Digging Through The Fat is a web journal for cultural omnivores. We began in 2013 as a call for literary action. We want to encourage risks and redefine narratives. Our mission is to nurture experimentation in the arts.

We showcase prose, poetry, and visual arts from emerging and established creative folks throughout the year. We hold two reading periods: poetry in the Spring/Summer and fiction in the Fall/Winter. We also periodically publish personal essays, interviews, reviews, artworks, and links to published works.

DiggingThroughTheFat.com is part of Digging Through The Fat Press, LLC, an organization committed to promoting the literary and visual arts.

Upcoming Submission Periods for Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Short Stories

Poetry 
Send up to three poems in a single upload. Your submission should not exceed three pages.
Submission dates: April 15, 2017 to June 30, 2017

Short Stories and Flash Fiction 
Send no more than ONE fiction piece during the reading period. Word limit: 2,000 or less.
Submission dates: September 15, 2017 - December 1, 2017

We only read blind submissions for fiction and poetry. That said, we welcome submissions from ALL. We especially want to encourage more submissions from women and nonbinary people, people of color, and the LGBTQIA and Disability communities. Help Digging Through The Fat grow in diversity and beauty!  

Community

A few times a year we post web links to previously published works. Our next submission period for the Community page is March 1, 2017 - March 24, 2017.

Only include TWO literary journal publication links per submission period and only submit once per period. Please note: we only accept web links to works published at other literary journals. Community is a celebration of the author and the literary journal where the work appears. We do not reprint text. 

Nonfiction (not blind)

From January 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017, we welcome nonfiction submissions of typically less than 2,000 words in the following categories:

Reviews - books, film, music, art, and other
Q&A - short, question and answer interviews
Essays - critical or personal essays

Send no more than ONE piece during the reading period. Only previously unpublished works will be considered for publication.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as they are indicated as such and the submission is withdrawn from Submittable immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Only previously unpublished works will be considered for publication.

Accepted Work

Accepted works will appear on the Digging Through The Fat website. With permission from our published contributors, we may include accepted works in promotional material, and, at a later date, in a Digging Through The Fat anthology. Therefore, submitted work must be previously unpublished. Web links to works submitted for our Community page are not considered for promotional material or the anthology.

For general inquiries, please submit questions via our comments section at our Submissions page on our website: https://diggingthroughthefat.com/submissions/

Digging Through The Fat publishes prose and poetry from emerging and established writers and poets throughout the year. We are currently recruiting volunteers to join our masthead as Staff Readers.

Volunteers will not be paid cash, but we will be happy to give you a great reference. As a volunteer, you’re free to leave the position at any time. We ask only that you send us a courtesy note to let us know.

Staff Readers:
We seek critical but open-minded readers. You can choose which category you prefer to read (short fiction or poetry). Readers will be assigned small groups of submissions on a twice-monthly basis and asked to vote and comment on the submissions within two weeks of the assignment.

Thank you and good luck!

09/11/2016 Update for All Current Applicants: Thanks to all who have applied to work as volunteers. We received more applicants than spots available at this time, which surprised us in a good way. If you don't hear from us it means we've placed you on our stand-by list. If a spot opens up, you will receive notification. Cheers to all!


We’re looking for artwork and photography to accompany our poetry, short fiction, and other features on our web magazine.

Please send up to 3 high-resolution images of your original work as .jpeg files. We are not accepting audio or video at this time.

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

Images should be unpublished. Please include a title as file name for each piece. Be sure to include a brief bio in 3rd person or your work will not be considered.

We will do our best to respond within 12 weeks, 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@diggingthroughthefat.com. 

Digging Through The Fat Press, LLC acquires first (one time) print and electronic publishing rights. You may republish the images in another publication but please cite Digging Through The Fat as the original source of publication.

Ends on December 31, 2017

Send no more than ONE piece during the reading period. Word limit: 2,000 or less. Please do not email your submission. Flash fiction is welcomed!

This is a blind submission process. 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 work is not accepted. This includes work published on personal blogs. Sorry. 

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@diggingthroughthefat.com. Please do not contact our editors directly regarding the status of your submission via Twitter and/or Facebook.

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.

Ends on December 1, 2017

From January 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017, we welcome nonfiction submissions of typically less than 2,000 words in the following categories:

Reviews - books, film, music, art, and other
Q&A - short, question and answer interviews
Essays - critical or personal essays

Send no more than ONE piece during the reading period. Only previously unpublished works will be considered for publication.

Please do not email 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.

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@diggingthroughthefat.com. Please do not contact our editors directly regarding the status of your submission via Twitter and/or Facebook.

You will retain all ownership rights to the copyrights to your work. If your original work is later reprinted elsewhere, we ask that you please note its first publication here.