Founded in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1995, Hub City Press, is the South’s premier independent literary press.

Focused on finding and spotlighting extraordinary new and unsung writers from the American South, our curated list champions diverse authors and books that don’t fit into the commercial publishing landscape. The press has published over ninety high-caliber literary works, including novels, short stories, poetry, memoir, and books emphasizing the region's culture and history. Hub City is interested in books with a strong sense of place and is committed to introducing a diverse roster of lesser-heard Southern voices.
Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, our books have been widely praised and featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, NPR, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Wall Street JournalEntertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other outlets.

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Gravy x Hub City Press

Hub City Press is the national distributor of Gravy Quarterly. Published by the Southern Foodways Alliance, the quarterly journal shares original narratives that are fresh, unexpected, and thought-provoking. Gravy tells stories about the changing American South. Each year, Gravy supports the work of over 100 writers, illustrators, and photographers in the South and beyond.

Gravy was named the 2015 Publication of the Year by the James Beard Foundation and has received multiple nominations for other awards between 2016 and 2020, from humor writing to the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award. Notable contributors include Silas House, Janisse Ray, Randall Kenan, Monique Truong, Caleb Johnson, Chris Offutt, Latria Graham, and Imani Perry, among others.

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Unagented Submissions

Submissions for novels are open in March and September each year. Nonfiction submissions are in April and October. In general, our publication schedule operates at least 12-18 months in advance of release. Check our Submittable page to see what we are currently looking for. Please note we can not respond to any queries by phone. Due to the size of our staff and the volume of queries we receive, we are unable to respond to every query. 

Please take a look at this letter from Press Director Meg Reid on what we are looking for during open queries.

Please familiarize yourself with our catalog before submitting.


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Book Prizes & Partnerships

The Cold Mountain Fund Series

This series is a partnership between Hub City Press and National Book Award Winner Charles Frazier, spotlighting extraordinary fiction writers from the American South. Cold Mountain funds are primarily targeted for more substantial book advances and for book marketing.

Submissions are not available for the Cold Mountain Fund. Hub City Press chooses these titles internally.

C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize

The C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize includes $5,000 and book publication. The prize is open to emerging writers in thirteen Southern states. Submitters must currently reside in the South and must have no more than one previously published book.

Submissions: September 1 - December 30, biennially (opens 2023)
Current Judge: Kevin Wilson
Status: CLOSED (reading for 2021 winner)

New Southern Voices Poetry Book Prize

The New Southern Voices Poetry Book Prize includes $1,000 and book publication. The prize is open to emerging writers in thirteen Southern states. Submitters must currently reside in the South and must have no more than one previously published collection.
Submissions:  January 1 - April 15, biennially (opens 2023)
Current Judge: TBD
Status: CLOSED


South Carolina Novel Series

The South Carolina Novel Series publishes a novel by a resident South Carolina writer biennially. Writers are awarded $1,500 and book publication. Co-sponsored by the South Carolina Arts Commission, the South Carolina State Library and South Carolina Humanities.

Submissions:  January 1 - April 15, biennially 
Status: OPEN



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