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 our last cycle deadlined  October 31, 2022.  Our submission window is currently closed. 

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.  We ask only that you notify us and withdraw your submissions immediately should your manuscript be accepted for publication elsewhere.

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). Any submission that does not include all the required materials will be discarded unread. Be sure to also include your full contact information in your cover letter.

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.  We reserve the right to withhold the prize on any given year should our staff decide that no manuscripts meet the winning criteria.  

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:


Hidden River Arts offers  a prize of $1000 and publication with Hidden River Press, an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, for an unpublished book-length collection of poetry.  The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a poetry manuscript of 75 to 100 pages with a $20 entry fee.  Submissions deadline for the 2022-23 deadlined February 20, 2023.  

Submissions are currently closed. Be sure to follow our blog where announcements of semi-finalists, finalists and winners are made:

Individual poems included in the submission may have been published, as long as all rights have reverted to the poet.  Please provide a full list of publications: titles, where published, date of publication, and confirmation of your rights. 

Please include an introductory statement about your collection (approximately TWO paragraphs) where you discuss the themes, subject exploration, and the ways in which the poems in this collection coalesce to create a larger, overarching, work. This serves as a synopsis of the collection.  Entries without this requested synopsis will be immediately discarded. 

Manuscripts should include, in this order, the introductory statement, title page, table of contents, and when appropriate, an acknowledgments page. Manuscripts should be paginated and formatted in an easy-to-read font .  If your poetry has special formatting, please be sure that you upload the manuscript as a PDF. Please be sure that your cover letter includes full contact information, and include a brief bio and something about yourself that would not be included in a resume.  

All decisions are made by the Hidden River Staff and are final.  We reserve the right to withhold the prize on any given year should our staff decide that no manuscripts meet the winning criteria.  

Questions?  Please email, or see our blog at

Telephone is 484-215-1245

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Our announcements of semi-finalists, finalists and winner will be posted on our blog site. Please be sure to follow the blog so that you'll be notified of  all updates.  (

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