Hidden River Publishing

Type Of Organization
(610) 764-0813
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Hidden River Arts is committed to the "outsider artist," living up to our name in the ongoing search for "hidden" creative talent that exists outside of the expected places: those creative people developing their craft and finding their voices outside of the MFA programs, those independent writers' or artists’ groups not affiliated with a university or any funding institution. Of course, there are also artists who, while affiliated in those ways, are "outsiders" to the prevailing or popular methodologies. We will search for the writers who are finishing their novels while working as Emergency Room nurses, sculptors working as steam-fitters, song-writing dairy farmers or choreographer cowboys. We want the creative talent that is grown, nurtured, and matured in the kiln of real life experience. It is our belief that many, many talented people go unheard because they labor in obscurity or isolation, working with little or no support for the practice of their art.

Social Media Platforms Used
Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram
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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Debra Leigh Scott
Contact Title
Founding Director
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry
Representative Authors
DeWitt Henry, Marjorie Sandor, Orla McAlinden
Submissions Policy
Our submissions/guidelines are all posted on our blog at http://hiddenriverarts.wordpress.com with a breakdown for each of the genres and literary awards. All of our submissions now go through Submittable, where additional guidelines are posted. Our book authors enter into a publishing contract with us, but retain their copyright.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Submission Guidelines URL
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Reporting Time
6 - 9 months
Author Payments
royalties, cash
Eludia Award, Blue Mountain Award, Willow Run Award, Hawk Mountain Award, Tuscarora Award, Panther Creek Award, Tamaqua Award
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Year Founded
Organization founded 1995; press founded 2010
Number Of Books Published Per Year
5 in 2020; 6 in 2021
Titles In Print
See "Our Imprints" at http://www.hiddenriverarts.com
Percentage Of Above Available Digitally
Average Price Per Book
Average Price Per E-Book
Debra Leigh Scott
Founding Director and Editor-in-Chief
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
I am the Founder of Hidden River Arts.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
We are an all-volunteer organization. We also provide internships, primarily through university for-credit internship programs.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Be sure that you provide all necessary information, and be sure that you follow our guidelines.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
There is an extensive review process. Each complete manuscript is read and assessed at least 3 times by 3 different readers at each stage: entry review, semi-finalist review, finalist review. This is a thorough, respectful process.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
Initially, that all guideline requirements have been met. Second: high quality writing, unique voice, unusual and exciting subject. We are looking for unique voices writing on unique and significant topics.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Obviously, read and review our books. Know what Hidden River is about. Then, send us only your best work. Be patient. Our reading process is thorough and takes months of deliberation. We. therefore, encourage simultaneous submissions.
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
Each year has a new discovery or a new manuscript to be excited about. There is no one story.
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
Our readers are in love with literature. They are usually well-read and engaged in the literary community - through Goodreads, or book clubs, or through teaching -- very often also through being writers, publishers or artists themselves.