Thinking of submitting to Porridge? Here are a few things you might need to know!

We are interested in:

  • Essays of up to 4,000 words, from any discipline. We’re especially interested in articles about history, culture, current affairs, politics, technology, and the environment. If you are submitting something with academic referencing, we prefer the MHRA style but it is not a deal-breaker. All published work is accompanied by a featured image, usually a stock image, but if you have a suggestion please include this in the email.
  • Poetry (up to three poems per submission). It is difficult to pin-point the type of poetry we like so do take a look at what we’ve published recently to get an idea but we enjoy work that employs evocative imagery and takes hold of our senses, work that shies away from cliché but isn’t afraid to be earnest. We also like the abstract and absurd. We do have a preference for non-rhyming work though won’t rule out work that does rhyme. We will not accept work that is graphic or excessively violent.
  • Prose in the form of short stories, flash fiction, and non-fiction, all capped at 4,000 words. We prefer stories that examine the everyday, that infuse the quotidian with magic, that explore our interactions with the people and world around us in an interesting way.  We  don’t have preferences genre-wise but would discourage horror submissions and aren’t big fans of ‘twist’ endings.
  • Visual art: photography, portraiture, painting, collage, and other visual media. We are also looking to interview and review more artists so if you have a show coming up in London or Amsterdam, do let us know about it.
  • Anything that doesn’t neatly fit into these categories, including reviews.



The COMFORT FOODS series is intended as an informal site of exchange for people in diaspora to share anecdotes about their favourite foods / foods that remind them of home or even abate homesickness altogether. We’re looking for creative responses to the relationship between food and culture, identity and cuisine, and even eating away exile. But this is supposed to be fun so if you end up writing a 2,000 word philosophical treatise on biryani, we’re here for it.

While COMFORT FOODS is primarily a space for people from an ethnic minority background to write about food and ideas of home, we are also interested in food writing from other marginalised perspectives. It can be difficult to root yourself in a world that is hostile but the food we share and the communities we cultivate allow us to carve out a space for ourselves that we can call home.

We appreciate that people feel strongly about food and that it is intrinsic to many people’s identities but if your work does not relate to the above themes, or meet the above criteria, then please do not submit to this category.

We’ll accept creative non-fiction, food writing, creative writing (in the form of prose or poetry) and artwork on this theme! If you’re submitting writing, please do also include photographs of the food or cuisine you’re discussing – we can use stock images but it feels more personal to have photographs taken by the author.

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in then please do get in touch, putting ‘Comfort Foods’ in the subject line! We look forward to feasting on your submissions.


We take submissions in the form of word documents or Google Docs via email:

Our submissions for online, including COMFORT FOODS, are usually rolling – we take them year-round. Over the past few months, we have had an unprecedented number of submissions and to ensure that we can give this work the attention it requires, and to allow ourselves time to put issue four together, we have made the decision to close submissions until 31st January 2020.

We have no real restrictions bar the 4,000w limit, but do recommend that you send no more than three pieces at a time (unless these pieces form one work e.g. a series of photographs or a poetic sequence). If you do choose to submit, please be sure to attach a short bio telling us a little about yourself and your interests.

We accept simultaneous submissions and previously published work, just let us know who to credit.

Porridge is a small team of volunteers all working full-time so do expect our response time to be slow, however if we haven’t been in touch within four weeks do feel free to get in touch!

Sadly, we are currently unable to pay contributors but are working to make this possible as we believe everyone deserves reimbursement for their work.