This is the page to submit residency applications, manuscripts and query letters to Hub City Press. At certain times, this is also the place to submit to the New Southern Voices Poetry Prize and the Greenville/Spartanburg Writing Contest.

Please submit in the correct category!

Ends on January 1, 2018$25.00
$25.00
The C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize includes $10,00 and book publication. The prize is named in honor of C. Michael Curtis, who has served as an editor of *The Atlantic* since 1963 and as fiction editor since 1982. Curtis has discovered or edited some of the finest short story writers of the modern era, including Tobias Wolff, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, and Anne Beattie. He has edited several acclaimed anthologies, including *Contemporary New England Stories, God: Stories, and Faith: Stories*. Curtis moved to Spartanburg, S.C. in 2006 and has taught as a professor at both Wofford and Converse Colleges, in addition to serving on the editorial board of Hub City Press.

The first winning book will be published in Spring 2019. This prize is made possible by an anonymous contribution from a South Carolina donor.

The new prize is open to emerging writers in thirteen Southern states. Submitters must currently reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia or West Virginia, and must have no previously published books.

A $25 submission fee will accompany each submission. Submission information can be found at www.hubcity.org/cmcprize . Manuscripts will be taken through online submission only. All manuscripts will be read anonymously by paid screeners. This contest is guided by the CLMP Code of Ethics.

Please read the full guidelines before submitting.


Hub City Press publishes books of literary fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, regional nonfiction, nature, and art. Hub City is a small press, publishing four to six titles per year. In general, our publication schedule operates at least 12-18 months in advance of release.

If you would like us to consider your work, please send us a one-page query letter about your manuscript. We accept these letters in March/April and in September/October. A Submittable link will be available during those times for digital submissions. This query letter should include the title, genre, length, description of the work, author background and publication history. Let us know of any credentials that particularly qualify you to write your book. If you have access to special markets or promotional opportunities for your book, we’d like to know about them as well. Please do not send us pages from the manuscript. We are unable to respond to every query. We will be in touch with you if we have interest in your work.

Our preference is to communicate with you by email, so please include your email address in your query letter.

We are looking for:

Well-crafted, high-quality works by new and established authors, with an emphasis on the Southern experience. We are particularly interested in books with a strong sense of place. We believe strongly that the publishing industry needs to promote a more diverse range of experiences, and so have committed ourselves to spotlighting lesser-heard Southern voices including: people of color, gender diversity, LGBTQIA, people with disabilities, as well as ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

We are not looking for:

Submissions in the following categories: romance, science fiction, true crime, mystery, cookbooks, how-to books, horror/paranormal or specific-religion inspirational books. Please do not send us a query if your book has already been self-published, even only as an eBook. We are not looking for single stories, essays, or poems at this time. First-time SC novelists please submit to the SC First Novel Prize contest.

We can no longer accept email or paper submissions, so please send all queries through the Submittable page.

We are always looking for emerging visual artists, illustrators and photographers for book cover collaborations.


Hub City Press has an ongoing need for artists for commissioned illustrations and cover artwork. We'd love to see your work!