2021/2022 Submission Periods

Poetry: December 1 - December 30, 2021 (free); January 1 - January 30, 2022; $3 fee; Contributors receive $10 per poem selected or the latest Poetry Series print publication.

Community/Fundraiser: January 1, 2022 - February 15, 2022; $5 Donation

Artist Spotlight: April 15 - May 15, 2022 (free)

Short Stories / Flash Fiction: May 16 - June 15, 2022 (free). June 16 - July 15, 2022; $3 fee. Contributors receive $10 per flash fiction; $15 per short stories.

Digging Press Chapbook Prize: July 1 – October 15; $12 reading fee

Digging Press LLC is an independent publisher. We publish the literary and arts journal, Digging Through The Fat, and a chapbook series. We also produce a podcast and host a reading series. As an organization for cultural omnivores, we aim to nurture experimentation, encourage broad-mindedness and cultural inclusion, and promote the importance of eclecticism in the arts.

We shall do our best to respond to submitters within three-four months, but in some cases, this period may be longer. If you have not received a response from us within 120 days, please send an email inquiry to editor@diggingpress.com. Please do not contact our editors or staff readers directly about the status of your submission.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as they are indicated as such and the submission is withdrawn from Submittable immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. 

Upon acceptance, creators are asked to complete a publication agreement prior to publication. The use of the Work by Digging Through The Fat (Digging Press, LLC) entails the assignment of First North American Serial Rights, for publication in the English language anywhere in North America. It is understood and agreed that the Publisher may use this Work only in the above-mentioned magazine. Publisher may also reprint the Work one additional time as part of a collection or anthology with the Creator’s consent.

For the journal, the length of time between acceptance and publication can be one to three months. For chapbooks, the length of time between acceptance and publication can be one year.

We welcome submissions from ALL. We especially want to encourage more submissions from women and non-binary writers, writers of color, and the LGBTQIA community. Help Digging Through The Fat's community grow in diversity and beauty!

Email submissions are not acceptable. 

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Given our seasonal genre format, we only accept a small percentage of the submissions received. We recommend contributors promote published work on their social media accounts. We promote all publications on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We also feature publications in our monthly newsletter.

Please do not assume that a decline from us means your work is not valid in any way. We simply are unable to accommodate everyone. Our publication decisions are bittersweet. We have to decline a great number of good folks in order to give a few more time to gain a larger audience.

We rely on donations* and individual purchases to support our mission.  We appreciate any support you can give. Visit our shop here for more info.

*DiggingPress.com is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a 501(c)(3) charity. Contributions made payable to Fractured Atlas for the purposes of DiggingPress.com are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. 


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Please note: we offer free U.S.-only shipping with chapbook purchases through Submittable. International orders can only be fulfilled at our shop.

Send up to three poems in a single upload. Multiple submissions are discouraged.

Do not include your name or any identifying information within the attachment. Please do not insert a header or footer containing your name, and do not include your name and contact information at the top of the document. Doing so will disqualify your submission.

Because this is a blind submission process, previously published works are not accepted. This includes work self-published on personal blogs. 

Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as they are indicated as such and the submission is withdrawn from Submittable immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.

We shall do our best to respond within three months, but in some cases, this period may be longer. If you have not received a response from us within 120 days, please send an email inquiry to editor@diggingpress.com. Do not contact our editors directly regarding the status of your submission.

All rights revert to the author upon publication. If your original work is later reprinted elsewhere, we ask that you please note its first publication here.

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Digging Press LLC is an independent publisher. We publish the literary and arts journal, Digging Through The Fat, and a chapbook series. We also produce the podcast and host a reading series. As an organization for cultural omnivores, we aim to nurture experimentation, encourage broad-mindedness and cultural inclusion, and promote the importance of eclecticism in the arts.

DiggingPress.com is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a 501(c)(3) charity. Contributions made payable to Fractured Atlas for the purposes of DiggingPress.com are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

To make a tax-deductible donation visit our Fractured Atlas page here: https://fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/diggingpress-com

For Check Donations: Make your check is payable to Fractured Atlas.

Please send donation checks to: 

Digging Press LLC 

130 W Pleasant Ave., Suite 307 

Maywood, NJ 07607

We rely on donations and individual purchases to support our mission.  We appreciate any support you can give.

Visit our shop here to purchase our latest chapbook.


We look forward to reading your work.

-- Digging Press Team

Digging Through The Fat / Digging Press