Hidden River Arts Playwriting Award

$1,000 and a script-in-hand reading will be given to the winner of The Hidden River Arts Playwriting Award. Please note, there is a reading fee of $20 to submit.


  • Any previously unpublished and unproduced full-length play. (And yes, full-length musical plays are also accepted!)
  • Multiple submissions are permitted. Simultaneous submissions permitted.
  • Hidden River are based in the USA and welcome submissions from writers in English anywhere in the world.

Please note: As long as the play is unpublished, and has not received a full production (readings, workshops, showcases are all FINE) at the time of submission, you are not required to withdrawal the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 the 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.


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 they can attach it to the appropriate submission.

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


June 30, 2018

For more information and to submit please go to

Hidden River Arts Playwrighting Award


Contact Details

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

Published on:
10 May 2018


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