Digging Through The Fat / Digging Press

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

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Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as they are indicated as such and the submission is withdrawn from Submittable immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Only previously unpublished prose and poetry will be considered for publication.

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. 

Check out our editor's interview with Six Questions For...here.

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.

Given our weekly/biweekly format, we only accept a small percentage of the submissions received. For the selected creator the reward is one full week of exposure on our website. We recommend contributors take advantage of this week to promote work on their social media accounts. We will 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.

Submission Periods

Community Fundraiser: December 1 - December 31 $5 Donation

Flash Fiction: April 1 - May 31 

Artist Spotlight: Aug 1 - Aug 31 

Digging Press Chapbook Prize: September 1 – November 15 

Short Stories: TBA

Poetry: TBA

Digging Through The Fat / Digging Press