There are presently no open calls for submissions.

***We are currently NOT considering new submissions and will be on a reading hiatus for a while. Those who submitted prior to 7/25/15 are still under consideration for publication in the magazine. Submissions will open again in December. Thank you!

What We're Interested In:

We're very open to all kinds of work. Feel free to send your best fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic stories and essays, comic strips, cover art, and photography.

Simultaneous Submissions:

We hope you're pursuing simultaneous submissions, but please withdraw your piece as soon as possible if accepted by another magazine. If this is the case, we offer you a sturdy e-handshake and congratulations!

Multiple Submissions:

No problem. Send all you like.


We offer all contributors a complimentary copy and several discounted copies of the issue in which their work appears, as well as publicity and promotion through our Facebook page (which currently has over 2,000 followers), a place in the contributors' section of your issue, and the undying support of your hard-working editor!

Response Time:

Response time is currently a few days to a few weeks (but if it happens to take longer, it's probably a busy time for us). As a writer and submitter, I understand how difficult it can be to wait for a decision on a submission. Palooka believes in having a fast turnaround, while still taking great pride in reading every word and giving each piece its due attention and thorough consideration. -- Jonathan Starke, Editor


These are read after the piece or pieces are evaluated and have no impact on publication. While schooling and publications are interesting, truths about yourself and your life are much more interesting.

Past Contributors:

We are only looking for work by authors and artists who have not published with us yet.