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Hub City Press Unagented Query Nonfiction Submissions (Deadline: April 15 or October 15)

Hub City Press is open for unagented query submissions for nonfiction from April 1-15 and October 1-15.

Hub City Press is a small press, publishing eight to ten titles per year including books of literary fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, regional nonfiction, nature, and art. Focused on finding and spotlighting extraordinary new and unsung writers from the American South, Hub City Press’s curated list champions authors who represent the many people of this region and books that don’t fit neatly into the commercial or academic publishing landscape.

In general, Hub City Press’s publication schedule operates at least 12-18 months in advance of release.

When submitting your query, please have ready:

  • A one-page query letter about your novel, including: the title, genre, length, description of the work, author background and publication history, any credentials that particularly qualify you to write your book (if you have access to special markets or promotional opportunities for your book, include information about them as well), and;
  • Your full manuscript (.doc and .docx preferred). Please note incomplete manuscripts will be automatically rejected.
  • Your biographical information and a list of writers you know who might be willing to support your book.

Hub City Press is looking for:

Well-crafted literary works by new and established authors with an emphasis on the Southern experience and a strong sense of place. The team expects to read completed manuscripts and rarely accepts unfinished work.

Hub City Press is committed to publishing and supporting lesser-heard Southern voices, including Black and Indigenous people, queer and trans people, immigrants, people with disabilities, as well as people from ethnic, cultural, and religious groups who have been oppressed and underrepresented by the publishing industry.

Hub City Press publishes writers living in or from the South. 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, the Hub City Press team is not 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.

Hub City Press is NOT looking for:

Submissions in the following categories: books for young people (YA, middle grade, or children’s), romance, science fiction, mystery, how-to books, horror/paranormal or specific-religion inspirational books. Please do not send a query if your book has already been self-published, even only as an eBook.

Hub City Press can no longer accept queries for poetry collections or short story collections during the open submission period. Please wait to submit in these genres through the New Southern Voices Poetry Prize (open every other spring [2024, 2026…]) and C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize (open every other fall [2023, 2025…]). If you are a South Carolina fiction writer, consider submitting your novel to the South Carolina Novel Prize (open every other spring via the South Carolina Arts Commission).

What to expect from us once you have submitted:

Due to the size of the Hub City Press staff and the volume of queries they receive, the team is unable to respond to every query but will be in touch with you if they have interest in your work. If you have not heard back within six months of your query or your manuscript submission (if requested), assume your manuscript was not a good fit.

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