle-stop tour of the twentieth century, the Irish Podcast Awards would like to recognise the work being done by the best podcast historians in the country.

Outstanding entries in this category will take care over accuracy and perspective, whilst telling their stories with passion, empathy and relevance.

Best News & Current Affairs Podcast

Whether you are a business, news and current affairs programme publishing regular discussion formats or original journalism, we want to hear podcasts that have sought insight into our complex society. 

Outstanding entries in this category will find new angles on recent events, beyond the headlines and 24-hour news cycles, retaining relevance with an audience beyond the week they were published.

Subjects could include News, Business News, Entertainment News, News Commentary, Discussions, Politics, Reporting and Tech News

Best Sex & Relationships Podcast

Recognising the great work being done in sex education and relationship advice; or representing a wider variety of sexual experiences than has previously been the case in mainstream media.

Outstanding entries in this category will have a high standard of research (whether in terms of guests or subject matter) and presentation that confronts taboos in an entertaining and accessible way.

Best Sport Podcast

Maybe you have incisive analysis, exceptional pundits and great access – or perhaps the discussion is merely a sideshow to the blossoming, unspoken romance between your contributors. Regardless, if you have a loyal audience and an entertaining show, you should enter.  

Outstanding entries in this category will be able to demonstrate a fanbase loyal to the podcast beyond the dreams of most sports clubs. Audience size is not a factor: making niche sports accessible to wider audiences would be as valued here as much as any show pegged to a major sporting tournament.

Best True Crime Podcast

Still one of podcasting’s most popular genres, winners in this category will be outstanding in their field. Whether it’s original investigations or pure storytelling, judges will be looking for well-researched programmes, with evocative storytelling and human stories at its heart.  

Outstanding entries in this category will have crafted a format around the material available, whether that’s archive, original interviews or other techniques, playing with this most established of podcast genres to create something unique.

Best Wellbeing Podcast

Showcasing the best self-help, improvement and health podcasts.

Your audio entry should illustrate how you tackle sensitive and sometimes traumatic issues with compassion, and/or provide a toolkit for listeners to apply to their own lives. Alternatively demonstrate how you support or inspire a listeners’ health and fitness regime.

Our judges are people too, so please add any trigger warnings to your track-listing.


Best Daily Podcast

Recognising the rise of the daily podcast (and all the production resource that may require), this category is for shows whose 24-hour deadlines allow for a different relationship with their listeners. 

Whether you produce sport, entertainment, news or something else entirely, your entries should reflect how the daily mechanism allows you to produce your best show… and how you maintain your quality every single day. Entries from year-round shows or ones with daily seasons.

Subjects could include anything from News to Wellbeing, from Facts to the Event coverage.

Best Interview

Incorporating interview formats across many topics: from books, to comedy, to health, to human interest. Whether your guests are super famous or just damned interesting, perhaps they’re edited with a light touch, or cut down to size? Either way, we want our judges to discover the finest, most compelling, incisive conversation produced this year.

The Best Interview category can reward either a single interview or an Interview Podcast.

Best Network or Publisher

This category is for companies that have a public-facing brand around a slate of shows. 

Like other categories, your entry should be between three and five clips. This can be from any of your network’s podcasts but should demonstrate the range and quality of content you’re producing. 

Best New Podcast

We want to champion the best launch of a show across any genre – if you have managed to start well and keep getting better, tell us how.

Outstanding entries in this category will demonstrate the creative potential of the show, through new talent, writing or formats, rather than its current listener reach. Judges will want to label the winner ‘the ones to watch’ and forever claim they were listening from the beginning.

Best Branded Podcast

Showcasing the best examples of brand-funded podcasts, where both the editorial and sponsor’s aims are seamless and beneficial… and, above all, make a great listen.  

Outstanding entries in this category will demonstrate either added value to the brand’s established consumer base, or reach beyond to new audiences.

Note – this is for shows created with a brand. Regular podcasts who have worked with a commercial entity on a campaign should enter Best Commercial Campaign.

Best Commercial Strategy

Best Podcast in The Irish Language

Entries in this category should feature Irish Language as the predominant language. It can be from any genre – entries will be judged, like our other awards, by their ability to represent ideas, people and perspectives not catered for in existing media; a great listening experience that opens hearts, minds and ears.

People Awards

The Rising Star Award

Calling all new producers and presenters! If you have under two year’s experience in podcasting and doing great things we would like to hear your story.

This is a category for individuals rather than a show. In the written section outline your achievements over the last two years, and if relevant attach up to 15 mins of audio of your work. Be sure to reference in the track listing your involvement in the audio you include.

Entries are welcome for yourself or a colleague.

Outstanding entries in this category will include… testimony from audiences and colleagues, as well as showcasing the exceptional impact of your work - either qualitatively, quantitatively or both.

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Editors' Choice Awards

The following categories are not open for entry.

Podcast Champion

Every year we bestow this title on the person or company that has championed the podcasting cause. This award could honour an app, critic, newsletter... anything or anyone that aids listeners’ search for the right podcast. It is an honour in the gift of the Irish Podcast Awards team and announced on the night.

Specialist Award

This category honours the podcasts that are producing exceptional listening experiences for niche audiences and those underrepresented in other Irish media. For this award, a carefully curated shortlist of independent podcasts generating less than 5,000 downloads per episode will be compiled by the Irish Podcast Awards team. The shortlist will be given to our judges to choose one standout winner.

Spotlight Award

This is one for the big hitters out there: podcasts with sizeable audiences bringing the medium into the mainstream. But which of you is the best, according to our judges? For this award, a carefully curated shortlist of podcasts generating more than 100,000 downloads per episode will be compiled by the Irish Podcast Awards team. The shortlist will be given to our judges to choose one standout winner.

The Listeners’ Choice

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Our public poll involves getting your listeners to vote for you, for free, on our website. Last year over 220,000 individuals supported their favourite podcast, with those with the most passionate fans doing the best. Could that be your show?

Voting opens in August 2023. 

Podcast of the Year