Hidden River Arts Playwrighting Award

$1,000 and a script-in-hand reading will be given to the winner of The Hidden River Arts Playwrighting Award. This award is for a full-length script.

Eligible: Any previously unpublished and unproduced full-length play. (And yes, full-length musical plays are also accepted!)


All submissions MUST BE submitted through Submittable (link below). Please do NOT send your plays to our email address.  The full script should be submitted, along with a brief bio, synopsis and character breakdown. Any scripts submitted without the synopsis and breakdown will be disqualified. Musical submissions should include either a sound file link, which you should be able to upload to Submittable’s system. It can also be sent to hiddenriverarts@gmail.com, or a CD mailed to Hidden River Arts, P.O. Box 63927, Philadelphia, PA 19147. The music should be clearly marked and identified so that we can attach it to the appropriate submission. It is much preferred for you to submit ALL your materials through Submittable so as not to disadvantage your consideration.

Please note: As long as the play is unpublished, and has not received a full production (readings, workshops, showcases are all FINE) at the time of submission, you are not required to withdrawal the manuscript if you receive a production or publication offer during our deliberation process. As long as you have not received a full production at the time you submit your manuscript, you are free to continue to submit and accept other opportunities.

Multiple submissions are permitted, but must be submitted separately. Simultaneous submissions permitted.  We welcome submissions from writers in English anywhere in the world.

All entries will be judged by the editors and staff of Hidden River Arts. All decisions of the Hidden River staff is final.

Reading Fee: $20
Deadline: June 30, 2020
Submissions should be made to Submittable.

If you have questions, please write to: hiddenriverarts@gmail.com

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