Playwriting Contest

The HRC Showcase Theatre Playwriting Contest 

Chair: Jesse Waldinger

2020 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should be between 70 and 90 pages in length (running time maximum 90 minutes excluding intermission), be previously unpublished, require no more than six actors, and be suitable for presentation as a staged reading by Equity actors. No one-person shows, musicals or children’s plays will be considered.  

The 2020-2021 HRC season runs from September, 2020 to June, 2021. 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. Overnight accommodations will be provided. 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:

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

(2) PayPal through the following link:
Payment through PayPal

Entries must be received by February 1, 2020. The winners will be notified by the end of summer, 2020.