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 life—the 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 recognized—no 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.
PALOOKA PRESS CHAPBOOK CONTEST
(AUGUST 2, 2016)
Thanks to everyone who showed interest in the contest and magazine. Responses will be sent by the end of August. It has been a true delight reading through the manuscripts so far. Best to all of you in your current writing, editing, and reading pursuits!
-- Jonathan Starke, Editor
PALOOKA #6 OUT NOW!
THE TONTINE DRIVEWAY HOT OFF THE PRESS!
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