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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.
PO Box 690100
Charlotte, NC 28227-7001
Phone: (704) 573-2516
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.
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.
Summer 2013 - This issue features an interview, “Bryce Lankard: Art Unhinged,” by Lynda C. Ward; fiction by Laura Palomba, Simone Martel, Lockie Hunter, and Eric Rawson; and poetry by Maggie Ammerman, Kaye Bartholomew, Judith Behar, Roy Bentley, Jesse Breite, Daniel Carpenter, Patricia Caspers-Ross, Bill Christophersen, Darren C. Demaree, Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow, Kenneth Frost, Sean Ackerman, Timothy Geiger, and more.
Spring 2013 - This issue includes a featured interview, “Jonathan Johnson, Voice of the Upper Peninsula,” by Ron Riekki. Also included in the issue is fiction by Ed Davis and Sean Jackson, an essay by Sue Farlow, and poetry by Jonathan Johnson, Jeffrey C. Alfier, Diana Anhalt, Donna Belchar, Kevin Brown, Christina Clark, Cathryn Cofell, Noel Conneely, Robert Cooperman, Peg Bresnahan, Steve Cushman, Mike Faran, Joel Ferdon, Allan Garry, Clifford Paul Fetters, Gerald George, Elton Glaser, William Greenway, Cleo Griffith, Herb Guggenheim, Patricia L. Hamilton, Jonathan Harrington, Rich Heller, Ann Howells, Victoria Kelly, Gary Metheny, Kyle Laws, and many more.
last updated 11/11/13