The HRC Showcase Theatre Playwriting Contest

We are no longer accepting submissions for this year’s contest. For more submission opportunities, visit PlaySubmissionsHelper.com/blog for a list of contests and other play submission opportunities with deadlines coming up this month. Our 2019 contest will be announced in the fall of 2018.

Chair: Jesse Waldinger

2018 Playwriting Contest Guidelines

HRC Showcase Theatre in Hudson, New York, invites submissions of full-length plays to its annual contest from new, aspiring or established playwrights. Each submitted play should be between 70 and 90 pages in length (running time maximum 90 minutes excluding intermission), be previously unpublished, require no more than six actors, and be suitable for presentation as a staged reading by professional actors. No one-person shows, musicals or children’s plays will be considered.

The 2018-2019 HRC season runs from October, 2018 to May, 2019. Judges will select the winner of the W Keith Hedrick award ($500), which will be presented as the final staged reading of the season. The authors of the four runners-up also selected for readings will each be awarded $100. To qualify for the prizes, each playwright must attend the reading of his/her play in Hudson, New York. There is a $10.00 processing fee for each play submitted.

How to submit:
Only electronic submissions will be accepted. PDF format preferred. The e-mail address is: hrcshowcaseplaycontest@gmail.com.

In your e-mail message, please let us know where you heard about the contest. There should be two attachments:

  1. The play itself and a synopsis no more than a page in length. In order to ensure a blind reading, remove all identifying and contact information from this attachment.

  2. Name of the play and playwright, contact information and biography.

How to pay the $10.00 processing fee. There are two options:
  1. Send a check payable to the order of HRC Showcase Theatre to:

  2. HRC Showcase Theatre
    P.O. Box 940
    Hudson, NY 12534


  3. Paypal: use the following link:
    payment through PayPal

Entries must be received by February 1, 2018. The winners will be notified by the end of summer, 2018.

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