The 2020 Blood Pudding Novella Prize

Entry to The 2020 Blood Pudding Novella Prize is open. And by popular demand, the deadline for entries has been extended until 11.59 pm on Monday 31st August.

The Blood Pudding Novella Prize is an annual prize by The Blood Pudding that awards an unpublished, completed novella-length work of literary merit written in English by a writer, of any nationality or descent. The winning manuscript is published in print by The Blood Pudding.

Entries can be made on our submittable page here.

Rules for entry

10-40,000 words

Entries must be in 12-point Helvetica, double spaced and in word or pdf documents. Submissions that don’t meet these standards won’t be considered.

$15 entry fee.


Editors of The Blood Pudding, Liam Kim and Heather Feather.

What we are looking for:

Good writing. Each entry will be judged on its own merit. This means that, though our tastes tend towards literary and genre fiction, we are open to all genres (that appeal to an adult audience).

The winner of The Blood Pudding Novella Prize receives:

  • Prize and advance ($2,000)
  • Creative editorial support from The Blood Pudding
  • A contract for the novellas publication by The Blood Pudding

Terms and conditions

If any of these terms are not clear to you, please contact us at The Blood Pudding:

The entry must be the entrant’s own original creation and must not infringe upon the right or copyright of any person or entity. Co-authored entries will not be accepted. Multiple entries per person will be accepted. Works previously entered to The Blood Pudding Novella Prize in a previous year cannot be entered again, even if revised.

Previously published writers and writers who have existing contracts, or who have previously held contracts, with publishers for works of fiction or non-fiction are eligible to enter.

The Blood Pudding will make final decisions on eligibility. Our decisions will be final and no communication will be entered into on the subject.

To be eligible submissions arrive by 11.59 pm (CET) on Thursday 30th September 2020. Entries that are incomplete, are corrupted or submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Short-listed manuscripts will be announced by Friday 30th October 2020.

The winner will be announced by Tuesday 3rd November 2020

The Blood Pudding will have the exclusive world right to publish the winning novella in print and to represent foreign rights on the author’s behalf. The author will be contracted with a standard agreement.

The Blood Pudding reserves the right not to award the prize, as well as to make multiple offers of publication.

The Blood Pudding reserves the right to vary the rules and conditions of entry and to make any amendments to the published schedule as deemed necessary.

Previous winners

2019: The winner of The 2019 Blood Pudding Novella Prize was Eddie Revel for his novella ‘The Angry Synapse’. Here’s what judge Heather Feather had to say: “A meditation on what it’s like to be in any relationship, to do things and not really know why you do them. Revel seems to find something inherently human in his brutally honest writing”. You can buy the book here.