2020 Audio Verse Awards Finalists

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Creation Date November 15th, 2020
Updated Date Updated November 30th, 2020
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514,064 verified votes were cast for our 1,294 nominees. The 340 finalists in the 34 categories came from these 128 productions!
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    (exp)lore is a fiction anthology podcast. Each episode takes an imaginative dive into the past and future of your city, transporting you to fictional worlds that mirror our own through music and the power of the voice. The stories will immerse you in rich audio dramas while you explore the world through a new lens.
  2. It’s 1996: cell phones are a fantasy, JNCO jeans are in style, and there are monsters in the American wilds. In the town of Revenant, Alaska—just north of the Arctic circle and just south of the nation’s most untamed national park—three women from wildly different walks of life must come together in the face of monstrous beasts, unsavory politicians, and their own dangerous secrets in order to unite their community and discover the truth about a magic that just might save them all. Let’s play Monster of the Week!
  3. A JOURNEY BEYOND THE SKIES is a science fiction podcast about a man who, after experiencing a personal tragedy, is quickly swept up in an unexpected adventure. Listen to Declan as he narrates his journal entries which document his thoughts and experiences. Accompanied by an original musical score and immersive sound effects, this is a story sure to come to life as you tag along on a brand new journey. ​​To visit the main website, head on over to http://www.journeybeyondtheskies.com ​Follow along on Twitter at @JBTSPodcast (https://mobile.twitter.com/jbtspodcast?lang=en) ​ ​This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental. ​ SciFi | Adventure | Futuristic | Cyberpunk | Narration | Storytelling | Noir | Narrative
  4. Radio broadcaster and parapsychologist Dr. Malcolm Ryder helps callers with their supernatural problems. He also delves into the dark and strange history of America. Callers are haunted by mysterious black doors, see ancient beings in their paisley wallpaper, have terrifying creatures appear in their cars on dark and lonely roads. In the history segment of our show, Ryder tells of the pyramid made of flesh in Palta, Arizona that appeared one morning, of how the Mississippi River is a sleeping leviathan, and of the last known sighting of the dark dealmaker, The Traveling Salesman. Kristin Holland as Dr. Malcolm Ryder Written & Produced by Jac Rhys
  5. Achewillow is a storytelling podcast about Miriam DuFour, a French Canadian woman drawn into the bizarre world of Achewillow and her own family’s history in that town. Through her eyes we discover a strange landscape of subtle magics, bizarre people, coffee, the occasional demon, and baked goods. Written by J-F. Dubeau and narrated by Amy Frost
  6. Call of Cthulhu comedy-horror podcast riding through the American Old West. Saddle up as we turn femurs into mist and canteens into grenades. Tombstone meets The Thing meets The Adventure Zone. We play a tabletop RPG but you don't need to know the rules at all to saddle up and laugh along with us. Thank you and good luck out there. **Get bonus content on Patreon** See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
  7. On December 25th, 2007, movie star and heiress Julie Capsom crashed her car into a tree in Northern California, walked into a nearby clearing, and vanished, leaving behind a male torso in her trunk. 10 years later, reporter Bea Casely and private detective Brenda Bentley are going to reopen the case. Each has a personal tie to the story. Each thinks they know what happened. And each knows the other is going to screw this whole thing up. Join Bea, Brenda, and the rest of the Good People at Wheyface Radio as they attempt to answer once and for all: what happened to Julie Capsom?
  8. Join us as Dungeon Master Dick and three adventurers explore ancient lands and sci-fi worlds. We are a group of artists and illustrators who mess around in our DM Dick Dynamite's made up fantasy lands and then come back to our world to draw them.
  9. Lara Campbell used to believe in the paranormal. Now she pretends to believe in it for money. But when her ex-partner goes missing near the Oregon Bigfoot Highway, she may have to re-evaluate everything she thought she knew. BELIEVER is a spooky fiction audio drama about ghosts, cryptids, demons, cosmic entities, and the fake psychic who doesn't believe they exist. New episodes every other Tuesday.
  10. The year is 1999. Lurking somewhere between Hot Topic and the food court, five misfit demons from Hell kill time inciting sin in a suburban shopping mall. When the lead singer of their band goes mysteriously missing, the demons only have two weeks to find him before they play the biggest gig of the millenium - or face the wrath of Satan herself.
  11. Starting your own business is tricky at the best of times, but when you’re the owner of a bubble tea shop on a space station - with a communist as your financial advisor and an alien as a head chef, not to mention the universe’s biggest ethically-questionable coffee-shop conglomerate has it in for you- it’s a real adventure.
  12. Campaign is long-form actual play podcast. Our current series Campaign: Skyjacks takes place in an original setting inspired by folktales and classic adventure fiction. Join Liz Anderson, John Patrick Coan, Tyler Davis, Johnny O’Mara, and gamemaster James D’Amato as they tell a tale of daring sky pirates. … Also it’s basically an elaborate re-telling of Weekend at Bernie’s.
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  13. Go on a monster hunt of lunar dimensions in this sci-fi mystery. Cryptids tells the story of a conspiracy radio show host and an avid listener who go in search of an afterlife. Instead they find a truth beyond their wildest nightmares. In this female driven, scripted, sci-fi audio drama, you'll meet monsters, aliens... and the ultimate grim reaper. www.cryptidspodcast.com Follow us on twitter: @Cryptidspodcast
  14. A high action, serial audio drama adventure following the wild lives of those living in the cyberpunk-deco city of Neo-Atlantis, 2112.
  15. d20 Dames is a tabletop storytelling podcast powered by Dungeons & Dragons. Every other week a group of five daring ladies comes together to explore a fantastic realm, befriend (or behead) monsters, and punch creeps.
  16. The Obituary Writer of Crestfall, Idaho finds himself deeply in over his head as he investigates a series of strange and mysterious deaths… when he is supposed to simply be writing obituaries. Along the way he encounters murderous farmers, man-eating cats, haunted bicycles, and a healthy dose of ominous shadows.
  17. Picking each story’s ingredients carefully, from their yeasty origins to their hammy plots, Ol’ Matty Hannibal Butler boldly chews through zesty summaries, meaty analysis, then tells you once and for all, without pretension or apology, if that word sandwich is still fresh and, of course, delicious. Has Ol’ Matty Hannibal Butler bit off a bite more than he could chew? Probably. But where there’s a will, there’s a Hemingway. And it’s all worth it for a bite of that Delicious Word Sandwich. Delicious Word Sandwich: readable edibles; eat with your whole face.
  18. Welcome to Dice Will Roll, the gayest Pathfinder Podcast on the Planet, where we ask the hard questions, like... Is it cannibalism to eat an awakened polymorphed chicken? Or is it morally okay to kiss a Goblin? What's the worst thing that could happen if we split the party? We're a group of four friends who team up every week to play Pathfinder and be hopelessly gay the whole way through! From getting 4 Nat 1's in a row, to standing up to the darkest forces of the multiverse- Dice Will Roll is here to bring some diversity to your TTRPG experience! Email: dicewillroll@gmail.com Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dice-will-roll/support
  19. An improvised actual play podcast where 4 friends come together to tell tales of battling monsters, saving the world and build community.
  20. A lesbian fantasy adventure! Join us as we play an all-lesbian game of Dungeons and Dragons!
  21. We are a weekly actual play podcast using the Numenera (http://numenera.com) Discovery and Destiny rules. Set one billion years in the future, we journey across the Ninth World. There have been eight worlds before this, where civilizations rose to intergalactic heights only to fall into ashes. Now, amongst the ruins and detritus of those ancient worlds, our four explorers search for understanding and discovery at the dawn of a new age. See more (https://www.explorerswanted.fm/about) Become a Patron!
  22. An anthological actual play podcast that explores settings, genres, and different characters by way of a thrilling and hilarious collaborative storytelling experience.
  23. FanGirls: An Original Fangirling Adventure Audio Drama in 8 Parts. The female fandom experience is unique. We all have our own special ways of enjoying Star Wars. Follow the journeys of Ally, Rish, Kristy, Danielle, and Lexy: Fangirls. Maybe the real Episode IX was the friends we made along the way. Follow the journey: Fangirls
  24. Fast Times at D&D High is a new Actual Play podcast set in a magical homebrew world from the mind of Dungeon Master Persephone! (@Persephiroth on Twitter)With players: Caro, Elise, Nuance, and Wren!
  25. Fireside Folktales is a collaborative show that takes myths and legends from around the world and breathes life back into them, transforming them into single-season audio fiction performances. Each story is created by a different writer. Do you have a story that you want to tell? Get in touch with us! We’re looking for stories from all over the world, especially myths from regions such as Africa, South Asia, Scandinavia, Russia, South America, and more! Fireside Folktales is here to help you tell your story, and to make mythology queer again.
  26. Folxlore tells the stories of queer people living literally and figuratively between two worlds. In one sense, we try to live normal lives while the world tells us we are not normal. In another sense, our normal lives are interrupted by a very not-normal rift opening up between our world and another plane of existence filled with nightmarish horrors. This pilot series deals with themes of first romance, hate crime related trauma, and queer parenthood Folxlore is rooted in everyday Glasgow, where monsters are always on the edge of your periphery. A collaboration between In The Works and Tin Can Audio
  27. Glass Letters is a limited series audio fiction story about loneliness, connection, and letters in bottles. Brought to you from an island in the middle of nowhere, and created by Anna Godfrey. Find us on Twitter at @glassletterspod
  28. Greater Boston is a bi-monthly full-cast audio drama that blends the real and the unreal, the historical and the fantastical. It all begins with the death of Leon Stamatis, a man for whom the least hint of uncertainty makes life unbearable. But by leaving the world, he has irrevocably changed it.Greater Boston is written and produced by Alexander Danner and Jeff Van Dreason.A production of ThirdSight Media LLC.
  29. Join a podcasting family as they build a world together in an actual-play format that infuses mystery with humor in a conversational story that is sure to delight. Each season brings weekly episodes of the main story along with the eclectic LukkyGo Variety Show which is like a story laboratory that goes behind the scenes while testing out new improv and story ideas. The HappyGoLukky Podcast is good clean family fun for all ages and audiences.
  30. "Harlem Queen" an audio drama based on the life and times of "Numbers Queen" Madame Stephanie St. Clair during the Harlem Renaissance.
  31. 100 years after L. Frank Baum's saga that began with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the Gale Family Farm sits abandoned in what's left of the great Kansas prairies. After her parents' messy divorce, Jessi Hugson and her mother move to Dorothy's old neighborhood for a new beginning. Things were already off to a shaky start, but when Jessi and her cousin Wallace find a jewel-studded bracelet in Dorothy's front yard...things get twisted. Twister'd, even.
  32. Just Press Playhouse has been creating Audio Fiction since 2016 beginning with Flushed With Love. Their stand alone series Just Press Playhouse Presents has produced other well received episodes such as “Lights On in Puerto Rico” (featured on Moonlight Audio Theatre) and "Kid Pros"! They have been selected to the HearNow Audio Festival in 2017 and 2019 for "Flushed with Love", "Fool's Gold" and "Lights On in Puerto Rico". If you love what we do check out our serial "Time Trip!" which was selected as a participant of the NATF Playhouse at the 2018 HearNow Festival and Episode 10 was listed as one of the "Top 100 Episodes of 2018".
  33. Glamour spell gone wrong? Astral projection got you untethered? Want to know why your angry dead rich father is haunting you? Consider Kalila Stormfire’s Economical Magick Services. After a controversial fallout with her coven, Kalila Stormfire must juggle complex clients and an anonymous critic hellbent on besmirching her new business. The decaying urban block where Kal operates appreciates her affordable experience in a broad range of supernatural ailments and remedies. Still, Kal is not sure if her talent is enough to stop whoever has been posting bad reviews and persuading customers to cancel appointments. If you like stories about minority witches in modern-day working class neighborhoods, meddling love goddesses, and morally ambiguous spellcraft…this is the tale for you.
  34. King Falls AM centers on a lonely little mountain town's late-night AM talk radio show and its paranormal, peculiar happenings and inhabitants. New shows available the 1st and 15th of every month! Be sure to start from Sammy's first show (May 1st, 2015) to stay up to date with all your King Falls favorites.
  35. Set in an alternate Tallahassee, FL where monsters, ghouls, and ghosts are the norm, our hosts Riley and Evelyn attempt to record and produce a podcast, often interrupted by everything from Blackbeard's ghost to an irritating tech bro with a God complex.
  36. Running a business is hard. Running a business alone in an old, haunted building is even harder. Janine didn’t know what she was getting herself into when she opened Prism - but with the help of Ryan (an astronomy professor with a useful knack) and Kale (an artist with a mind for marketing), she manages to stay aloft. Light Hearts follows the daily shenanigans of serving Prism’s customers, solving strange problems, and wrangling the occasional unexpected patron.
  37. Tara Hollis was supposed to get a fresh new start at her ancestral home, Light House. But when Tara and her family moved into Light House on that warm, winter's day in 1963, they did not suspect the horror that awaited them; a horror that lurked in the shadows, biding its time to quench its hunger. There is a darkness that dwells in the heart of Light House…one that will tear Tara’s family apart. Do you believe in ghosts? Tara didn’t…until she moved into Light House.
  38. A long time from now on a planet that's right next to ours, an Earthling couple decide to open up the very first vegan brisket restaurant on Mars. And when you're the first, you're also the best. Mars' Best Brisket is a limited run, audio sci-fi restaurant sitcom. It's also a charity event, raising money for The Lovin' Spoonfuls, a food rescue located in Boston, Mass.
  39. Leaving Earth and its problems behind seemed ideal, but no one anticipated just how difficult colonizing Mars would be. Marsfall follows some of the earliest colonists to settle on Mars in the year 2047, and each episode continues the story from a different character’s perspective. Led by their fearless commander Jacki O’Rania, and assisted by the artificial intelligence unit ANDI, they strive to make a home on the Red Planet while exploring its deeper mysteries.
  40. Based on the graphic novel by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross, Marvels takes place in the aftermath of the Fantastic Four’s battle with Galactus, high above New York City for the fate of the world. One intrepid photographer, an ambitious college student, and a cynical journalist embark on an investigation to confirm or debunk one of the most super-powered conspiracy theories of all time.
  41. Microphones & Monsters is a Cthulhu Mythos 5e D&D actual play podcast. We are combining cosmic horror into a high fantasy setting in the world of Dunzautera. Join us in madness as our heroes solve mysteries, encounter alien technology, and try to survive the dread from eldritch entities.
  42. The story of the world's most secret agents...the backups. For the first time in his career, Special Agent Chet Phillips has discovered that he can choose NOT to accept a mission! That means there's no choice but to send in the "B Team": A nervous pencil pusher promoted to the field, a computer hacker working off her sentence, a fading former sitcom star and a recently reassigned White House intern. A full cast comedy audio adventure with a new episode debuting each month!
  43. British Podcast Awards 2020 'Best Fiction' Nominee. Summer, 1989. Mockery Manor's new staff have moved into the on-site lake house, ready for the re-opening of Britain's most eccentric theme park. It's a teen dream of a job (as long as you've never seen Friday the 13th), and eighteen year old twins JJ and Bette are determined to leave a difficult year behind them and have a summer straight from the movies... if they don't kill each other first. But something's happening at the park. People keep going missing, and JJ has a horrible feeling the screams she heard in the scare maze were more than just a frightened guest. And why is feline park mascot Mr Crackles covered in blood? Mockery Manor is a full-cast production best enjoyed using headphones.