Please see the specific guidelines for the category of art you are submitting to Hidden River Arts. You can refer to our website for additional information ( or email us if you have any questions at with subject line indicating in which category you are interested. Thanks so much for your interest in Hidden River Arts! We sincerely look forward to seeing your work.

Hidden River Arts offers an award of $1,000 and publication by Hidden River Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, for an original collection of essays.  Previous publication of individual essays is acceptable, as long as you include the list of the published essays, the journals and magazines where they appeared, and authorize that the publication rights have reverted to you, as author.  

Submissions for the next round of the Tamaqua Award have been extended to  October 31, 2022.  Entry fee: $20 US.  This competition is open to international submissions for all writers in English. We accept simultaneous submissions, and ask only that you notify us immediately if your book has been accepted for publication elsewhere.  We also accept multiple submissions; each manuscript must, however, be submitted separately.  

Our deliberation process is thorough, and that being the case, it is also a long process.  Please never hesitate to submit your work for consideration to other opportunities, and accept our thanks in advance for your patience.  

All submissions must include name, address, telephone number, email, website (if you have one), a brief biography, full synopsis, outline (or table of contents), and full manuscript (in that order, please). Online submissions through Submittable are required. Please note that, when submitting online, all materials must be combined into ONE document before uploading. NOTE:  We do not impose a word count on our submissions, trusting that our writers know the shape and scope of their book-length work, and what it takes for their project to be whole and complete.  

All awards are decided by Hidden River staff, and decisions are final.  The semi-finalists, finalists and winner will be announced on our blog, so please follow us there, and be sure to bookmark us to keep up-to-date on our progress.  The blog can be found here:

Prize:  $1,000 

Guidelines (Please read FULLY):

The William Van Wert Memorial Fiction Award

Eligible: Any previously unpublished short story or novel excerpt of 25 pages or less. Any submission that includes more than 25 pages will be disqualified.

All novel excerpts must include a synopsis and outline of the whole novel, and an explanation of where the submitted portion fits into the overall structure of the work. Submissions of excerpts without a synopsis and outline will be disqualified.

A cover page should accompany the manuscript which includes the author’s name, address, telephone number, a brief bio, email address and manuscript title.

DEADLINE Submissions will be accepted beginning February 1, 2022 until June 30, 2022.

All manuscripts must be accompanied by a $17.00 entry fee, paid through Submittable.

Multiple submissions are permitted; but each must be sent separately and include a separate entry fee.

Simultaneous submissions are 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.

Contest results will be announced on our blog at -- Please be sure to follow us there for all updates and announcements.    

Please submit all required materials through our online submission program at:

When submitting through Submittable, please be aware that the program allows only ONE manuscript upload; it will be necessary that you create a file that includes all required materials to upload into one document.

If you have questions, please write to:

NOTE:  All announcements of semi-finalists, finalists and the winner of the William Van Wert Award will be announced on our blog at   Please be sure to follow us there so that you'll be notified of any posts and all information.

Please be sure to BOOKMARK the blog site for all announcements of semi-finalists, finalists and winners of this competition, and for other announcements of our programs and events:

$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!)

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, 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.  Please be advised that this address is for the musical materials ONLY.  We are no longer accepting play submissions through email or through mail.  All submissions must be made through the Submittable platform.  

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 each play 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:  August 31, 2022

If you have questions, please write to:

Hidden River Arts