South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Novel Series

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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.

2022 submissions now open!

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2022 cycle. Continue reading for more information.

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.  Submissions for the series opened Jan. 1, 2022 and will close April 15, 2022 and will require no submission fee.

  • The winner of the 2020 South Carolina Novel Prize is Maris Lawyer for her manuscript The Blue Line Down.  

    Lawyer’s winning manuscript was published in 2021 by Hub City Press.

    Maris Lawyer grew up in Oconee County and hasn’t strayed far since. Graduating with a degree in creative writing from Anderson University in 2017, she then moved into a tiny apartment in Greenville with her husband, where she spent her evenings hunched over a laptop writing stories. Maris and her husband (and two cats) are now homeowners in Easley, where she still catches a glimpse of the Blue Ridge Mountains every day.