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 (2-5 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.
We’re launching a new space on Porridge online called ‘Comfort Foods’!
This 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our submissions for online, including COMFORT FOODS, are rolling – we take them year-round. We have no real restrictions bar the 4,000w limit, but do recommend that you send no more than three to five 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.
Submissions for our fourth print issue are open between 6th September and 6th October 2019. Anything sent before or after that time-frame will not be considered for print.
For our print issues, we accept the usual things:
- Essays from any discipline. We’re especially interested articles about history, culture, current affairs, politics, technology, and the environment.
- Creative non-fiction of any kind
- Visual art of all types – painting, photography, collage, digital art etc.
- COMFORT FOODS submissions (read guidelines above)
- Poetry – send up to three poems for consideration
- Short stories and flash fiction
Feel free to send anything you have that doesn’t neatly fit into one of these categories and we will be happy to look at it, but please note the word count of 2000 words for prose is non-negotiable.
Some other rules/info to be read carefully:
- All submissions are to be sent via email (email@example.com). Please include PRINT in the subject box, followed by your name and the genre of the work you are submitting. E.g. PRINT – JOE BLOGGS / PHOTOGRAPHY.
- In the body of the email please include a third person biography (and a hello would be nice too!). Work should be attached to the email, not pasted into the body.
- If your work was published in the previous print issue, then please do not submit on this occasion.
- Unlike our online platform, we do not accept previously published work for print.
- Work that is not accepted for print will automatically be considered for the website.
- Unfortunately we are not in a position to pay yet, but all contributors will receive a copy of the print magazine.
To get an idea of what we like, have a look at the site but also considering buying a copy of the previous issues here.
Hopefully that’s pretty straightforward! If you do have any queries do get in touch but in the meantime we look forward to reading / viewing your work!