$10.00 USD

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.