Our Interests:

We're open to many voices, forms, and styles. Please send your best unpublished chapbooks, fiction, poetry, nonfiction, artwork, photography, graphic narratives, and comic strips.

Simultaneous Submissions:

We hope you're pursuing simultaneous submissions. Please withdraw your piece if accepted elsewhere. If this is the case, we offer you a big congratulations!

Multiple Submissions:

No problem. Send all you like.

Payment:

Contributors receive a free copy and unlimited discounted copies of their issue, a bio and photo in the magazine, and the support of a caring and hardworking editor!

Response Time:

Currently: a few weeks. Palooka believes in having a fast turnaround while still taking great pride in giving each piece thorough consideration.

Past Contributors:

We're only looking for work by authors and artists who haven't yet published with us.

We can only ship within the United States. Please include in the cover letter 1: the correct mailing address (print) or email address (digital) for delivery and 2: which issue or issues you'd like to receive.

PRINT: Issues 8, 9, and 10 are available. 

DIGITAL: All issues are available.

We take great pride in reading every word and giving each manuscript its due attention. We consider manuscripts of all styles and genres and aren't looking for a particular aesthetic. We'll give anything a fair chance. Please send your best fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, graphic narrative, or hybrid work.

If Chosen for Publication:      

  • A perfect-bound book with a glossy or matte color cover
  • An honorarium
  • 20 free copies of the book
  • Your own bio/photo page featured on our website  

Page Count: 25-100 pages, roughly.

Bio Section: Identify the manuscript as fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, graphic, or hybrid.

Bonus: The submission comes with a digital copy of Palooka or a chapbook. See cover letter form.

Amount: One short story, novel excerpt, or up to three flash pieces (combine the flash pieces into one document).

Word Count: Up to 10,000 words.

Amount: Up to five poems (combine into one document)

Amount: One essay, a nonfiction book excerpt, or up to three flash essays (combine the flash essays into one document).

Word Count: Up to 10,000 words.

 Amount: One graphic narrative, up to three flash graphic narratives, or five comic strips. Black-and-white pieces preferred. Please include your website address (if applicable) with your bio.
 

Amount: Up to ten pieces -- paintings, sketches, drawings, collage, mixed-media, etc. Black-and-white pieces are considered for publication within the pages, color pieces are considered for the cover. Please include your website address (if applicable) with your bio.

Amount: Up to ten photographs. Black-and-white photographs are considered for publication within the pages, color photographs are considered for the cover. Please include your website address (if applicable) with your bio.

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