About Us

Since 1997


Covid-19 Update (March 5, 2022)

This is an update for authors, readers, and book buyers in regard to Main Street Rag operations as a result of the pandemic.


Because most of our editors have always operated remotely, all submissions for the magazine, for general manuscript consideration, and for contest entry will continue per our regular schedule.

Book Production:

On January 14, 2022, the owner/operator at our primary production house was hospitalized for Covid-related pneumonia. It has affected our release schedule for the first quarter of 2022 and possibly longer because the other production houses we deal with are having supply issues. We hope to get back on schedule by the end of May, 2022, but we cannot say that with certainty at this time.

Book Orders:

Books that are currently in stock–which applies to most of our titles–will continue to ship within the next three days. Advance Sales on titles that were due to release in the first and second quarters of 2022 will be delayed. How long, we can’t say at this time.

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


Any questions or concerns regarding these or any other matters need to be sent to:  editor@mainstreetrag.com



Main Street Rag Publishing Company has been publishing our print magazine, The Main Street Rag, uninterrupted since 1996. Among its features are poetry, short fiction, photography, essays, interviews, reviews, and commentary. Subscription information is available on the Submissions page and can be placed online at: Subscriptions. Current and back issue information–including who appears in each issue–can now be found at The MSR Online Bookstore on the back and current issues page. Our magazine is financed through subscriptions, direct sales and shelf sales. We receive no money in the form of grants or public funds. Reader support is important and necessary.

Main Street Rag Publishing Company publishes books under the following labels:

Main Street Rag (poetry)
Mint Hill Books (fiction)
Pure Heart Press (self-publishing)

All of our books are available through the Main Street Rag Online Bookstore where readers/buyers can search by genre, title, and author name. All sales from the Main Street Rag Online Bookstore are conveniently and securely processed by PayPal.

Those seeking book publication can find several pages on the informational side of our website, www.MainStreetRag.com, which describe what we publish, how we select it and when we are open for submissions.

Links to Submission Guidelines

Book Publishing

The Main Street Rag Poetry Award is an annual full-length poetry book contest sponsored by Main Street Rag and one of the ways we select the poetry manuscripts we publish. Details are available on the Contest page.

We hope you enjoy your visit to Main Street Rag. Even more, we hope you like what you see enough to subscribe to our literary magazine or sample a copy of one of our many books. There is nothing like the smell and feel of paper pulp.


M. Scott Douglass
Publisher/Managing Editor
Main Street Rag


Main Street Rag, PO BOX 690100, Charlotte, NC 28227-7001

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