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Fiction Podcasts

New Jersey Web Festival is entering its third year and is expanding its offerings to include the wonderful world of fiction podcasts!

 

Submissions from all over the world, and from every genre, are welcome.

Quality is the only criteria: we want to showcase the very best!

 

This year we are accepting serialized fiction, stand-alone fictional stories, anthologies, pilots, and trailers so that everyone can have a chance to #FeelTheMagic!

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at podcasts@newjerseywebfest.com.

Submission Deadline: June 12, 2020 at 11:59pm EST

Submission Fee: $30 ($29 Submission Fee + $1 Processing Fee)

All Shows will be notified of their acceptance status by July 30, 2020 at 11:59pm EST

Awards Categories

The awards listed below are just a sampling of what categories may actually appear at the festival. We're adding more as we go!

  • Best Actor in a Fantasy

  • Best Actor in a Horror / Thriller

  • Best Actor in a Sci-Fi

  • Best Actor in an Actual Play

  • Best Supporting Actor in a Fantasy

  • Best Supporting Actor in a Horror / Thriller

  • Best Supporting Actor in a Sci-Fi

  • Best Director in a Fantasy

  • Best Director in a Horror / Thriller

  • Best Director in a Sci-Fi

  • Best Writing in a Fantasy

  • Best Writing in a Horror / Thriller

  • Best Writing in a Sci-Fi

  • Best Ensemble Cast in a Fantasy

  • Best Ensemble Cast in a Horror / Thriller

  • Best Ensemble Cast in a Sci-Fi

  • Best Ensemble Cast in an Actual Play

  • Best Game Master

  • Best Chemistry

  • Best Sound Design

  • Best Score/Soundtrack

  • Best Theme Song

  • Best Series Premise

  • Outstanding Trailer

  • Outstanding Comedy Series

  • Outstanding Fantasy Series

  • Outstanding Horror / Thriller Series

  • Outstanding Sci-Fi Series

  • Outstanding Actual Play Series

  • Outstanding LGBTQ+ Series

  • NJ WEBFEST BEST OF THE BEST - PODCAST

Is my show eligible?

Whether you call your show a fiction podcast, audio drama, audio fiction, #meowmeowmeow or anything in between, you're still welcome to submit! What we call this artform doesn't change the fact that we are all lovers and supports of podcasting!

Ideally, you should have at least three episodes produced, but if you have one or two outstanding episodes, with future episodes in the works, feel free to submit. If it's a can't-miss show, we won't pass up the chance to showcase you at our festival.

Series creators should also include a link for us to listen to your entire series. We are lovers of podcasts, and may want to listen to every episode before making our selections!

Audio submitted should be no longer than 30 minutes in length and should present what you feel is the best representation of the audio you would like to be considered for awards. This can be a trailer or a portion of an episode, or even several episodes. As long as it comes in under the 30-minute limit, we’ll take it!

 

We also accept productions in any language, however shows that have a spoken language other than English must include English transcriptions.

If you have any other questions about the eligibility of your production, please reach out to us at podcasts@newjerseywebfest.com.

Is this a Podcast Convention?

In some ways, yes. Historically the New Jersey Web Festival has been one of the premiere film festivals for web series, music videos, and trailers in the world. On top of screenings (so that everyone can celebrate each others' incredible work), and an awards component, we offer panels with industry leaders, networking events, and a wide range of programming to give creators the best experience for their work, and to help create connections for their future artistic endeavors. In a way we are creating the first Fiction Podcast Film Festival.

But podcasts aren't fil--

Yep, yep, we walked right into that one. We don't have an exact term for what we're making, because honestly, its never been done like this before. We're bringing the magic of film festivals to the podcast space, and the magic of the podcast convention to the web series space. The best way to think of us is we're building a true WEB festival. We are creating an experience for creators on the web. We're here to support each other and that means taking risks and anything new and exciting is a risk worth taking. We understand that Audio and Film aren't the same thing, and that's why we've created the Fiction Podcast Planning Committee to connect the worlds between these two communities.

The...who?

These humans!

Anne Baird (she/they)

Anne is a certified mathematics nerd and business enthusiast, spending her days managing operations for a real estate investment company at her home on the Jersey Shore and most of her evenings in sessions for any one of several tabletop RPG campaigns. With her work with Hug House Productions, managing the marketing for Radio Drama Revival, and organizing International Podcast Month, Anne has jumped head first into podcasting and has no intention of slowing down.

Adam Berley (he/him)

Adam is a creator of web series, podcasts, films, and whatever else he can think of. With his wife Anna he produced the web series #NoFilter, which won Best Writing in a Comedy at the 2018 NJ Web Fest in addition to appearing in over 20 festivals around the world, and he was nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy for Adam Dates Women at NJ Web Fest in 2019. His series of genre-bending fiction podcasts The Adam & Gordon Show has not appeared in any podcast festivals because he doesn't know of any and wants to help change that! In his spare time he works as a video editor at CBS, where you may have seen some of his classic Young Sheldon gifs on Twitter.

Ned Donovan (he/him)

Ned is a multi-hyphenate content creator, primarily focused on the New Media space. His web series The Hunted: Encore has won over 70 awards at more than 50 festivals worldwide, including Best Score and Best Comic Fiction at the 2019 NJWF. His podcast Encounter Party! spent nearly 8 weeks on Apple Podcasts' New & Noteworthy Charts for the Games & Hobbies category (now leisure), and is currently in its 2nd season of release. You can find more about him and his work at his website, or through his production company, Charging Moose Media.

Wil Williams (she/they)

Wil is a podcast critic and journalist based in the barren nightmare wastelands of Phoenix. Wil is the showrunner for VALENCE and works on three podcasts about podcasts because she is a parody of herself: Scoring Magic, a documentary about creating a fiction podcast; Tuned In, Dialed Up, a conversation show about the podcast industry; and Radio Drama Revival, an audio drama spotlight and interview show. Wil writes reviews for Polygon, The AV Club’s Podmass, Spotify for Podcasters, Discover Pods, her own publication, and more.

Katie Youmans (she/her)

Katie is tired all the time, but has not let that stop her yet. She is currently based in Maryland, where she spends her days writing for engineers and her nights listening to podcasts, moving her cat off of the keyboard, and writing things that are meant to make others cry, but end up making her cry too. You can find her on Twitter, or somewhere in standstill traffic on I-495 screaming into an uncaring universe.