Amateur Podcast Championships 2016

Are you a podcaster or part of a show?

Then we want you to enter the 2016 Amateur Podcast Championships; because we want to promote your podcast, give you feedback if needed, and quite possibly crown you the 2016 CHAMPION! The winner will receive a $250 American Express Gift Card and year-long social and digital media push from Monkeys Fighting Robots ($2,000 value). Second place will receive a year-long social and digital media push to expand your audience. Third place will have a rotating ad unit on Monkeys Fighting Robots in the FRIENDS section.

The winner will be announced during the Lady Gaga half-time show of Super Bowl LI on Sunday, February 5, 2017, via social media. The deadline for entry is midnight (EST) on December 31, 2016.


The competition is open to podcasters worldwide who have less than 2,500 plays or downloads per episode and the podcast must be English speaking. The podcast episode you submit must be from 2016.

Each podcast will be judged on a weighted scale: 50% content, 40% sound, and 10% production value. Each entry will receive his or her personal score.

All entered podcasts will be embedded on the Amateur Podcast Championships 2016 competition page for the whole world to listen to, with links back to the original website. Official Rules are located at the bottom of this page.

To submit an entry, fill in the form below and submit the entry fee of $10 via PayPal. Good luck!

Registration is now closed for 2016

Meet the competitors.


1. Eligibility
Amateur Podcast Championships 2016 (the Contest) is open to authors around the globe who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry. Employees of Popaxiom, LLC and other companies associated with the promotion of the Contest, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and advertising and promotion agencies as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Eligible podcasts must have an average of fewer than 2,500 plays or downloads per episode. Limit one episode per podcast.

2. Sponsor
The Contest is hosted and run by Monkeys Fighting Robots, located at 1025 10th Street North, Suite 1, St. Petersburg, FL 33705.

3. Agreement to Official Rules
Participation in the Contest constitutes entrants’ full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon being compliant with these Official Rules and fulfilling all other requirements set forth herein.

4. Contest Period
The Contest begins on November 15, 2016 and ends on December 31, 2016. (the Contest Period). Entries that are submitted before or after the Contest Period will be disqualified. Submissions will be accepted for the duration of the Contest using the following method: Complete the entry form above.

5. How to Enter
One episode of one podcast per entry. Entry fee is $10 per entry. Entry fee must be paid via PayPal (submit $10 payment via PayPal to

6. Winner Selection
On February 5, 2017, the Sponsor will announce the winner. The Sponsor will attempt to notify the potential winner via email on or about February 3, 2017. If the potential winner cannot be contacted within five (5) days after the date of the first attempt to contact him/her, the Sponsor may select an alternate potential winner in his/her place from the remaining eligible entries.

7. Winner Notification
The potential winner will be notified by email.

8. Prizes
The winner will a $250 American Express Gift Card and a year long (February 2017 – January 2018) social and digital media push from Monkeys Fighting Robots (value $2,000).

9. General Conditions
In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to fraud, virus, bug, worm, unauthorized human intervention or other technical problem, or in the event the Contest is unable to run as planned for any other reason, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, the Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either (a) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules or (b) terminate the Contest. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to damage the website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages (including attorneys fees) and any other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Failure by the Sponsor to enforce any provision of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

10. Release and Limitations of Liability
By participating in the Contest, entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor, and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, other companies associated with the Contest, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, shareholders, representatives, and agents (the Released Parties) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use of the prize (including any travel or activity related thereto), including, but not limited to: (a) any technical errors associated with the Contest, including lost, interrupted or unavailable Internet Service Provider (ISP), network, server, wireless service provider, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone, cellular tower or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties; (b) unauthorized human intervention in the Contest; (c) mechanical, network, electronic, computer, human, printing or typographical errors; (d)(e) any other errors or problems in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors that may occur in the administration of the Contest, the announcement of the winner, the cancellation or postponement of the event and/ or the flyover, if applicable, or in any Contest-related materials; or (f) injury, death, losses or damages of any kind, to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrants participation in the contest or acceptance, receipt or misuse of the prize (including any travel or activity related thereto). Entrant further agrees that in any cause of action, the Released Parties liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Contest, and in no event shall the entrant be entitled to receive attorneys fees. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest. Entrant waives the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.

11. Disputes
Except where prohibited, each entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Competition or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in Florida. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrants rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Competition, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of Florida, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules, which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than Florida.

12. Privacy
Information collected from entrants is subject to sponsor’s privacy policy.

13. Winner List
Winners will be announced on February 5, 2017, which can be found at

Matthew Sardo
Matthew Sardo
As the founder of Monkeys Fighting Robots, I'm currently training for my next job as an astronaut cowboy. Reformed hockey goon, comic book store owner, video store clerk, an extra in 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' 'Welcome Back Freshman,' and for one special day, I was a Ghostbuster.