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The Main Street Rag

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  • About this Magazine:

    The Main Street Rag is an independent literary magazine. Our support comes from subscribers, contributors, and readers. Are we a little rough around the edges? Depends on the stodginess of your perspective. We’re not seeking perfection, but freedom of expression. Send us your best. The rest will sort itself out.

  • Contact Information:

  • Organization (if applicable):
  • Address 1: 4416 Shea Lane
  • City: Mint Hill
  • State Code: NC
  • Postal Code: 28227
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Submission/Subscription Information:

  • Format: Print
  • Genres: Fiction, Interviews, Nonfiction, Photography, Poetry, Reviews
  • Copy Price: $9
  • Simultaneous Submissions: yes
  • Postal Submissions: no
  • Email Submissions: no
  • Online Submissions: yes (see Submittable)
  • Subscription (individuals): $28/year
  • Reading Period: year-round
  • Response Time: usually under 3 months
  • Payment: copies/honorarium (see website)
  • Contests: yes (see website)
  • ISSN: 38857-99813
  • Founded: 1996
  • Issues Per Year: 4

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.

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, and David Slavitt.

Each issue includes an interview with a featured artist, usually a literary artist, but we have also interviewed photographers, visual artists, and musicians.

Additional information regarding our magazine and Main Street Rag titles are available on our website. Back issues of the literary magazine and books published on one of the Main Street Rag labels can be purchased through the Main Street Rag Online Bookstore.

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