About Palooka Press
The press was founded in 2012 to offer a publishing opportunity for writers seeking a home for shorter manuscripts.
How It Works
As always, we take great pride in reading every word and giving each manuscript its due attention and thorough consideration. We consider manuscripts of all types, styles, and genres and aren’t looking for a particular aesthetic; we’re wiling to give anything a fair chance. Please send your best fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic narrative, or hybrid. Manuscripts should be roughly 35-50 pages, but we’re flexible with this in either direction. There is a $10 entry fee that comes with an electronic issue of Palooka. All pieces within entries are also considered for publication in the magazine.
The Winner Receives…
*Publication by Palooka Press (a professionally made perfect-bound book with a glossy color cover)
*20 free copies of the book
*A bio and photo featured on our website
*Chapbook will be sent out for review and promotion
All submissions will be read “blind” to ensure pure contest ethics. Palooka also prohibits submissions from any friends or family of the judge. The judge for the contest is Jonathan Starke, the founding editor of Palooka. Jonathan has published essays, stories, plays, and poetry in The Sun, Missouri Review, Threepenny Review, North American Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Greensboro Review, Shenandoah, Gulf Coast, Brevity, River Teeth, Fourth Genre, Post Road, Passages North, and Third Coast, among others.
*Amount: Multiple submissions are permitted, but each submission must be accompanied by the proper entry fee and submitted to the proper Submittable category.
*Page count: 35-50 pages, roughly, but we’re open to more or less.
*Formatting: No author information anywhere on the manuscript. Please put author information only in the Cover Letter/Bio section when submitting. 12-point font, one-inch margins, double-spaced (for prose).
*Entry fee: $10 (comes with an electronic issue of Palooka)
*Cover Letter/Bio section should include: manuscript title, page count, author’s name, phone number, and e-mail address.
*Simultaneous submissions are encouraged as long as you withdraw your manuscript if accepted elsewhere. As always, we will offer you a sturdy e-handshake for your accomplishment.
*It is perfectly fine if some of the works have been published elsewhere as the proper permission from other magazines/journals will be requested and cited on an acknowledgements page.
For questions, please e-mail the editor at palooka [at] protonmail.com
How to enter: https://palookamag.submittable.com/submit