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Palooka is an international nonprofit literary magazine and has published writers, artists, and photographers from the United States, Canada, India, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Spain, Israel, Finland, and Austria. We publish unique fiction, poetry, nonfiction, artwork, photography, graphic narratives, comic strips, and offer print and electronic versions of the magazine. 

I have always understood the struggles of the writing lifethe driving artist, aspiring toward publication. To get your work out there, really looked at, truly noticed, takes so much heart and effort and patience and resilience. I decided some years ago that I wanted to create a space for people taking on the struggle, a venue to give those writers and artists a truly fair shot at publication and the chance to be seen, read, and recognizedno connections, no solicitations, and only blind reading. Here, the quality of work is all that matters, not who you know or where you come from or what you've already accomplished. A fair chance and an open hand for everyone—the underdogs, the in-betweeners, and the already established.

Jonathan Starke
Founding Editor



PALOOKA #6 OUT NOW!

Purchase your copy of the newly released Palooka #6!



PALOOKA PRESS CHAPBOOK CONTEST IS BACK!

Send roughly 35-50 pages of your best fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic narrative, or a mix of genres. $10 entry (comes with a complimentary issue of Palooka). The winner earns publication by Palooka Press (a professionally made perfect-bound book with a glossy color cover), receives a $200 honorarium, 20 free copies, a bio and photo on the website, and whole-hearted promotion.

Full guidelines HERE.

Palooka is also OPEN for regular submissions. Happy submitting!



THE TONTINE DRIVEWAY HOT OFF THE PRESS!

JL Schneider's marvelous and thoughtful chapbook, winner of the Palooka Press Chapbook Contest, is now available in print and electronic formats! Purchase here.



FEATURED PALOOKA: BEN WILKINS (ISSUE 6)

BEN WILKINS writes and makes comic-things over at orangehatcomics.com. Why Orange Hat, you probably don’t ask? Well, back in the day, Ben never went anywhere without his orange hat. It was his favorite hat of all. Then, suddenly, in a tragic accident at the local radioactive waste plant, his hat fused to his skull and became sentient. At first it was pretty great to have a talking hat, but now it just will not shut up. How much could a hat have to say, really? More than you’d think.



FEATURED WORK: POEMS BY DAVID DENNY

Click HERE for David's excellent poems from the newly released Palooka #6!