Palooka Press


2018: Joe Amaral -- The Street Medic
2017: Charles Jensen -- Story Problems
2016: Adina Schoem -- Cryptographs in a field of goats 
2015: JL Schneider -- The Tontine Driveway
2014: Sarah Grieve -- Honey My Tongue
2013: Philip Raisor -- Hoosiers: The Poems


The press was founded to offer a publishing opportunity for writers seeking a home for shorter manuscripts. 


We take great pride in reading every word and giving each manuscript its due attention. We consider manuscripts of all styles and genres and aren't looking for a particular aesthetic. We're willing to give anything a fair chance. Please send your best fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic narrative, or hybrid work. Manuscripts should be roughly 30-50 pages, but we're flexible. The $10 entry fee comes with an electronic issue of Palooka


       *Publication by Palooka Press (a perfect-bound book with a glossy color cover)
       *$200 honorarium
       *20 free copies of the book
       *A bio and photo featured on our website 
       *Chapbook will be sent out for review and promotion

DEADLINE: May 15, 2019

All submissions are read "blind" to ensure pure contest ethics. The contest judge is Jonathan Starke, the founding editor of Palooka. Jonathan has published essays, stories, poetry, and plays in The Sun, Missouri Review, Threepenny Review, North American Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Greensboro Review, Gettysburg Review, Brevity, River Teeth, and Fourth Genre, among others.


*Amount: Multiple submissions are permitted.
*Page count: 30-50 pages, roughly, but we're open to more or less.
*Formatting: No author information on the manuscript. 
*Bio section: Please identify the manuscript as fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic narrative, or hybrid.
*Simultaneous submissions: Encouraged. Please withdraw your manuscript if accepted elsewhere. 
*It's OK if some of the work has been previously published; proper citations will be made.



For questions, please e-mail the editor at palooka [at] protonmail [dot] com. We also offer a financial-hardship submission if you’re unable to afford the entry fee.