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.
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 email@example.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Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as they are indicated as such and the submission is withdrawn from Submittable immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Only previously unpublished prose and poetry will be considered for publication.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. Please use our Submittable link below and read our guidelines carefully.
Check out our editor’s interview with Six Questions For… here.
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.
2020 – 2021
April 1 – May 31, 2021
Aug 1 – Aug 31, 2021
Community / Fundraiser
December 1 – January 31, 2020
Our Community feature is an opportunity for authors to introduce a new audience to their previously published works. Once a year, we hold an open submission period for authors who have recent publications in other ONLINE literary journals. We only accept URL links to other literary journals. We do not reprint text. Space is limited – do send us your very best works to secure a spot. This is an annual fundraiser. A $5 fee* is required with your submission. You can submit up to three URL links with your $5 fee.
*This fee does not guarantee acceptance. If your links are declined, you can opt for a $5 refund. All fees collected will support our 2021 Honoraria Fund for Digging Contributors. Past fees, donations, and purchases have supported our 2020 Flash Fiction Series contributors, as well as, our Chapbook Series winners and finalists.
TBA – Send no more than three pages during the reading period. Hybrid pieces are welcomed.