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Excellence in (Student) Podcasting Submissions Now Open

Posted by on Monday, January 24, 2022 in News.

The Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities is sponsoring the second annual Excellence in Podcasting Competition, in collaboration with the Office of Immersion Resources and the Center for Teaching. We had really fantastic student submissions last year, and you can listen to the winning submissions on our podcast VandyVox.

If you know of students who have recently produced great audio (maybe as an assignment in your class!), please encourage them to submit that audio to the competition. There are cash prizes! See below for the official announcement with more information. – Derek Bruff, Executive Director

Whether tied to a class, an Immersion Vanderbilt project, or simply a personal passion, a podcast episode or series is a creative and evocative method for students to capture the ear – and imagination – of their audience. Creating a podcast takes dedication and effort, requiring research, technological know-how, curiosity, and time.

To recognize exceptional student creations, we are excited to announce the second annual Excellence in Podcasting Competition. This competition is open to current undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at Vanderbilt University. It is sponsored by the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, in collaboration with the Center for Teaching and the Office of Immersion Resources.

Prizes will be awarded in two categories: (1) undergraduate students and (2) graduate and professional students. A grand prize of $500 will be awarded to the 1st-place winner in each category, while $250 will be awarded to the runners-up. Winning pieces will also be featured on VandyVox, a podcast showcasing the best of student-produced audio at Vanderbilt University. Last year’s winning entries can be heard here or by searching “VandyVox” in a podcast app.

Submissions should have some critical or creative storytelling, broadly defined, and may include audio documentaries, radio dramas, panel discussions, spoken word essays, and more. We ask that submissions be no more than 20 minutes in length; excerpts from longer pieces or ongoing podcasts will be accepted.

Students are allowed one (1) submission each. All submissions for the Excellence in Podcasting Competition are due by Friday, April 1 at 12:00 noon. Questions? Please contact the Office of Immersion Resources at .

Please upload your audio file on the InfoReady application. Applications which do not include the audio file will not be considered. If you have issues uploading your file, please email

Interested in learning more about podcasting? Join The Pod, a group of current and aspiring podcasters, for resources and support.

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