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We do not publish romance, science fiction, true crime, mystery, cookbooks, how-to books, horror/paranormal or specific-religion inspirational books. We do not publish books for young people (YA, middle grade or children's).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

About our Open Submission Periods:

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.)

What to send us:

  • Please send us a one-page query letter about your manuscript.
  • 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. 
  • Attach 10 pages from your manuscript. 

We can no longer accept queries for poetry collections or short story collections during our open submission period. Please wait to submit in these genres through our New Southern Voices Poetry Prize (open every other spring [2022, 2024...]) and C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize (open every other fall [2021, 2023...]). If you are a South Carolina fiction writer, we hope you’ll consider submitting your novel to the South Carolina Novel Prize (open every other spring via the South Carolina Arts Commission). 

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 feel free to withdraw and resubmit to another open submission period after 12 months if you have made revisions to your project and have not heard back from us. 


The South Carolina Novel Series publishes a novel by a South Carolina writer biennially. Writers selected for publication in this series are awarded $1,500 and book publication, including marketing and tour support from Hub City Press and the series partners, as well as placement in all South Carolina state libraries and readings/events with presenting sponsors.

The series is open to writers of all levels who have lived in South Carolina for at least one year prior to submission of their manuscript. Co-sponsors include the South Carolina Arts Commission, the South Carolina State Library and South Carolina Humanities. Submissions for the series will open on January 1 and will close April 15 and will require no submission fee.

Selection Process

Manuscripts will be taken through online submission during the open reading period only.  Final selection will be made by Hub City Press editors.

Eligibility

  • The series is open to writers of all levels who have lived in South Carolina for at least one year prior to submission of their manuscript. (Residency will be verified before the winner is announced.)
  • Submitters must not be affiliated with Hub City Press or Hub City Writers Project as a staff member or volunteer.

Submission Guidelines

  • Hub City Press will accept typed manuscript submissions between January 1 and 11:59PM April 15. The winner is announced in the summer.
  • Only manuscripts between 150 and 350 (single-sided) pages are eligible (or no more than 90,000 words) Submission must be an original work of which the applicant is the sole author.
  • We ask that writers submit only one (1) book during the submission period. Second submissions of additional books will not be read.
  • Simultaneous submissions of the same manuscript to other publishers or contests are acceptable but please notify us through withdrawal of your submission if your manuscript has been accepted elsewhere.
  • While translations and manuscripts in languages other than English are not eligible, manuscripts that occasionally use words from other languages are acceptable and welcome.
  • No revisions of submitted manuscripts will be allowed during the contest.
  • Manuscripts will only be taken during the open reading period and must be submitted through the online submission portal. Paper submissions will be destroyed.

FAQ

I have never published a novel before. Am I eligible?
Yes! The South Carolina Novel Series is looking for emerging writers in the region.

I have published more than one novel/book before. Am I eligible?
Yes! The series is open to writers of all levels who have lived in South Carolina for at least one year prior to submission of their manuscript.

I was born in / grew up in / attended school in South Carolina, but have since moved away. Am I eligible?
Unfortunately, no. The contest is open only to writers currently living in South Carolina. If you don't currently live in South Carolina, you are ineligible for the prize. You must currently live in South Carolina for a year to the date of your submission.

I have lived at two different addresses in South Carolina in the last 12 months. Am I eligible?
Yes! As long as you've stayed in the state, you are eligible.

I am an agent representing a South Carolina writer. Can I submit my author to the series?
Yes, but please note that the contract for publication will be written between Hub City and the author.

Questions?
If your question is not answered above, email kate@hubcity.org.

The Hub City/Emrys Prizes will be awarded in May 2022 for excellence in fiction and poetry writing. All entries must be received by midnight April 1, 2022. 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 fiction piece or nonfiction piece 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 but indicate whether your submission is FICTION or POETRY. Winners will be notified by May 15, 2022.

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