Werk It: Pitchfest Rules

Anyone who wants to develop their podcast idea. Your idea can be an existing podcast that you want to: scale up, increase your download numbers, or it can be a totally new podcast. You do not need to be affiliated with any station or media outlet.

  • Employees of NYPR, their immediate family members, or anyone living in their same household may NOT enter. 

To be considered for the pitch fest portion of the festival you must send a 250 word elevator pitch to jpoyant@wnyc.org by midnight on May 31st. 


A committee of producers at WNYC will pick eight finalists to advance their ideas at the festival and ultimately compete before a panel of judges to win a gift certificate to B&H for equipment. The goal of the Werk It pitchfest is to help develop your idea. You can use audio in your elevator pitch and at the pitching portion of the festival, but it's not required. You should note how far along you are in the development of your podcast idea and what you are seeking to gain from pitching your idea at Werk It.  New York Public Radio retains ultimate discretion in choosing winners. Entrants agree that NYPR has the sole right to decide all matters and disputes arising from this contest and that all decisions of NYPR (including with respect to winners of each stage) are final and binding.


1st Prize Winner receives a $500 gift certificate to B&H

2nd Prize Winner receives a $250 gift certificate to B&H

3rd Prize Winner receives a $100 gift certificate to B&H

Winners will be picked and awarded by the end of the Werk It: How to Be a Grown Ass Podcaster Festival, Friday June 5th, 2015 

GENERAL: By participating in Werk It: How to Be a Grown Ass Podcaster pitchfest, participants agree to the official rules, and that NYPR, its agents and employees will have no liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind resulting from their use or participation in the call for performances. Prize is nontransferable and cannot be exchanged for cash. There can be no substitutions for a prize of equal or greater value. Copyright for the entries will remain solely with the artists, though by entering this call for art you are giving New York Public Radio permission to use your entry online and in The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. Each entrant (including all members of each entrant that is a group) grants permission to NYPR and those acting under its authority to use his/her name, photograph, voice and/or likeness, for advertising and/or publicity purposes, as well as all submissions and performances in any and all media now known or hereinafter invented without territorial or time limitations and without compensation.

RESTRICTIONS: Restrictions may apply. By participating in the Werk It: How to Be a Grown Ass Podcaster Festival, a participant agrees to be bound by these official rules, and by all decisions of New York Public Radio staff and contest judges.

Send a note to Jen Poyant jpoyant@wnyc.org