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Palooka is an international nonprofit literary magazine and has published writers, artists, and photographers from the United States, Canada, Australia, 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 PRESS CHAPBOOK CONTEST OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS!

$200 to the winner + 20 free copies.
Fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic, or hybrid.
Full details HERE!



JOE AMARAL'S THE STREET MEDIC HAS ARRIVED!

Purchase a copy of Joe Amaral's deep, visceral, and often heartbreaking award-winning chapbook HERE.

Joe Amaral was born and raised in the East Bay Area. He now works 48-hour shifts as a paramedic on the California central coast, spending days off spelunking outdoors with his young family, camping, hiking, world traveling, and hosting foreign-exchange students. His writing has appeared in awesome places like 3Elements Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, New Verse News, Panoply, Poets Reading the News, Postcard Poems and Prose, Rise Up Review, Tuck Magazine, and Writers of the Portuguese Diaspora. Joe won the 2014 Ingrid Reti Literary Award for his poem “The Farm I’m From.”



PALOOKA #9

Coming late November! Check out some samples HERE.



FEATURED PALOOKA: DEANNA HERSHISER (ISSUE 9)

Deanna Hershiser lives in Eugene, Oregon, with her husband and an orange, elderly cat. She works, whenever she’s needed, in a basement bookstore called Windows. Both of her grown children listen patiently to her essays-in-progress. Her writing has been published in such places as Rosebud, Runner’s World, the anthology Saying Goodbye, and the Ruminate Magazine blog. She blogs at storieshappen.blogspot.com and often wanders beside the Willamette River taking pictures.



FEATURED WORK: GRAPHIC FICTION BY JASON HART (ISSUE 9)

Click HERE for Jason's excellent graphic work from Palooka #9!

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