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.
Looking for an experienced editor to critique your manuscript or dig into your novel? How about strengthen your prose or tighten your poetry? Need advice on cover letters and literary magazine submissions? Jonathan Starke is the founding editor of Palooka and has been editing manuscripts and happily coaching writers for twelve years. Any genre. Any form. He'd be happy to help you achieve the full breadth of your talents HERE.
ADINA SCHOEM WINS THE 2016 PALOOKA PRESS CHAPBOOK CONTEST!
Adina Schoem grew up in Michigan and received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her poems have appeared in Pudding Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, Lumina, and Finery (Birds of Lace Press), among others. Her summer spent living and working on a goat farm near Lake Michigan informed many of the poems in Cryptographs in a field of goats, her prize-winning collection. After cheesemongering for several years, she is now a bread baker on another Great Lake, in Cleveland Heights, OH.
PALOOKA #6 OUT NOW!
THE TONTINE DRIVEWAY
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