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
ABOUT PALOOKA PRESS
The press was founded to offer writers 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, drama, 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.
THE WINNER RECEIVES...
*Publication by Palooka Press (a perfect-bound book with a glossy or matte color cover)
*20 free copies of the book
*A bio and photo featured on our website
DEADLINE: CLOSED. Will reopen October 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, Gettysburg Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Greensboro Review, North American Review, Fourth Genre, Brevity, and River Teeth, 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: Identify the manuscript as fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, graphic, or hybrid.
*Simultaneous submissions: Encouraged. Please withdraw if accepted elsewhere.
*It's okay 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.