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 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
Thanks so much to everyone who submitted to, supported, or showed interest in the contest! Responses will be sent in early-to-mid June. I look forward to reading all of your words! -- Jonathan Starke, Editor
PALOOKA #8 OUT NOW!
Purchase your print or electronic copy here!
CHARLES JENSEN'S STORY PROBLEMS OUT NOW!
Pick up your copy of the award-winning chapbook here!
ALL PALOOKA PRESS CHAPBOOKS AVAILABLE IN PRINT
Purchase a copy of any of the Palooka Press Chapbook Contest winners here!
FEATURED PALOOKA: MICHAEL SMILOVITCH (ISSUE 8)
Michael Smilovitch works in neuroscience, a field he finds to have many underappreciated poetic qualities. Nonetheless, he will be taking some time off in 2017 to focus on writing. He spends his extra time singing and shouting in the vaguely progressive metal band, Bird Problems. They perform around Montreal from time to time and have a new album,TAR, out HERE. He is also quite fond of soup.
FEATURED WORK: ARTWORK BY ROBBIN BATES (ISSUE 8)
Click HERE for Robbin's excellent artwork from Palooka #8!