• Submission fee applies to everyone EXCEPT current subscribers to The Main Street Rag. Current subscribers pay no reading fees for magazine submissions or book submissions while their subscriptions remain active. Only use this option if you are a subscribers.
  • Report time: 3-16 weeks (depending on genre and how busy we are)
  • Simultaneous submissions permitted as long as the author informs us immediately (through Submittable) when a piece has been accepted elsewhere.
  • Previously Published material: NO (unless solicited by magazine editor).
  • Author’s Name and PHYSICAL address must appear on submitted work. We will not read a submission without both.
  • New Submissions. Once an author’s work is accepted for publication, please wait until after it has been published to submit again.
  • Submission period: We usually read year round for the literary magazine; however, with Submittable as a submissions processor, reading periods may vary. If an item isn't active, we're not currently reading.
  • Most of our reviews are done by our staff and we prefer books be provided, but will sometimes review from PDFs. Ask first.
  • We only review books published during the current or previous calendar year.
  • Not interested in negative reviews, however, discussion of a manuscript's strengths and weaknesses might include negative aspects.
  • Title information must be included with submission along with the following: author name, publisher, publication date, ISBN, price, page count.
  • Must have an ISBN to be considered for review.

Our focus is on publishers and authors who don't get much attention from mainstream media. Since there are many of those and we like to (at least) mention as many as possible, review lengths are important and specific to genre:

  • Poetry Chapbooks (52 pages or less): up to 350 words.
  • Full-length Poetry or Short Fiction Collections: up to 600 words
  • Novels, Nonfiction : up to 800 words

The goal of reviews featured in The Main Street Rag:

Connecting author to audience. If you can't think of an audience that would enjoy reading a particular book, then we would not be interested in publishing your review. We also don't run promo material disguised as review. If you have a relationship with the author or press, we want to know what that relationship is prior to considering the review and will scrutinize the review carefully for objectivity.

Interviews are usually arranged with the managing editor ahead of time rather than submitted by freelance, but for those interested in shopping these, guidelines are below. Prior to sending interview, send query to: editor@mainstreetrag.com. Please note, we are not interested in promotional material disguised as interview.
  • Prefer interviews with those in the arts—mostly literary—but visual and performing arts will also be considered.
  • Length: 2000-2500 words
  • If it’s not someone with whom we are familiar, we’ll need to see a sample of their work. For example: a copy of a recent book, a website with their artwork.
  • We will want to run a small sampling of their work in addition to the interview itself. This does not need to be included in the submission.
  • A subject bio and headshot will eventually be needed. If the subject is a visual artist, we'll also want some pictures of their work.

$3.50
Length: up to 6000 words in a single WORD, RTF or PDF file. Author name, contact information, and physical location should appear on the electronic file.

Simultaneous submissions are permitted as long as we are informed immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Likewise, if we accept the work, we expect it to be withdraw from consideration elsewhere.

No previously published (that includes online posting).

Report time 2-3 months.

Length: up to 6000 words in a single WORD, RTF or PDF file. Author name, contact information, and physical location should appear on the electronic file.

Simultaneous submissions are permitted as long as we are informed immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Likewise, if we accept the work, we expect it to be withdraw from consideration elsewhere.

No previously published (that includes online posting).

Report time 2-3 months.

Prior to submitting, please query regarding subject to editor@mainstreetrag.com.

We will tell you whether the subject appeals to us and whether we will have space for it without the submission fee. As a note: we prefer social or political themes over How to, process pieces or literary pieces about the life of a literarian.  

Len
gth: up to 6000 words in a single WORD, RTF or PDF file. Author name, contact information, and physical location should appear on the electronic file.

Simultaneous submissions are permitted as long as we are informed immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Likewise, if we accept the work, we expect it to be withdraw from consideration elsewhere.

No previously published (that includes online posting).

Report time 2-3 months.

Prior to submitting, please query regarding subject to editor@mainstreetrag.com.

We will tell you whether the subject appeals to us and whether we will have space for it without the submission fee. As a note: we prefer social or political themes over How to, process pieces or literary pieces about the life of a literarian.  

Len
gth: up to 6000 words in a single WORD, RTF or PDF file. Author name, contact information, and physical location should appear on the electronic file.

Simultaneous submissions are permitted as long as we are informed immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Likewise, if we accept the work, we expect it to be withdraw from consideration elsewhere.

No previously published (that includes online posting).

Report time 2-3 months.

Send 3-5 poems of any length, but no more than 6 total pages of poetry together in a single WORD, RTF or PDF file. Author name, contact information, and physical location should appear on the electronic file.

Simultaneous submissions are permitted as long as we are informed immediately of acceptance elsewhere. Likewise, if we accept the work, we expect it to be withdraw from consideration elsewhere.

No previously published (that includes online posting).

Report time 3-12 weeks.

$2.50
Send 3-5 poems of any length, but no more than 6 total pages of poetry together in a single WORD, RTF or PDF file. Author name, contact information, and physical location should appear on the electronic file.

Simultaneous submissions are permitted as long as we are informed immediately of acceptance elsewhere. Likewise, if we accept the work, we expect it to be withdraw from consideration elsewhere.

No previously published (that includes online posting).

Report time 3-12 weeks.