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 a podcast and host a reading series. As an organization 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-four 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.

2022- 2023 Submission Periods

Digging Press Chapbook Prize: November 1, 2022 – February 28, 2023; $15 reading fee. VIEW GUIDELINES HERE

Artist Spotlight: Jan 1 – Feb 28, 2023.

Poetry: April 1 – June 15, 2023; $3.50 fee; Contributors receive $15 per poem selected.

Short Stories / Flash Fiction: Sept 1 – Nov 30, 2023; $3.50 fee. Contributors receive $15 per flash fiction; $20 per short story.

Community/Fundraiser: ONGOING. Our Community Fundraiser-An opportunity for authors to reintroduce their previously published works at other 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. You can submit up to two URL links. $5 fee. If your links are declined, you can opt for a $5 refund.

FEES for Submissions: We require a modest reading/review fee to help fund our literary projects. If you have difficulty making this payment, email for assistance.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as they are indicated as such and the submission is withdrawn from Submittable immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.

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 three to four 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.

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.

9 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

    1. Fixed!

  3. Emily B Scialom – 'The Relgion of Self-Enlightenment' is my debut book. It's about a new religion focusing on the peaceful internal quest to find our eternal being's source. It's said that every individual person's journey will lead to the same destination of love through a variety of different routes, which produces a variety of different experiences on Earth and in the afterlife. You can purchase it on, Waterstones, or on the Olympia Publishers site. My second novel, 'The Rivers', is a love story with lots of poetry, politics and romance. It's being published by Austin Macauley soon!
    Emily B Scialom says:

    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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