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Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as they are indicated as such and the submission is withdrawn from Submittable immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Only previously unpublished prose and poetry will be considered for publication.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

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


Digging Press / Digging Through The Fat began without any seed money. We rely on support like yours to help fund our mission. This includes costs like managing our website, as well as our chapbook series. If you like what we do and believe in our goal to nurture experimentation in the arts and encourage broad-mindedness and cultural inclusion, please consider making a donation on Submittable or HERE. You may contribute any amount you’d like. 


Submission Periods


January 1 - March 15

Send no more than three pages during the reading period. Please do not email your submission. Hybrid pieces are welcomed. Use the Submittable button above to submit.

Summer Flash Fiction (New in 2020:

April 1 - May 15

This July and August, we will feature one weekly flash fiction (under 500 words). The reading fee will be $5 and each submission will receive feedback. 

Selected authors will receive a token honorarium via Paypal (amount will depend on the number of submissions received) and their work will be promoted on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 

Artist Spotlight:

July 1 - July 31

Submit a link to your online portfolio (Instagram, website, web page, 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.

Short Stories (1000 - 2000 words): 

July 15 - August 31

Send no more than ONE piece during the reading period. Word limit: 1,000 - 2,000. Please do not email your submission. Flash fiction is welcomed. Use the Submittable button above to submit. 

Digging Press Chapbook Prize:

August 1 – October 15


December 1 - December 30

At the end of the year, we hold an open submission for authors who have published works in the last two years at other ONLINE journals. We do this to celebrate the best works published in the interwebs.

Space is limited so do send us your very best works to secure a spot. Submit your links through our Submittable page only. 

Digging Through The Fat / Digging Press