This is the information side of our website. The format is meant to mirror the design of the MSR Online Bookstore.

Above you will find headers for the different categories. Some have drop downs that link to specific information about that subject.
For those looking for submission guidelines, everything we publish now has a separate page of streamlined guidelines. Writers are invited to explore the different categories for opportunities or sign up for notification of updates to the MSR Bulletin Board–which is one of the places where we list current needs and upcoming deadlines.

There is also a link to The MSR Online Bookstore where all Main Street Rag, Mint Hill Books, and Pure Heart Press titles are available along with those of associated publishers.

Covid-19 Update (March 5, 2022)


Because most of our contributing editors have always operated remotely, all submissions for the magazine, for general manuscript consideration, and for contest entry will continue as usual. As always, poetry, fiction, non-fiction for the magazine are open year-round as are poetry book and chapbook submissions. Book manuscript submissions for Fiction/creative nonfiction, short stories, novels and novellas–as always–are only read seasonally and will open again on May 1, closing on June 15.

Book Production:

Early on, the pandemic had only a minor effect on our production schedule. In January, 2022, our primary production vendor closed due to Covid-related issues. This has caused some delays in our schedule that we are working through and hope to be caught up by July, 2022.

Book Orders:

Advance Sale orders are usually shipped a week after the author receives his/her copies. Please note: Advance Sales all ship at the same time, but they may not arrive at the same time since the US Post Service sets its own priorities over which we have no control. We do our best to get these to their destination as swiftly and efficiently as possible. If you placed an Advance Discount order and did not receive it (while others have), be smart: don’t contact the author. The author is not responsible for shipping your order and is unable to do anything other than pass your complaint to MSR at which time the author will be informed that MSR–like Amazon–does not respond to third party claims. Claims must come from the buyer by contacting Main Street Rag by email at editor@mainstreetrag.com. All claims must be made in writing (email). We do not do them over the phone.

As for DAILY online orders, since we have changed our shipping process here, we are able to ship every day through the US Post Office and UPS; however, we do not always ship every day. Buyers of books already in print will receive a notification when a shipping label for the order has been made. This does not mean the book has already been shipped, just that we are in the process of packing. The notification will include a tracking number which buyers can click on to follow the progress. We don’t usually make labels more than 3 days prior to shipping, but the world does have weekends.

BOOKSTORE ORDERS: We do not take phone orders. All orders must be made in writing. Email is the most efficient way: editor@mainstreetrag.com


Main Street Rag has started cutting back on the number of different titles we publish annually. To that end, we plan to minimize summer book releases (July 1 through September 1). Our annual production target moving forward will be 60 titles and their release dates will fall between January 1 and July 1, September 1 through November 30.

Summer Hours

June 1-September 1, Main Street Rag will be on Summer Hours. Here’s how it will affect operations:

1) No phone calls will be answered–not that we answered the phone often anyway.
2) We will still check and answer email, but not as frequently. We appreciate your patience.
3) The Bookstore will be OPEN for Advance Sales, and books already in print which will ship normally, usually within 24 hours. If there is an issue that prevents timely shipping, the buyer will be informed.


Main Street Rag Publishing Company is an American independent press that values and respects individuals’ rights in regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious persuasion, and/or immigration status and while we believe in everyone’s First Amendment Right to freedom of speech, we also believe that we have the right to screen our site and our publications of language and material we find offensive. Specifically, we disavow racism, xenophobia, homophobia, sexism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, classism, ableism, and hate speech or actions that attempt to silence, threaten, and/or degrade others.