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. At the same time, we're interested in boundaries, borders, and in-betweens, so if you want to make a case for a state not listed here, we'll take a look.

We do not publish romance, science fiction, true crime, mystery, cookbooks, how-to books, horror/paranormal or specific-religion inspirational books. We do not publish books for young people (YA, middle grade or children's).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 eBook. 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.

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.

Please do not submit to the following prizes during our open submission periods:

C. Michael Curtis Story Story Book Prize

The C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book 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 of fiction.

The prize includes $10,000 and book publication and 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. 

Submissions:  January 1 - April 1 annually 

New Southern Voices Poetry Prize

The New Southern Voices Poetry Book Prize is open to all Southern poets with no more than one previously published full-length collection. Submittors must currently reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia or West Virginia, and must have resided there for a minimum of 24 consecutive months. 

Submissions: January 1 - April 1 biennially 

South Carolina Novel Prize

The South Carolina Novel Prize recognizes one of South Carolina's exceptional writers, debut or previously published, with publication and an award of $1000. Writers must be South Carolina residents for at least a year. Partners in this prize are the South Carolina Arts Commission, Hub City Press, College of Charleston, Crazyhorse Literary Journal, and the South Carolina State Library. South Carolina Humanities is a founding partner.

Submissions: January 1 - March 15 biennially 

Illustrators and Artists Profile Submission

We are always looking for emerging visual artists, illustrators and photographers for book cover collaborations. Please visit our Submissions page to send us a portfolio of your work.

The Hub City Writers Project would like to announce the creation of the Anne Lambert Scholarship for Excellence in Nonfiction Writing. This scholarship is designed to honor one of our beloved patrons and friends, the late writer Anne Lambert. The recipient of this scholarship will receive full tuition and board to attend our annual Writing in Place Conference, held this year on the weekend of July 10-12 at Wofford College. The Anne Lambert Scholarship is a need-based award that will honor a writer who embodies Anne’s enthusiasm for writing and community.  

To submit, please send a 5-page writing sample and a short statement (no more than one page) that describes your financial need. Please include a brief explanation of how you believe attending Writing in Place would benefit your writing.  Submissions to the Anne Lambert Scholarship will be accepted from January 9 - April 9. 

Every other year, the South Carolina Novel Prize recognizes one of South Carolina’s exceptional writers.

The contest is highly competitive, and the winner is provided a book contract with Hub City Press. Submissions will be read anonymously by our readers and judge. Winner is awarded publication by Hub City Press in the form of a printing of no less than 2000 copies to be nationally distributed to the trade in 2021. This can bring recognition that may open doors to other resources and opportunities in the literary community.

The S.C. Novel Prize is funded by the South Carolina Arts Commission, Hub City Press, and South Carolina Humanities. The South Carolina State Library is a founding partner.

S.C. Novel Prize entries are submitted online. Multiple file types are accepted, including Word and PDF. No paper applications will be accepted.

Submission Period Opens: January 10, 2020

Submission Deadline: March 16, 2020

The Award

The winning author will receive:

  • a book contract with Hub City Press, an award-winning independent press in Spartanburg, South Carolina;
  • a $1,000 advance against royalties upon successful execution of the contract with Hub City;
  • and Hub City will publish at least 2,000 copies of the book, which includes a book for every public library branch in the state.

The winning author will also receive invitations from the College of Charleston, South Carolina Humanities, and the South Carolina State Library and to appear and sign books at significant events.

March 16, 2020 is the deadline to submit a manuscript(s).

Manuscripts and résumés must be submitted online before 5 p.m. no later than the stated date. Notification of finalists and our winner will be sent in Summer 2020.


The applicant must:

  1. Be a legal resident of the U.S. and S.C. with a permanent residence in the state for one (1) year prior to the application deadline (twelve consecutive months);
  2. Be 18 years of age or older at the time of application;
  3. May have published a novel, a book of nonfiction, short stories, poetry or children’s literature.
  4. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, as long as winning author is willing to withdraw it from consideration elsewhere upon accepting the S.C. Novel Prize.


  1. Only manuscripts between 150 and 400 (single-sided) pages are eligible;
  2. Submission must be an original work of which the applicant is the sole author.

Other Information

  • We cannot give reasons for refusal or enter into correspondence or make suggestions, edits, or recommendations about submitted manuscripts.
  • No entry fees will be returned.
  • We will accept multiple entries from one author (no more than three [3] novels will be accepted).
  • The winning author will agree to at least five public appearances/book signings around the state.

Filing Fee


Hub City Press reserves the right not to publish any of the submissions that have been solicited. Each submission must be accompanied by a processing fee of $35, payable by debit/credit card with online submission. No entry fees will be returned.

Application Materials

Applicants must submit a manuscript and résumé online. Manuscripts submitted separately will not be processed.


  • Upload one copy of your manuscript. Multiple file types are accepted.
    • Name your manuscript using the novel’s title, NOT your name.
    • The title of the novel must appear on the upper right-hand corner of each page of the manuscript.
    • Applicant’s name and address MUST NOT appear anywhere on the work submitted. This includes the title page, headers and footers.
    • Manuscripts must be double spaced on 8 ½ by 11 pages. Pages must be numbered.
    • Font must be no smaller than 12 point.
  • If you are submitting more than one novel for consideration, please complete a separate online upload for each novel. No more than three (3) manuscripts will be accepted.


Résumé must not exceed three pages in length. The résumé will be used to prepare biographical information in the event the applicant is selected as winner of the competition. Résumés are not submitted with manuscripts for review.

Applicants’ works are reviewed anonymously by panelists who make their judgments on the basis of artistic merit. Three to four novels will be judged by author Stephanie Powell Watts.

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 . 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.

2020 Judge: ZZ Packer

ZZ Packer is the author of Drinking Coffee Elsewhere (2003) and has been frequently published in such journals as The New Yorker and Granta. She is at work on a novel. She has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Academy in Berlin Prize and a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship. She has taught at many institutions including Princeton, where she was a Hodder Fellow; the Michener Center at the University of Texas; Vassar College; and as a Jones Lecturer at Stanford. She received her education at Yale (BA), Johns Hopkins (MA), the University of Iowa (MFA), and Stanford as a Stegner Fellow.

Please read the full guidelines before submitting.

The Hub City/Emrys Prizes will be awarded in April 2020 for  excellence in nonfiction and poetry writing. All entries must be received by midnight March. 15, 2020. You must be at least 18 years of age  to enter and a resident of Greenville, Spartanburg, or Polk County, NC.

Winners each will receive full scholarships to Hub City’s “Writing in Place” workshop July 8-10 at Wofford College.

Submit one unpublished short story or poem 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 only one submission. Please do not put your name or other identifying information anywhere on the manuscript. Winners will be notified by April 1, 2020.

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