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.

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Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as they are indicated as such and the submission is withdrawn from Submittable immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Only previously unpublished prose and poetry will be considered for publication.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

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. 


2020 – 2021
Submission Periods

Flash Fiction
April 1 – May 31, 2021

Artist Spotlight:
Aug 1 – Aug 31, 2021


Digging Press Chapbook Prize
September 1 – November 15, 2021
See guidelines here.


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. 


Short Stories:
TBA – Word limit: up to 2,000 words.


TBA – Send no more than three pages during the reading period. Hybrid pieces are welcomed. 

  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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