Hub City Press is a non-profit independent press in Spartanburg, SC that publishes well-crafted, high-quality works by new and established Southern authors. We are committed to high-caliber novels, short stories, poetry, memoir, and works emphasizing regional culture and history. We are particularly interested in books with a strong sense of place.
Hub City Press publishes four to six books a year, and our titles are distributed nationally by John F. Blair Co. in Winston-Salem, NC. We are funded by the South Carolina Arts Commission and hundreds of donors across South Carolina. We are the publisher of the biennial South Carolina First Novel Competition, whose 2014 judge was novelist Ben Fountain, and the New Southern Voices poetry book prize, whose 2015 judge is poet C.D. Wright.
Since 1995 we have published more than 70 books, including works by Ron Rash, George Singleton, Michel Stone, Marlin Bartin, Susan Tekulve, Marjory Wentworth, John Lane, Elizabeth Cox, Ray McManus, Jon Sealy, Philip Gerard, Lee Zacharias, and Lilah Hegnauer. Forthcoming books include works by Julia Franks and Mark Beaver. Our books have been edited or judged by The Atlantic’s C. Michael Curtis, Emmy-winner Kwame Dawes, and the University of Southern California’s Percival Everett.
Hub City books have garnered acclaim from such publications as Publishers Weekly, The Atlanta Constitution, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, The Journal of Southern History, Booklist, the Richmond Times-Dispatch and The Georgia Review, among others. We have won 14 Independent Publisher IPPY awards, including five gold medals.
A 12-member editorial advisory committee, made up of writers and editors in the Spartanburg area, reviews manuscript proposals after query submission periods in April/May and September/October. They also provide valuable editing and proofing work for the press. Members of this board include representatives of the creative writing departments at Converse College, Wofford College, and USC Upstate.
Each fall Hub City publishes a lead title for the Spartanburg market, which provides our major fundraiser of the year. Hundreds of residents contribute $100 or more to sponsor the book; in return they receive a limited edition hardback, and their names are included in the front of the book. These titles have included Artists Among Us, Outdoor Adventures in the Upcountry, Spartanburg Revisited, Literary Dogs & Their South Carolina Writers, For Here or To Go: Spartanburg’s Drive-Ins, Drive-Thrus, and Diners, and Hub City Music Makers, among many others. This year's book is On Common Ground: The Public Art of Spartanburg.
View Our Catalog to see the wide range of titles we have published in our twenty year history. Hub City occupies an important niche in the publishing world, offering a small but vigorous voice in the landscape of new literature.