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 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 also can no longer accept queries for poetry collections or short story collections. Please see the C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize and the New Southern Voices Poetry Prize for information on how to submit to our prizes.
We do not publish books for young people (YA, middle grade or children's).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.
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.
The Writers House offers one residency 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 (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. Residents receive lodging, utilities, and a stipend; they are responsible for their own transportation and meals.
Our residencies include a community service component of 20 hours per week and offer a stipend of $800 a month.
The residency runs from the first week of September 2019 until the first week of May 2020.
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.
For more information and complete guidelines, please visit our website.
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 www.hubcity.org/cmcprize . 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.
2018 Judge: Lauren Groff
Lauren Groff is the New York Times bestselling author of three novels, The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, and Fates and Furies, and the celebrated short story collections Delicate Edible Birds and Florida, which was published in June by Riverhead. Her work has appeared in journals including the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Tin House, One Story, and Ploughshares, and in the anthologies 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, and five editions of the Best American Short Stories.
Judge: G.C. Waldrep
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, GC Waldrep, 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 15, 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 (firstname.lastname@example.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]