Palooka Press


2019: Frank Morris -- Ride of the Silver Rank
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 writers and artists a home for shorter manuscripts. Along with the annual Palooka Press Chapbook Contest, the press also offers year-round consideration of chapbooks in an open-submission format.


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 25-100 pages, roughly. The submission comes with a digital copy of Palooka.


       *Publication by Palooka Press (a perfect-bound book with a glossy or matte color cover)
       *$200 honorarium
       *20 free copies of the book
       *Your own bio/photo page 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's novel, You've Got Something Coming, was the winner of the Black Heron Press Award for Social Fiction and is forthcoming in 2020. His essays, stories, poetry, and plays have appeared in dozens of literary magazines worldwide including The Sun, Missouri Review, Gettysburg Review, Threepenny Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Greensboro Review, and North American Review.


*Amount: Multiple submissions are permitted.
*Page count: 25-100 pages (flexible)
*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 email the editor at palooka [at] protonmail [dot] com. We also offer a financial-hardship submission if you’re unable to afford the entry fee.