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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Submissions

Hub City Press publishes books of literary fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, regional nonfiction, nature, and art. 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.

If you would like us to consider your work, please send us a one-page query letter about your manuscript and 10 pages of your manuscript. Submissions are open in March/April and in September/October. At specific times we may be open to only specific genres. Please 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. 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.

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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 $10,000 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 previously published books of fiction. 

Submissions:  next submission period TBD 
Status: CLOSED


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)
Status: CLOSED
Current Judge: Gabrielle Calvocoressi


 

South Carolina Novel Prize

The South Carolina Novel Prize includes $1,000 and book publication. The prize is open to all writers in South Carolina. Co-sponsored by the South Carolina Arts Commission, the College of Charleston, the South Carolina State Library and South Carolina Humanities.

Submissions:  January 1 - March 1, biennially (opens 2022)
Status: CLOSED

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