T H E : M A G A Z I N E :

The Blood Pudding is a boutique online publisher of Microfiction, Flash Fiction, Short Stories, Nonfiction, Poetry and Art.

E D I T O R S :

Liam Kim, Heather Feather.

O U R : T A S T E B U D S :

We go and lose our banana marbles for raw voices, stories about the human condition and untold perspectives. That’s the one-liner. There are many lines to read in our archives and this is really the only way to get to know what we’re drawn to. In most cases, when the writing is good, it can be about anything and we’ll fall in love. You might find some commonalities though. Imperfection(s). Vulnerability. Mistakes. Being alone. Empathy. And The Big, The Bad, The Mad-Bad Weirds. Writing that comes from a place of truth, something that matters, something that is right. It might be something mundane but it has an urgency. It screams out of you like a rocket. You have The Tick.

We are especially motivated to provide a platform for traditionally marginalized voices. Black voices, women, queer people, non-binary folk, all that have been shut out by the incest of institutions.

F A Q s :

Do you pay?

Yes! We are a paying market. Contributors will be paid $40 per piece. Payments will be made via PayPal. Please note that payments cannot be made any other way.

How long do you take to reply to submissions?

The short answer is within 12 weeks. Choosing an EXPEDITED submission will move this to within 14 days. The fancy-pants answer: whilst we pride ourselves on our reactions- sometimes within earshot of a jab from some effin 24-carat dudo that looks like Mike Tyson, scrambling on The Egg Ropes- we receive a high volume of submissions so cannot always be speedy with our response. Sometimes we’re in that Tyson ball-park. We’re sitting on the sofa, eating chips and watching football and we’ll blink at submittable and see a sore-thumb flapping on the shores. It nods and we nod and we all keep eating chips and watching football. Other times we’re in the office with a Stiff Antoccino and we’re Rocking In The Waves Of The Sun, sucking the words through our pores like a thorny lizard. The words take time. We let them settle before revealing themselves as The Small I Am, The Silent Creeper, who would have thought it? This one said that. Typically then, we have no real typically.

When do you publish your issues?

We publish sporadically, because the quality of submissions is sporadic by nature. We can go large periods of time without accepting a piece and then accept a bunch in a day or two. For this reason, we don’t impose limitations on our publishing schedule: it would severely impact the quality of the magazine. Instead, we release each issue the minute we have everything ready for it. In this way, you see the work as soon as it’s ready! To give a more concrete idea of how frequently we publish, we can say that in our first year we published 6 issues, so we publish with a mean frequency of 2 months. Our deadlines reflect this sporadic nature too – they are frequently extended so that we can find you and your work.

What is your editing process like?

Expect a minimal style. We know the toil that typically goes into writing. It is likely you chose to send your work as a final product. Things tend to either work first time or not. Playing around too much with something is normally an indication that something is fundamentally off. These are our views only. We know that other litmags like to wrestle with your work, nosy beggers.

What are your publishing rights?

We ask for first serial rights. It makes no sense for people to be going elsewhere to see you. We’re monogamous like that. Slutty is not immediate in our publishing minds. We will ask for 6-months with you. Then you can go and sleep with others, but please tell them about your first time.

Do you publish first time / unpublished authors?

Absolutely. It’s one of our favourite things. We ask for cover letters and bios but we typically only read these after considering the work. You might have published in The New Yorker, but that was the past. Now, now, now. Invent yourself and then re-invent yourself.

CONTACT:

Our contact form is playing up at the moment. Direct all enquiries to thebloodpudding@outlook.com until further notice.