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The Main Street Rag

About The Main Street Rag: Not for the faint of heart. Our literary magazine features some of the best writers in the small press alongside up and coming voices.

Contact Information:

PO Box 690100

Charlotte, NC  28227-7001

Phone: (704) 573-2516



Submission/Subscription Information:

Simultaneous submissions: no Email submissions: Subscribers only Reading period: varies (see website) Response time: usually 3-6 weeks Payment: copies/honorarium (see website) Contests: yes (see website) ISSN: 38857 99813 Founded: 1996 Issues per year: 4 Distributors: Magazine: Direct sale and subscription only; Books: Baker & Taylor, Parnassus Book Distributors Copy Price: $8 Subscription 1 year: $24

Publisher’s Description: The Main Street Rag is an independent small press literary magazine that features poetry, short fiction, essays, photography, reviews and interviews. It is produced by the Main Street Rag Publishing Company which also publishes books and produces projects for other small press publishers. Because we own the production equipment, we have greater control over quality and costs.

Our magazine is eclectic, but we favor edgy material for poetry and fiction—even in the humor we publish. Essays we feature are more often sociopolitical commentary as opposed to the how to of writing. Over the years we’ve interviewed such people as Gwendolyn Brooks, Anthony Bukoski, Rita Dove, Joy Harjo, Yusef Komunyakaa, & David Slavitt. Our Spring issue usually features the MSR Poetry Book Award winner.

Each year we sponsor both a Chapbook Contest and a full-length poetry book contest. From these we will select as many as 25 books for publication during the following year. Most of the titles selected for publication under the Main Street Rag label are juried in this manner.

Additional information is available on our website and all Main Street Rag titles and back issues can be purchased through our Online Bookstore.

Recent issues:

The Summer 2014 issue features an interview with Malaika King Albrecht; fiction by Chris Abate, David Jordan, and Cassie Trest; and poetry by Albrecht, Glen Armstrong, Peggy Aylsworth, James Babbs, Scott Blackwell, Dwight I. Brinkley, Elinor Cramer, James Deahl, Darren C. Demaree, George Drew, Sally Elesby, Mackenzie Farrell, Rochelle Germond, Erica Goss, Sonia Greenfield, Carol Hamilton, Jacqueline Jules, Mike Jurkovic, Erren Kelly, Dorian Kotsiopoulos, Scott Laudati, Vicki Mandell-King, Harry Moore, Stanley Morris Noah, J. Alan Nelson, Walter Peterson, Jeff Saperstein, Cecil Sayre, Philip St. Clair, Richard Allen Taylor, Meghan Tutolo, Elizabeth Tornes, Alice Toporoff Wallace, and Libby Swope Wiersema.

Winter 2014 - For those who prefer fiction and nonfiction, this first issue of 2014 is loaded with goodies including stories by Thomas E. Kennedy and our featured interview with Audrey Colombe along with her story, “Burning Down the School House,” about her experiences training and working as a volunteer firefighter in Oregon. Other featured writers include Sally Whitney, Tom Papain, Nancy Young, Jennifer Jackson Berry, Chris Bullard, Martha Christina, Llyn Clague, Joan Colby, Steve Cushman, David Denny, Gary Every, Rina Ferrarelli, Ricky Garni, John Gosslee, Rod Farmer, Connie Jordan Green, Glenn Halak, David James, Paul Lamar, Sean Lyon, Jamie L. McGraw, and more.

Fall 2013 - In this issue, Beth Browne interviews Brian Walter Budzynski. Pluse, poetry by Josh Barker, Bob Brooks, Alan Catlin, David Chorlton, Lynn Ciesielski, Ann Curran, Ken DiMaggio, Deborah H. Doolittle, Frederick Foote, Sam Howie, Hank Kalet, Rayon Lennon, David T. Manning, Sean McPherson, Carolyn Gelland, Joe Mills, Garth Pavell, Michael Lee Phillips, Robert Schuler, Thomas Piekarski, Robert William Russell, Charles Portolano, Mark Steudel, Walter Rentschler, Oliver Rice, Rob Schultz, Susan Sklan, Mary McLaughlin Slechta, Derek JG Williams, Barry Spacks, Susan Supley, Cody Todd, Eric Weil, J.T. Whitehead, Jesse Wide, and Fred Zydek.


last updated 08/11/2014