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Since 1997


Covid-19 Update

This is an update for authors and readers in regard to Main Street Rag operations during 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:

Because vendor personnel and operations are a factor in production, some of the titles we have listed for upcoming release—particularly those scheduled for April and May 2020—will need to be slowed for release. Part of this has to do with limiting our exposure at the US Post Office.

This will also affect the release date for the upcoming issue of The Main Street Rag (Spring 2020). Instead of the second week of April, it is more likely to ship the last week of April or first week of May.

Book Orders:

Advance Sales for those titles that are released at this time will be shipped a week after the authors’ copies—per usual.
As for day-to-day online orders, we will limit our exposure at the Post Office and UPS by holding orders and only shipping once or twice a week.

Design Work:

Probably the one area that will benefit from having me (owner/publisher/floor sweep M. Scott Douglass) locked up at my home office will be design work. Mostly because there’s little else I can do without incurring someone’s wrath. As a result, I will try to get ahead on designs for the rest of the year. This does not mean 2020 books will be released early, only that they will be ready for release and we can resume a more regular schedule once the crisis passes.

We appreciate everyone’s concern, support, and patience during these times and want to assure everyone that the measures we are taking now will help us come out the other side of this historic event even stronger.



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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