Please read all terms and conditions carefully before submitting an entry. 

Please note that the only email address from which individual queries will be answered is launchpod@acast.com. We will respond where possible but we are sorry that we cannot guarantee a response to all emails. Please note that unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted individually. 
Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of all the terms and conditions of entry. 
Entries not submitted in accordance with these terms and conditions will not be eligible for consideration. 

Note: Proof of any of the following conditions of eligibility may be requested from entrants at any time and will be checked at shortlist stage. 


a) LaunchPod (LP) entrant must be aged 18 years or over on 1 May 2018 and their primary residence (i.e. resident for over six months of the year) must have been in the United Kingdom or Ireland since 30 June 2017. UK or Irish nationality is not a requirement. If there is any issue about whether or not you qualify as a UK resident, please check with the organisers before submitting your entry. 

b) Entries must be submitted in English.

c) Entries will not be eligible where the entrant is a member of the judging panel, anyone involved in the administration of the LP or a close family relative of any such person. 

d) The submitted podcast idea must not have been previously published or broadcast in respect of 6 or more episodes. 


a) Entries may only be submitted online via the specific entry form that can be found at www.launchpod.org. Entries submitted in any other form will not be accepted. 

b) Entries may be submitted from 1am Tuesday 15 May 2018 to 9pm on Monday 18 June 2018. Entries submitted after that time will not be accepted. Submission of entries will be acknowledged automatically with an on-screen message when the Submit Entry button has been pressed. 

c) Entries must be submitted by the entrant themselves or where the entry is a joint one, on behalf of all the entrants. 

d) Entrants may enter individually or as part of a creative team and any submission on behalf of a creative team must be with the approval of all the creative team.

e) The podcast idea submitted must originate with the entrant and further to creative, production and other assistance from Wisebuddah and Acast be able to form part of a podcast series or ongoing work. 

f) The podcast idea submitted must be (and by submission of this form is warranted by the entrant and accepted by LP to be) original, and entirely the entrant’s own work. It must not infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third party and not be libellous, unlawful or defamatory of any living person or corporate body. [The entrant is entirely responsible for any potential copyright issues in his/her/their podcast idea]. 


a) The supporting document for the entry (either a piece of audio or a script) must not exceed 10 minutes in length – either in audio or reading time. Please note: 10 minutes is the maximum length but not a specific target. 

b) There is no required theme to the podcast idea, but we encourage all entrants to submit entries that are bold, different and original in order for them to stand out from the rest. We want you to have fun creating!


a) The judges of the LP will be looking for what they think is the best entry on the basis of quality and originality. 

b) The three shortlisted podcasts (each being “a semi-finalist”).  will be made available on Apple Podcasts, the Acast app and website and various other podcast platforms from September 2018, and the public will be asked to vote for their favourite by subscribing to a specific podcast on Apple Podcasts or the Acast app and voting via www.launchpod.org. 

c) Two runners-up and the winner of this competition (“the Winner”) will be announced September 2018.

d) Each semi-finalist will receive creative and technical support, guidance and input from Wisebuddah and Acast. They will work with Wisebuddah to produce a pilot of their podcast (“the Pilot”). The Pilot will be distributed on Acast along with other designated podcast platforms. Each semi-finalist will receive content, artwork and promotional support from the Acast team.

d) The Winner will receive the prize of working with Wisebuddah to produce their podcast over the course of 6-10 episodes (“the Series”) and receive creative and technical support, guidance and input from Wisebuddah and Acast . The number of episodes for the Series shall be mutually agreed by the Winner, Wisebuddah and Acast.  The Series will be distributed on Acast along with other designated podcast platforms and receive launch, content, artwork and promotional support from the Acast team.  

e) The judging will be fair and independent. The judging panel will comprise a panel of experts be appointed by the LP management team. The Winner will be decided by the judges taking the public vote into account. The decisions of the judges are final. Neither discussion nor correspondence concerning any decision will be entered into. 


a) It is a condition of entry that the semi-finalists must cooperate fully with Wisebuddah and Acast in the production of the Pilot and/or Series and in all publicity and promotion opportunities arising. 


Copyright in the Pilot and Series will be held by Wisebuddah as its producer and be licenced to Acast and other podcast platforms for distribution and public dissemination.  All other intellectual property rights and other terms of collaboration will be reasonably agreed in the Podcast production agreement that Wisebuddah, Acast and each semi-finalist shall enter into prior to commencement of production of their Pilot.


a) All announcements in relation to the LP will be published on www.launchpod.org and via the Acast and Wisebuddah Twitter feeds (@acast and @wisebuddah). 

b) Entrants must provide their name, email address, telephone number and postal address on the initial entry form. 

c) The competition will be administered by the LP management team. LP management team will only ever use personal details for the purposes of administering the LP, and will not publish them or provide them without permission to anyone not involved in the administration of the LP. 

d) Entrants must supply full details as required above, and comply with all rules to be eligible for the competition.  

e) The LP management team reserves the right to refuse any entry for any reason at its absolute discretion, and reserves the right to vary the Rules and Conditions of Entry, and alter the published programme, as may be deemed necessary. Any amendments will be published on www.launchpod.org. 

f) The LP management team reserves the right to cancel, modify or supersede this competition (including altering prizes) at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, or if circumstances arise outside of its control. 

g) By entering, all entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by each and all of these terms and conditions. LP reserves the right to exclude entrants and withhold prizes for violating any of these terms and conditions. 

h) Any entrant who submits an entry on behalf of a creative team (i.e. one or more other creators of the entry) warrants that he/she/they has obtained all necessary agent consents required to submit an entry in accordance with these terms and conditions. 

i) There is no alternative to the prize stated and the prize is not transferable and no part or parts of the prize may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions. 

k) LP and the LP management team will not be liable for any failure of receipt of entries. LP and the LP management team have no responsibility for any entries that are lost, delayed, illegible, damaged, incomplete or otherwise invalid. If the LP management team is unable to contact a shortlisted creator despite making reasonable attempts to do so, the Judges will be entitled to shortlist another entry. To the extent permitted under English Law, LP and the LP management team will not be liable for any loss or damage arising out of the winner’s enjoyment of the prize. 

l) These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales and entrants submit all matters arising in relation to these terms and conditions or the LP to the jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.