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 (June 8, 2021)

While we’re not willing to concede there is no danger, the virus has been defeated, we are comfortable enough with the country’s vaccination progress to proceed as usual. What does that mean


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. We are currently considering poetry for our magazine and fiction/creative nonfiction book length manuscripts. The deadline for submission is June 14, 2021. As always, poetry book and chapbook submissions are open year-round. Fiction/creative nonfiction submissions for the magazine will open again in September.

Book Production:

As it turned out, the pandemic had only a minor effect on our production schedule. We have no new titles scheduled for release until September, 2021.

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, but buyers of books already in print will receive a notification when it has been packed and that notification will include a tracking number.


Main Street Rag has started cutting back on the number of different titles we publish annually. To that end, we do not plan new book releases for the summer (June 1 through September 1). Our annual production target moving forward will be 60 titles and their release dates will fall between January 1 and June 1, September 1 through November 30.

Summer Vacation

June 14, 2021, Main Street Rag will be on pause for summer travel. 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 and there will be some issues we will not be able to resolve while gone.
3) We may not be able to restock author orders until September.
4) The Bookstore will still 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.

Our full schedule will not resume until September 7, but we will be “in the neighborhood” for most of August.


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.