Digging Press / Digging Through The Fat’s mission is to nurture artistic experimentation, encourage broad-mindedness and cultural inclusion, and promote eclecticism in the literary and visual arts.

2022/2023 Submission Periods

DP Chapbook Competition: Nov 1, 2022 - February 28, 2023; $15 reading fee.

Artist Spotlight: Jan 1 - Feb 28, 2023.

Poetry: April 1 - June 15, 2023; $3.50 fee; Contributors receive $15 per poem selected.

Short Stories / Flash Fiction: Sept 1 - November 30, 2023;  $3.50 fee. Contributors receive $15 per flash fiction; $20 per short story.

Community/Fundraiser: ONGOING. Our Community Fundraiser-An opportunity for authors to reintroduce their previously published works at other literary journals. We only accept URL links to other literary journals. We do not reprint text. Space is limited. Do send us your very best works to secure a spot. You can submit up to two URL links. $5 fee. If your links are declined, you can opt for a $5 refund.

FEES for Submissions: We require a modest reading/review fee to help fund our literary projects. If you have difficulty making this payment, email editor@diggingpress.com for assistance.


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Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as they are indicated as such and the submission is withdrawn from Submittable immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.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

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

Welcome to our  Community Fundraiser.

Welcome to our Community Fundraiser, an opportunity for authors to reintroduce their previously published works at other literary journals. A $5 donation is encouraged. Donations collected help us pay any print production costs associated with our Chapbook Series.

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.  You can submit up to two URL links.

*This donation does not guarantee acceptance. If your links are declined, you can opt for a $5 refund. 

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

Digging Press runs the Digging Press Chapbook Competition for an unpublished chapbook manuscript of poems or prose between 24-46 pages in length. The winner will receive book publication, a $350 cash award, ten copies of the book. Prizes are awarded on receipt of a signed publication agreement.

We are passionate about presenting a unique, perfect-bound chapbook designed in-house by our creative director, Cynthia Alvarez, a fine artist whose work can be viewed at calvarezart.com. Our series editor offers personalized editorial support throughout the production process. Our chapbooks receive an ISBN and Library of Congress control number and are distributed exclusively on our website and at https://digging-press.myshopify.com.

The Digging Press Chapbook Series Competition is open for submissions of prose and poetry. We seek innovative chapbooks that are inventively personal and richly imagined. We are inspired by the works of Clarice Lispector, Augusto Monterroso, Lynne Tillman, Óscar Esquivias, Giannina Braschi, Italo Calvino, Lydia Davis, Zakaria Tamer, Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa, Sonia Sanchez, Ocean Vuong, Sam Sax, Claudia Rankine, Eileen Myles...

PAST WINNERS:
Mandy-Suzanne Wong (1st Edition; April 2019 sold out. 2nd Edition; May 2022). View results. 
Abigail Carl-Klassen (1st printing; August 2020 sold out. 2nd printing; Oct 2022). View results. 
Dimitri Reyes (1st printing; July 2021 sold out. 2nd printing; Nov 2021). View results.
Marie Baléo (forthcoming Winter 2022). View results.
Morgan Christie (forthcoming Spring/Summer 2023). View results.
Rachelle Parker (Summer/Fall). View results.

NEXT OPEN SUBMISSION PERIOD:
November 1, 2022 – February 28, 2023

SUBMISSION FEE
The submission/reading fee is $15 per submission. Please note that fees offset the cost of publishing and promoting the winning chapbook. A small portion also helps cover our Submittable hosting fees. We also rely on donations and purchases to support our chapbook series. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, Donate Here.

ELIGIBILITY
The 2023 Digging Press Chapbook Competition is open to any writer/poet writing in English.

MANUSCRIPT FORMAT
Jericho Writers has excellent advice on "Manuscript Presentation": https://jerichowriters.com/manuscript-presentation/.

CHAPBOOK SIZE
Do keep in mind that our chapbooks have a trim size of 4.25″ wide x 6.75″ high. Each book page fits approximately 225-230 words; each line fits approximately 45-48 characters across, including spaces, with 26-28 lines to a page. This chapbook format is non-negotiable.

CATEGORIES
Poetry: (All forms, though submitters should be mindful of the size of our chapbooks. Prose poems and poetry/prose hybrid projects can be submitted under either poetry or prose, per your preference.
Prose: Fiction, creative non-fiction, lyric essay, and prose hybrid manuscripts. 
Hybrid: Works that blend themes and elements from two or more genres; often referred to as cross-genre, multi-genre, or mixed genre. (E.g., William Blake’s Heaven and Hell, Giannina Braschi’s Yo-Yo Boing!, and Ousmane Sembène’s Xala.)

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GUIDELINES

  • RESPECT OUR BLIND SUBMISSION POLICY. The manuscript must be free of any identity-revealing information, including in the name of your file or in the “title” field in Submittable.
  • The manuscript must be previously unpublished as a collection (including publication with a press, self-publication, online/digital publication, and publication in a small, limited-edition print run).
  • Page limit: 24 to 46 pages (not including the table of contents, title page, etc.). Please use a readable font in 12-point. Times New Roman or its equivalent is recommended. Manuscripts should be paginated (and double-spaced for fiction).
  • Include a brief bio or something about yourself in your cover note on Submittable, which will only be made accessible to the editorial panel after the group of Semi-Finalist and Finalist manuscripts has been chosen. You will also be asked for a brief synopsis.
  • Your manuscript should include the following: a title page (do not include identifying information); table of contents, if appropriate; an acknowledgments page noting publication credits for individual stories or poems that have been previously published online or in print.
  • New in 2022/2023: We will consider submissions including visual art (interior illustrations or photographs only), but please note we do not regularly publish chapbooks with interior art. Interior art must be submitted as separate hi-res files.
  • DO NOT include suggested cover artwork with your submission. Our chapbook covers are exclusive to our series and designed in-house by our creative director.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permissible, but entrants are asked to notify Digging Press by withdrawing your manuscript in Submittable immediately if it is accepted for publication elsewhere. Do not email us a withdrawal.
  • Collaborative collections are welcome.
  • We cannot accept translations.
  • Entries must be accompanied by a $15.00 entry fee.
  • Entrants may submit multiple manuscripts but must pay a $15.00 entry fee for each additional manuscript submitted.
  • Failure to follow these guidelines may result in disqualification. 


FINAL NOTIFICATION
Final notification of the contest winner, finalists, and semi-finalists will be provided by e-mail to all contest entrants by Fall 2023.
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SELECTION PROCESS AND CONFLICTS OF INTEREST 

The selection process can be read here.

Staff and volunteers currently affiliated with Digging Press and Digging Through The Fat are ineligible for consideration or publication. Additionally, students, former students, and colleagues of the judge(s) and series editor are not eligible to enter. We ask that previous winners wait three years after their winning entry is published before entering again. Guidelines for submitting to the competition can be found on Submittable.

Digging Press, LLC is thoroughly committed to safeguarding the integrity of our contests.

Digging Press, LLC endorses and abides by the Code of Ethics developed by the Council of Literary Magazines and Press (CLMP). Read more here.

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If the final judge chooses no manuscript for publication, all contest fees will be returned.

With permission from our contributors, we may include accepted works in promotional material for Digging Through The Fat and Digging Press, LLC.

We are curating a listing of promising visual artists with ONLINE portfolios to showcase in our Artist Spotlight feature this winter.

Visual artists should submit a link to their online portfolio (Instagram, website, web page, etc.) a short bio, artist statement, and three high-resolution .jpeg images that best represent their body of work via Submittable. Please DO NOT email submissions. We have a limited amount of space but will consider every submission. Open only to visual artists.

Last day to submit is February 28, 2023. 

Accepted works will be promoted in our online journal, and at 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.

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

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

DiggingPress.com (Digging Press and Digging Through The Fat) 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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