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 (February, 2021)

We adopted some new business practices during 2020 as a result of the pandemic. Some have carried over, some have changed. Below are highlighted areas for authors and readers in regard to Main Street Rag operations moving forward. We do not anticipate any additional changes in the near future, but if there are, they will be posted here first.


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.

Book Production:

Because vendor personnel and operations are a factor in production, some of the titles we have listed for upcoming release may move out at a slightly slower pace. We appreciate your patience.

Book Orders:

Advance Sale orders are usually shipped a week after the author’s copies. Please note: They are all shipped 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.

As for DAILY online orders, since we have changed our shipping process here, we are able to ship every day with limited exposure at the Post Office and UPS; however we still usually ship every other day except for priority and expedited orders. Priority and expedited orders must be arranged by email so they can be billed ahead of shipping (editor@mainstreetrag.com).


Main Street Rag has started cutting back on the number of different titles we publish annually. For a number of years, we produced in excess of 200 titles–both for us and other publishers. Since we no longer own the production equipment and POD houses have eaten up a lot of the contract work we once did, we can now afford to produce less and focus more on those titles we do publish. We will still contract design work upon request for anyone and produce books for our long-time clients, but we are not interested in taking on new publishers or self-publishing projects.

Annual production target moving forward will be 60 titles. Release dates will fall between January 1 and June 1, September 1 through November 30.


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.