Hub City Press publishes books of literary fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, regional nonfiction, nature, and art. We are seeking new and extraordinary voices from the American South. Well-crafted, high-quality works by new and established authors. 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. Hub City is a small press, publishing six to eight titles per year. In general, our publication schedule operates at least 12-18 months in advance of release.

Hub City publishes writers living in or from the South. What's the South? A complicated issue, to say the least, but the short answer for our purposes: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia. 

We do not publish romance, science fiction, true crime, mystery, cookbooks, how-to books, horror/paranormal or specific-religion inspirational books. We do not publish books for young people (YA, middle grade or children's). Please do not send us a query if your book has already been self-published, even only as an e-book. We are not looking for single stories, essays, or poems at this time.

Submission Opportunities, Prizes, and Series:

Open Submissions 

Our open periods for unagented query submissions are March/April and September/October. You may only submit queries during these months. (Agents: it's best to contact Meg Reid directly to pitch us a book.)

Please send us a one-page query letter about your manuscript. 

  • Please do not send us pages from the manuscript itself.  
  • 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. 

We also can no longer accept queries for poetry collections or short story collections. Please submit in these genres through our New Southern Voices and C. Michael Curtis Short Story Prizes. If you are a South Carolina fiction writer, we hope you’ll consider submitting your novel to the South Carolina Novel Prize. 

Due to the size of our staff and the volume of queries we receive, we are unable to respond to every query. We will be in touch with you if we have interest in your work. If you have not heard back within six months of your query or manuscript submission, assume your manuscript was not a good fit for us.


  Judge: Gabrielle Calvocoressi

  Prize: $1000 and publication by Hub City Press

 Open to all poets who have either never published a full-length collection of poetry, or who have only published one full-length collection, and who currently reside in and have had residency in one or more of the following states for a minimum of 24 consecutive months: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia. (Residency will be verified before prize winner is announced.)

  Manuscripts should be between 48-120 pages for this contest. Friends, colleagues, and students of the judge, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, are not eligible. Writers who have published 2 or more full-length collections of poetry or who do not meet the residency requirements are NOT eligible. Manuscripts must be received between January 1, 2019 and April 17, 2019. Judging will take place during the months of April and June 2019 with a winner announced in July 2019. The reading fee for this prize is $25. Hub City Press will publish the winning selection in 2020.

  • Simultaneous submissions of the same manuscript to other publishers or contests are acceptable but please notify us by email (submit@hubcity.org) if your manuscript has been accepted elsewhere.

  • While translations and manuscripts in languages other than English are not acceptable, manuscripts that occasionally use words from other languages are perfectly fine.

  • No revisions of submitted manuscripts will be allowed during the contest.

  • We ask that you do NOT include a bio or an acknowledgements page with your manuscript since all manuscripts will be read anonymously by our readers, editors, and judge.

  • Manuscripts should include one title page with the manuscript’s title only. [NOTE: this has changed since we started accepting online submissions only]


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


NOTE: Please DO NOT send query letters for publication through this window. Submissions for creative writing in this form will be denied unread. Thank you for understanding.

Thank you for your interest in publishing with Hub City.

This is a special reading period for creative nonfiction: essay collections, memoirs, and single-topic narrative nonfiction.

At this time, we will NOT consider novels or poetry.

Submissions are open until February 14.

About the press:

Hub City Press is a small press, publishing six to eight titles per year including books of literary fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, regional nonfiction, nature, and art. Focused on finding and spotlighting extraordinary new and unsung writers from the American South, our curated list champions authors who represent the many people of this region and books that don’t fit neatly into the commercial or academic publishing landscape.

In general, our publication schedule operates at least 12-18 months in advance of release.

We are looking for:

Well-crafted works by new and established authors with an emphasis on the Southern experience and a strong sense of place. During this open reading period, we prefer queried projects to be close to completion.

We are committed to publishing and supporting lesser-heard Southern voices, including Black and Indigenous people, queer and trans people, immigrants, people with disabilities, as well as people from ethnic, cultural, and religious groups who have been historically oppressed and underrepresented by the publishing industry.

If you would like us to consider your work:

In addition to the first 10 pages of your book, please send us a one-page query letter about your manuscript.

This query letter should include the title, genre, length, book description, 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. We will be in touch with you if we have interest in your work. At this time, we are unable to respond to every query. If you haven’t heard from us within 90 days, we’ve passed on your project and wish you the best in placing it elsewhere.

Our preference is to communicate with you by email, so please make sure the email you use for Submittable is up to date.

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 novels, poetry collections, single stories, essays, or poems at this time.

We look forward to reading your work.

Hub City Press