Jonathan STarke

artful editor

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Jonathan Starke is a professional writer and editor, and has edited several bestselling novels. Jonathan’s novel, You’ve Got Something Coming, was the recipient of the Black Heron Press Award for Social Fiction and is forthcoming in 2020. His numerous short stories and essays have been published in The Sun, Missouri Review, Threepenny Review, and North American Review, among others. He is also the founding editor and publisher of Palooka, a small press that publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from around the world. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Colorado State University and a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa. Jonathan used to body-build, box, and vagabond travel; and pro wrestling is still his guilty pleasure after twenty-five years. He's currently based in Philadelphia.


  • manuscript critique

  • developmental editing

  • line editing

  • copyediting

  • agent query review


short stories, literary fiction, mystery & suspense, contemporary realism, thriller & crime, horror, science fiction, fantasy, supernatural/the weird, romance, erotica, historical fiction, women's fiction, art & film, memoir, essay collections, travel

selected projects

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