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 AlvarezAs 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Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as they are indicated as such and the submission is withdrawn from Submittable immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Only previously unpublished prose and poetry will be considered for publication.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. Artist submitting to our spotlight feature should also use Submittable (see button below). 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


Short Stories and Flash Fiction:

July 15 – August 31

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. Use the Submittable button above to submit.

Digging Press Chapbook Competition


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

Also, see guidelines here:


November 1 – November 30

Every November, 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.


January 1 – February 28

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.

Artist Spotlight:

June 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.

15 thoughts on “Submissions

  1. I would like to submit the link of my poetry blog three by 3 to the Community sector. I realize that the deadline was March 23 but hope there is a grace period. If not, please advise advise the dates of the next opening. Thank you.

    1. We had an overwhelming response to our Community call. We will be reviewing submissions over the next month or so. I suggest you wait for the next call, which will be after September. Thank you so much.

    1. Hi Steven,
      You should receive notification before the end of this month. So sorry for the delay. We like to publish about 10 – 12 writers per post.
      Thanks so much for your patience.
      Gessy Alvarez

  2. Hey there! My story “Jingping” was part of Community No. 18, but the link you put up goes to a different story in the same journal. It’s not a bad one, but could you change the hyperlink so it goes to mine? Thanks, -F

  3. My debut novel, ‘The Religion of Self-Enlightenment’, has been
    declared “a cult sensation” which is “selling out across the region”
    by the Cambridge News. I am wondering if you could review or feature
    it in your magazine? It took me ten years to write and gets straight
    to the heart of the matter with regards to religious confusion.

    My website,, should tell you more.

    1. Congratulations, Emily. We are currently closed for book reviews but will add you to our list. Thanks for inquiring.

      Digging Team

  4. I know I’ve submitted experimental fiction here before, but I’ve no clue if it was ever published. Too much to keep track of. Glad I found you again!

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