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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.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.