Digging Press, LLC is an independent publisher. We publish the literary and arts journal, Digging Through The Fat, and a chapbook series. We alsoproduce the podcast, Digging Through with Gessy Alvarez. As a micro-press and journal for cultural omnivores, we aim to nurture experimentation in the arts and encourage broad-mindedness and cultural inclusion.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as they are indicated as such and the submission is withdrawn from Submittable immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Only previously unpublished prose and poetry will be considered for publication. We do not solicit writers and poets. All works published at Digging Through The Fat are selected from our hefty slushpile. On occasion we will solicit work for the Storytellers segment for our podcast, Digging Through with Gessy Alvarez.

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. Please use our Submittable link below and read our guidelines carefully. 

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

Submission Periods

Artist Spotlight: June 1 - July 31


Short Stories and Flash Fictiion: July 15 - August 31


Digging Press Chapbook Competition:

Spring Series: April 1 – June 15
Fall Series: August 1 – October 15


Poetry: January - February 28

For general inquiries, please submit questions via our comments section below.

A little help goes a long way...

In 2014, we began Digging Through The Fat as a call for literary action. Now we are working on the first chapbook in our Digging Press Chapbook Series and a second print edition of Digging Through The Fat. We hope to showcase both at AWP 2019. As an independent journal and micro-press for cultural omnivores, we aim to fire up the fun in the literary and visual arts. 

For as little as $3, you can help us with our mission.

To all our donors, contributors, submitters, and readers, thank you and keep in touch with us @DiggingPress on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. 


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

Submit a link to your online portfolio (Instagram, website, Behance, Flickr, etc) a short bio, artist statement, and a high-resolution .jpeg image that best represents your body of work via Submittable. Please DO NOT email us your submissions.

We have a limited amount of space but will consider every submission. Last day to submit is July 31, 2019. 

We will make final selections by  September 30, 2019

Artist Spotlights will appear weekly or biweekly (depending on the pool of selected works) beginning in September 2019.

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.

Digging Through The Fat is a literary and arts journal published by Digging Press, LLC. As a journal and micro-press for cultural omnivores, we are here to fire up the literary and visual arts by promoting authors and artists whose works entertain, enrich, and make us think.

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

Ends on August 31, 2019

Send no more than ONE piece during the reading period. Word limit: 1,500 or less. Please do not email your submission. Flash fiction is welcomed.

All stories should be SINGLE SPACED, 12-point standard font, one-inch margins. DO NOT INDENT PARAGRAPHS. Pages should be numbered. 

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 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 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.

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