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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not contact our editors or staff readers directly about the status of your submission.
2022- 2023 Submission Periods
Artist Spotlight: Jul 1 – Jul 31, 2022 (free)
Digging Press Chapbook Prize: March 1 – May 31, 2023; $15 reading fee
Poetry: Mar 1 – April 30, 2023; $3.50 fee; Contributors receive $10 per poem selected.
Community/Fundraiser: ONGOING. Our Community Fundraiser-An opportunity for authors to reintroduce their previously published works at other literary journals. A $5 donation is encouraged. Donations collected help us pay any print production costs associated with our Chapbook Series.
We only accept URL links to other literary journals. We do not reprint text. Space is limited so do send us your very best works to secure a spot. You can submit up to two URL links.
*This donation does not guarantee acceptance. If your links are declined, you can opt for a $5 refund.
READING FEES for Fiction, Poetry, and Chapbook Submissions: We require a modest reading fee to help fund our literary projects. If you have difficulty making this payment, email email@example.com fo 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Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as they are indicated as such and the submission is withdrawn from Submittable immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.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 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.
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.