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Every other year, the South Carolina Novel Series recognizes one of South Carolina’s exceptional writers.

Writers selected for publication in this series are awarded $1,500 and book publication, including marketing and tour support from Hub City Press and the series partners, as well as placement in all South Carolina state libraries and readings/events with presenting sponsors.

The South Carolina Novel Series is a partnership of the South Carolina Arts Commission, Hub City Press, South Carolina Humanities and the South Carolina State Library.

How the series works

The series is open to writers of all levels who have lived in South Carolina for at least one year prior to submission of their manuscript.

The next round of submissions should begin being accepted in late 2025. 

Winners of the S.C. Novel Series

  • The winner of the 2024 South Carolina Novel Series is Dan Leach for his novel, Challenger.  

    Hub City Press anticipates publication in fall of 2025.

    Dan Leach has published work in The Massachusetts Review, The Southwest Review, and The Sun. He has two collections of short fiction: Floods and Fires (University of North Georgia, 2017) and Dead Mediums (Trident, 2022). In 2023, Texas Review Press chose him for the Southern Poetry Breakthrough Award and released his collection Stray Latitudes (2024). He lives in the Lowcountry of South Carolina and teaches writing at Charleston Southern University.

    Photo by Hannah Leach.

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If you are seeking more program information, please contact Artist Development Director Tanisha N. Brown (803.734.8043 |