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 in the arts and encourage broad-mindedness and cultural inclusion.

We would like to extend its warmest sympathies to anyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We shall do our best to respond to submitters within three-six 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Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as they are indicated as such and the submission is withdrawn from Submittable immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.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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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.


Chapbooks and broadside 


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


Submission Periods

Community Fundraiser: December 1 - February 28; $5 Donation

Fiction/Flash Fiction Feedback - Fundraiser: January 2 - January 31  (next period - March 1 - March 31)

Short Stories / Flash Fiction: April 1 - May 31 

Artist Spotlight: Aug 1 - Aug 31 

Digging Press Chapbook Prize: September 1 – November 15 

Poetry: November 1, 2021 - January 31, 2022

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.

Ends on This opportunity will close after 5 submissions have been received.$50.00 - 100.00
$50.00 - 100.00

Digging Press offers editorial feedback on short fiction (short stories and flash fiction) up to 5,000 words (10 pages, single-spaced; or 20 pages, double-spaced). 

Our Editor-in-Chief, Gessy Alvarez will provide line editorial notes, as well as written feedback detailing the strengths of the writing and recommendations for revision.

We intend to provide feedback within six weeks from processing of submission. 

All work sent will also be considered for publication in Digging Through The Fat. Should we accept your story for publication, the feedback fee will be refunded.

If you have questions, please send an email to: editor@diggingpress.com.


Submission Guidelines:

  • Open to all fiction - English-language writers only
  • Original, unpublished work only
  • Work that has received editorial feedback is not eligible for the Digging Press Chapbook Award
  • No simultaneous submissions 
  • If you withdraw your piece before we have begun feedback, we will be happy to let you substitute another story of equal length or provide a refund
  • We reserve the right to decline any work submitted (fees will be refunded to any submitters declined)


Fees*:

  • Flash Fiction up to 1,000 Words (one flash piece or up to three micro-fiction pieces): $50
  • Short Story up to 2,500 Words (one short story): $75
  • Short Story up to 3,500 Words (one short story): $90
  • Short Story up to 5,000 Words (one short story): $100

*All fees collected are donated to our Publication Fund and will help lower reading fees for our chapbook award submitters in 2021.




Welcome to our Annual Community Fundraiser. 

Our Community feature is an opportunity for authors to introduce a new audience to their previously published works.

Once a year, we hold an open submission period for authors who have recent publications in other ONLINE literary journals. Please note: we only accept URL links to other literary journals. We do not reprint text. Space is limited so do send us your very best works to secure a spot. 

This is an annual fundraiser. A $5 fee* is required with your submission. You can submit up to three URL links with your $5 fee.

*This fee does not guarantee acceptance. If your links are declined, you can opt for a $5 refund. All fees collected will support our 2021 Honoraria Fund for Digging Contributors. 

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Add-On Purchases

We rely on donations and purchases to support our literary projects. 

U.S.-based submitters can order our chapbooks and broadside with free shipping through Submittable. 

We can't accept international orders through Submittable at this time. For International submitters interested in making a purchase, email your name and the date of your submission to editor@diggingpress.com, and we will send you a 15% discount code to use at our shop

Charity Poster Info:

The Digging Press Revolutionary Broadside Series pairs the work of Black and African American members of our Digging community with original artwork by our creative director, Cynthia Alvarez. Proceeds from this series are donated to racial justice groups and art organizations that advance and celebrate Black and African American culture.


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To avoid our email response getting lost in your spam folder, add this email to your contacts: editor@diggingthroughthefat.com. All submissions are read, reviewed, and considered by Gessy Alvarez. If you have any questions or concerns, leave a comment on our Submissions page here. We'll respond within 24 hours.   

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Accepted works will be promoted in our online journal, and on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. With permission from our contributors, we may include accepted works in promotional material for Digging Through The Fat and Digging Press, LLC. 

 -- Digging Press Team


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