Our Interests:

We have eclectic tastes and are open to many voices, forms, and styles. Please send your best unpublished fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic narratives, comic strips, artwork, and photography.

Simultaneous Submissions:

We hope you're pursuing simultaneous submissions, but 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.


We offer all contributors a complimentary copy and discounted copies of their issue, a bio and photo in the contributors' section, and the support of a caring and hardworking editor!

Response Time:

Currently: a few days. Palooka believes in having a fast turnaround while still taking great pride in reading every word and giving each piece thorough consideration.

Past Contributors:

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

About Palooka Press

The press was founded to offer an opportunity to writers seeking a home for shorter manuscripts.

How It Works

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. Manuscripts should be roughly 30-50 pages, but we're flexible. The $10 entry fee comes with an electronic issue of Palooka.

The Winner Receives...

         *Publication by Palooka Press (a perfect-bound book with a glossy or matte color cover)

         *$200 honorarium 

         *20 free copies of the book 

         *A bio and photo featured on our website

Deadline: May 15, 2019


All submissions are read "blind" to ensure pure contest ethics. The contest judge is Jonathan Starke, the founding editor of Palooka. Jonathan has published essays, stories, poetry, and plays in The Sun, Missouri Review, Threepenny Review, North American Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Greensboro Review, Gettysburg Review, Brevity, River Teeth, and Fourth Genre, among others. 


         *Amount: Multiple submissions are permitted.

         *Page count: 30-50 pages, roughly, but we're open to more or less.

         *Formatting: No author information on the manuscript

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

         *Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. Please withdraw if accepted elsewhere.  

         *It's okay if some of the work has been previously published; proper citations will be made.


For questions, please e-mail the editor at palooka [at] protonmail [dot] com. We also offer a financial-hardship submission if you’re unable to afford the entry fee.

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. You can also include your website address with your bio.

 Amount: Up to 10 pieces -- painting, sketches, drawings, collage, mixed-media, etc. You can also include your website address with your bio.

Amount: Up to 10 photographs. You can also include your website address with your bio.