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)

Short Stories / Flash Fiction: May 1 - July 15, 2022; $3.50 fee. Contributors receive $10 per flash fiction; $15 per short stories.

Artist Spotlight: Jun 15 - Jul 31, 2022 (free)

Digging Press Chapbook Prize: Nov 1, 2022 – Feb 28, 2023; $15 reading fee

Poetry: Mar 1 - May 31, 2023; $3.50 fee; Contributors receive $10 per poem selected.

Community/Fundraiser: ONGOING. Our Community Fundraiser is 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.

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

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

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Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as they are indicated as such and the submission is withdrawn from Submittable immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.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

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

Ends on This opportunity will close after 7 submissions have been received.

Digging Press offers editorial feedback on short fiction (short stories and flash fiction) up to 7,500 words (20 pages, single-spaced; or 32 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. 

Submissions dates: 

Jan 1 - Jan 31 

May 1 - May 31 

Aug 1 - Aug 31

Oct 1 - Oct. 31

Dec 1 - Dec 31

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): $100
  • Short Story up to 5,000 Words (one short story): $150
  • Short Story up to 7,500 Words (one short story); $200


*All fees collected help us pay any print production costs associated with our Chapbook Series.

Send no more than ONE submission during the reading period. 

  • Flash Fiction  - up to three stories (1,000 words or less per story)

Or,

  • Short Story -  3,000 words or less (one story per submission)

Please do not email your submission. 

All stories should be double-spaced, 12-point standard font, one-inch margins. Pages should be numbered. 

Do not submit previously published work. We require first serial rights for accepted works. This includes work published on personal blogs and social media. 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@diggingpress.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.

Contributors receive payment as follows::

$10 - per Flash Fiction

$15 - per Short Story

To avoid our email response getting lost in your spam folder, add this email to your contacts: editor@diggingpress.com. All submissions are read, reviewed, and considered by Gessy Alvarez and the Digging Team. 

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 in 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.

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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 10% discount code to use at our shop.


A note about our Broadside Series:

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.

Best of luck!

Digging Through The Fat / Digging Press