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!
Send us a Query Letter
Hub City Press publishes books of literary fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, regional nonfiction, nature, and art. Hub City is a small press, publishing five to eight 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. Submissions are open in March/April and in September/October. At specific times we may be open to specific genres for extra time. Please check out Submittable page to see what we are currently looking for.
A Submittable link is available at the bottom of this page 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:
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.
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 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. We do not publish books for young people (YA, middle grade or children's).
We also can no longer accept queries for poetry collections.
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.
Hub City Press's Summer Publishing Internship program is based out of the Writers House, an historic cottage in downtown Spartanburg, S.C. The program is open to those interested in literary publishing in the United States who have completed a college degree (BA, BFA, MA, MFA, PhD) in creative writing within the past five years or are pursuing a graduate degree (MFA, MA, or PhD) in writing or related field.
Our residencies include work in the Hub City Bookshop and in the Press offices for no more than 25 hours per week. The internship will also require remote work including manuscript reading, copyediting, and proofing. Interns receive lodging, utilities, and a stipend of $150 a week; they are responsible for their own transportation and meals.
The next internship opportunity will be: June 4th to August 15th, 2018
- Ambitious, driven, and detail-oriented individual with excellent written, verbal, and organizational skills
- Initiative and the ability to work independently
- Fluency in various social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
- Self-starter, deadline driven; ability to work independently and with others, take initiative
- A passion for publishing and literary citizenship. Knowledge of contemporary literature including Hub City Press's catalog
- A commitment to encouraging diversity in literary publishing
- 1 year prior experience in publishing required (includes: work experience, degrees, and certificate programs)
- Support a range of administrative needs, including executing orders and mailings, membership donations database updates, metadata entry, etc
- Assist in proofreading, copyediting, and fact-checking materials including manuscripts, digital content, and fundraising materials
- Work as a clerk in the bookshop for a set number of hours weekly
- Assist in staffing events and readings for both bookshop and press
- Update the press website, as needed
- Attend weekly staff meetings
- Cover/resume via Submittable
- Top five contemporary books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (in any combination)
- Up to three pages of additional documents, e.g., references, work samples (please do not send creative writing samples)
- Names and contact information for two references.
The application fee is $30.
A 15-week fall residency from September 4, 2018 to December 18, 2018
If you select this option you will be under consideration for both the Fall and Spring residencies. This is not an application for a longer residency.
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 3, 2018 to December 17, 2017
• A 15-week Spring residency from January 7, 2019 to May 2, 2018
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.