Announcing the NPR Student Podcast Challenge


Have something to say? Now is your chance.

We’re inviting students around the country to create a podcast, then — with the help of a teacher — compete for a chance to win our grand prize and have your work appear on NPR.

Be a part of the first-ever NPR Student Podcast Challenge.

how it works


Here’s how it works: Put together a podcast with your class or extracurricular group. Then submit it to us with help from a teacher.

This contest is aimed at students between 5th and 12th grade. Each podcast should be between three and 12 minutes long.

Come back here between Jan. 1, and March 31 to submit your podcast. We’ll announce our winners in April. The winning podcast submissions will be featured in segments on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Where to begin


We don’t expect you to be experts. In fact, we’re guessing that most of you are putting a podcast together for the very first time. Don’t panic!

Visit our submission guide to find suggested prompts, guidelines for submissions, and a list of questions you might have.

But before you do anything, it’s important to read the official rules here.

Sure, this is a competition, but it’s also about learning new skills in a fun way. We want to make that learning easier — so we’ve put together materials to help both teachers and students along the way.

The Judges


  • Jasmine Garsd Garcia

    Jasmine Garsd Garcia


  • Sarah Gonzalez

    Sarah Gonzalez


  • Lee Hale

    Lee Hale


  • Linda Lutton

    Linda Lutton


  • Rebecca Martin

    Rebecca Martin


  • Shereen Marisol Meraji

    Shereen Marisol Meraji


  • Doug Mitchell

    Doug Mitchell


  • Cory Turner

    Cory Turner


  • Sam Sanders

    Sam Sanders


  • Ki Sung

    Ki Sung


Our panel of expert judges will be listening for creative work that stands out. You can find a full set of judging criteria here.

Questions? Read through our frequently asked questions here. If you’re still looking for an answer, send us an email at