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.

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

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

or at our Chapbook Series page: https://diggingthroughthefat.com/chapbook-series/

Support Our Community 

Please join us in our mission of nurturing a diverse community of writers, poets, publishers, artists, and photographers. Your donation will go toward the cost of offering honoraria to contributors, paying for operations such as web hosting and building up the resources to offer honoraria to our all-volunteer editorial staff. 

We are happy to announce that we will be accepting fiction and poetry submissions for our first Digging Press Chapbook Series. We are passionate about presenting a unique book design and offering editorial support. We aim to produce beautiful and artistic  books. Selected manuscripts will have a small print-run, and authors will receive 20 copies plus $100 in payment. 

2018:  Spring Entry Period: April 15 – June 30

2019:  Spring Entry Period: April 1 – June 15; Fall Entry Period: September 1 – October 31

We invite you to submit your manuscript for free or with a small donation, which will go directly to our contributors.


Digging Through The Fat‘s mission is to encourage risks and redefine narratives. More generally, to nurture experimentation in the arts. For our chapbook series, please submit a manuscript between 20 and 30 pages. Please read the following carefully:

  • Respect our blind submission policy. Your 20 to 30-page manuscript must be free of any identity-revealing information, including in the name of your file or in the “title” field in Submittable. Submissions that do not respect this policy will be automatically declined.
  • You are welcome to 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.
  • Include the following in your upload document: a description or synopsis of your work, title page, table of contents, if appropriate, an acknowledgments page. (If manuscript contains individual stories or poems that have been previously published online or in print, note previously published work on the acknowledgments page.)
  • 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), not including front and back matter (table of contents, title page, etc.). 
  • 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).
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable and encouraged, but please notify us by withdrawing your manuscript on Submittable immediately if it is accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • Multiple submissions are not permitted.
  • Collaborative collections are welcome.
  • Hybrid/multi-genre submissions are also welcome.
  • We cannot accept translations.


SPRING: The selected chapbook for the spring series is announced around the end of August each year. 

FALL: The selected chapbook for the spring series is announced around the end of January each year. 

Accepted Work:

Accepted works will be promoted on our Digging Through The Fat website, and on our Digging Press Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram accounts. 

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

We look forward to reading your brilliant chapbooks!

Classic Tote bag and Print Edition as featured at AWP 2016 

Pictured here: Classic Tote bag and Print Edition as featured at AWP2016.

We appreciate your support!  

All proceeds from Sale items help cover the production of our Chapbook series.