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!

****This is a special reading period for novels ONLY. ****

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. 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.

The Hub City/Emrys Prizes will be awarded in April 2017 for excellence in short story writing. All entries must be received by midnight Feb. 15, 2017. You must be at least 18 years of age to enter and a resident of Greenville or Spartanburg County.

Winners each will receive a full, $650 scholarship to the Wildacres Writers Workshop, a week-long creative writing summer school in the Blue Ridge Mountains in July. Second- and third-place winners receive full or partial scholarships to Hub City’s “Writing in Place” workshop July 14-16 at Wofford College.

Submit one unpublished short story of no more than 10 double-spaced pages, 12-point type. Previous winners may not submit in the year following their award. You can make one submission in each genre. Please do not put your name or other identifying information anywhere on the manuscript. Winners will be notified by April 1, 2017.


The Hub City/Emrys Prizes will be awarded in April 2017 for excellence in poetry. All entries must be received by midnight Feb. 15, 2017. You must be at least 18 years of age to enter and a resident of Greenville or Spartanburg County.

Winners each will receive a full, $650 scholarship to the Wildacres Writers Workshop, a week-long creative writing summer school in the Blue Ridge Mountains in July. Second- and third-place winners receive full or partial scholarships to Hub City’s “Writing in Place” workshop July 14-16 at Wofford College.

Submit up to three unpublished poems. Previous winners may not submit in the year following their award. You can make one submission in each genre. Put your name and email address on a coversheet but not on the manuscript itself. Winners will be notified by April 1, 2017.

$ 40.00
The Writers House offers three residencies per year in an historic cottage in downtown Spartanburg, S.C. The program is open to emerging writers in the United States who have completed a college degree in creative writing within the past five years or are pursuing a graduate degree in writing. Residents receive lodging, utilities, and a stipend; they are responsible for their own transportation and meals. Our residencies include a community service component of 15 weeks with the Hub City Writers Project, and offer a stipend of $150 a week.

If you select this option you will be under consideration for both the summer and fall residencies.

A 10-week summer residency from June 5, 2017 to August 15, 2017
A 15-week fall residency from September 4, 2017 to December 18, 2017


Please Submit: a writing sample of 10 poems, one novel chapter, a short story, or an essay of up to 20 pages; a one-page project description that includes what you want to accomplish with your own writing and your ideas for community literary service in Spartanburg; a résumé; and the names and contact information for two references.




Ends on April 15, 2017$ 30.00
$ 30.00
The Writers House offers three residencies per year in an historic cottage in downtown Spartanburg, S.C. The program is open to emerging writers in the United States who have completed a college degree in creative writing within the past five years or are pursuing a graduate degree in writing. Residents receive lodging, utilities, and a stipend; they are responsible for their own transportation and meals. Our residencies include a community service component of 15 weeks with the Hub City Writers Project, and offer a stipend of $150 a week.

A 10-week summer residency from June 5, 2017 to August 15, 2017


Please Submit: a writing sample of 10 poems, one novel chapter, a short story, or an essay of up to 20 pages; a one-page project description that includes what you want to accomplish with your own writing and your ideas for community literary service in Spartanburg; a résumé; and the names and contact information for two references.



Ends on June 17, 2017$ 30.00
$ 30.00
The Writers House offers three residencies per year in an historic cottage in downtown Spartanburg, S.C. The program is open to emerging writers in the United States who have completed a college degree in creative writing within the past five years or are pursuing a graduate degree in writing. Residents receive lodging, utilities, and a stipend; they are responsible for their own transportation and meals. Our residencies include a community service component of 15 weeks with the Hub City Writers Project, and offer a stipend of $150 a week.

A 15-week fall residency from September 4, 2017 to December 18, 2017

Please Submit: a writing sample of 10 poems, one novel chapter, a short story, or an essay of up to 20 pages; a one-page project description that includes what you want to accomplish with your own writing and your ideas for community literary service in Spartanburg; a résumé; and the names and contact information for two references.



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