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Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as they are indicated as such and the submission is withdrawn from Submittable immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Only previously unpublished prose and poetry will be considered for publication.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


Summer Flash Fiction (New in 2020):April 1 – May 15 (due date extended to 5/31/2020)

New in Summer 2020, we will feature flash fiction (under 500 words). The reading fee is $5 and each submission will receive feedback. Selected authors receive a $25 honorarium via Paypal and their work will be promoted on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Artist Spotlight:

Aug 1 – Aug 31

Visual artists submit a link to your online portfolio (Instagram, website, web page, etc.) a short bio, artist statement, and three high-resolution .jpeg images that best represent 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. Open to visual artists only. $3 fee.

September 1 – November 15

Also, see guidelines here.


December 1 – December 31

Every 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.

Only include TWO literary journal publication links per submission period and only submit once per period. Please note: we only accept web links to works published at other literary journals. We do not reprint text.

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

Short Stories:

January 15 – February 28, 2021
Send no more than ONE piece during the reading period. Word limit: 1,000 to 2,000. Please do not email your submission. Use the Submittable button above to submit.


March 1 – April 15, 2021

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.

  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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