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)

Artist Spotlight: Nov 1 - Nov 30, 2022 $3.50 fee

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

Digging Press Chapbook Prize: April 1 - July 31, 2023; $15 reading fee

Short Stories / Flash Fiction: May 1 - July 31, 2023;  $3.50 fee. Contributors receive $10 per flash fiction; $15 per short stories.

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.

FEES for Submissions: We require a modest reading/review fee to help fund our literary projects. If you have difficulty making this payment, email editor@diggingpress.com fo 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Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as they are indicated as such and the submission is withdrawn from Submittable immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.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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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

Digging Through The Fat / Digging Press