About Hub City Press
Hub City Press is a non-profit independent press in Spartanburg, SC that publishes well-crafted, high-quality works by new and established authors, with an emphasis on the Southern experience. We are committed to high-caliber novels, short stories, poetry, plays, memoir, and works emphasizing regional culture and history. We are particularly interested in books with a strong sense of place.
Hub City Press publishes five to eight books a year, and our titles are distributed nationally by John F. Blair Co. in Winston-Salem, NC. We are funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the South Carolina Arts Commission, and hundreds of donors across South Carolina. We are the publisher of the biennial South Carolina First Novel Competition, and in 2013 we will introduce the New Southern Voices poetry book prize, whose inaugural judge is poet D.A. Powell.
Since 1995 we have published more than 55 books, including works by Ron Rash, George Singleton, Marjory Wentworth, John Lane, Elizabeth Cox, Philip Gerard, Rosa Shand, Jon Tuttle, and Cathy Smith Bowers. Our books have been edited or judged by The Atlantic’s C. Michael Curtis, The Southern Review’s Bret Lott, Emmy-winner Kwame Dawes, and the University of Southern California’s Percival Everett. Others who have contributed work to Hub City books are: Josephine Humphreys, Fred Chappell, Janette Turner Hospital, Dori Sanders, singer/songwriter Marshall Chapman, and Southern historian David Carlton.
Our 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. A 15-member editorial advisory committee, made up of writers and editors in the Spartanburg area, reviews manuscript proposals year-round. 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, Hub City Christmas, 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 Literary Dogs & Their South Carolina Writers.
Hub City occupies an important niche in the publishing world, offering a small but vigorous voice in the landscape of new literature.