Do you have an idea for a great Australian podcast? 

 
 Submissions have now closed.  Thanks so much for the overwhelming response!

ABC Audio Studios wants you to help us create a potential hit show.  

We're the ABC's new digital-first audio content production house.  Our team makes compelling and distinctive podcasts for an audience on-the-go. 

We're looking for new ideas for podcasts that:   

  • Are original, entertaining and/or important 

  • Say something new in a way we haven't heard before  

  • Use a unique style and format   

  • Feature different voices talking about diverse topics  

  • Reflect contemporary Australia  

  • Appeal to a targeted and niche audience 

  • Can find passionate followers who will share the word  

We DON'T want:   

  • Duplications of our current podcast output  

  • Podcasts that directly promote a business or commercial activity  

  
All we need for now is 250 words plus some answers to a few simple questions.    

Scroll down to the SUBMIT button below to pitch your podcast idea.  

 
 Are you pitching for the first time?  Here are some tips on how to do it well.  

 
 If you’ve got any questions, email audiostudios@abc.net.au  

 

Keep in mind these important dates 

  • November 17 11.59pm AEST - Deadline for all podcast pitches. 

  • December 5 - First round selections made and parties notified.  If your pitch has succeeded, you'll be offered a one-on-one session with an ABC Audio Studios Executive Producer to refine your idea and help hone your pitch for the next round.  The sessions will be scheduled between December 4-15.  

  • January 12 - Deadline for refined pitches. 

  • Friday January 19 - Final round selections made and parties notified.   

  • The final round will be a direct pitch to the commissioning panel between January 29-Feburary 9 (likely via video conference).

  • In late February we'll announce the podcasts we've commissioned for piloting or production.  

 

Welcome!  This is your first port of call for pitching an idea to Earshot, ABC RN’s features and documentary program.

If you’re interested in contributing, click submit and tell us all about it.

We are looking for:

* stories about modern life, history and creativity.

* new and fresh ideas

* a sense of narrative

* a deep engagement with the people in the program

* creative use of audio to tell the story: compelling writing, location recordings, readings and archives.

We also accept series ideas that naturally stretch across several episodes.

Please fill out the form as best as you can at this point. If we have any additional questions, we will be in touch, and if we don’t feel your idea is right for Earshot, we'll let you know.

We welcome up to three proposals, per producer, per round. If you have any audio or text to include, please upload at the next step. If you have any questions about submitting, contact us at earshot@your.abc.net.au.