We publish prose/poetry from emerging and established writers and poets throughout the year. We also periodically publish personal essays, interviews, reviews, and web links to previously published works. Please do not contact our editors directly regarding the status of your submission. Submissions are only considered via Submittable.

Upcoming Submission Periods for Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Short Stories

Send up to three poems in a single upload. Your submission should not exceed three pages.
Submission dates: April 15, 2017 to June 30, 2017

Short Stories and Flash Fiction
Send no more than ONE fiction piece during the reading period. Word limit: 2,000 or less.
Submission dates: September 15, 2017 – December 1, 2017

We only read blind submissions for fiction and poetry. That said, we welcome submissions from ALL. We especially want to encourage more submissions from women and nonbinary people, people of color, and the LGBTQIA and Disability communities. Help Digging Through The Fat grow in diversity and beauty! 

Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as they are indicated as such and the submission is withdrawn from Submittable immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Only previously unpublished works will be considered for publication.


A few times a year we post web links to previously published works. Our next submission period for the Community page is March 1, 2017 – March 24, 2017.

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. Community is a celebration of the author and the literary journal where the work appears. We do not reprint text.

Nonfiction – (not blind)

From January 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017, we welcome nonfiction submissions of typically less than 2,000 words in the following categories:

Reviews – books, film, music, art, and other
Q&A – short, question and answer interviews
Essays – critical or personal essays

Send no more than ONE piece during the reading period. Only previously unpublished works will be considered for publication.

Accepted Work

Accepted works will appear on the Digging Through The Fat website. With permission from our published contributors, we may include accepted works in promotional material, and, at a later date, in a Digging Through The Fat anthology. Therefore, submitted work must be previously unpublished. Web links to works submitted for our Community page are not considered for promotional material or the anthology.


You can also read our guidelines on Submittable.

For general inquiries, please submit questions via our comments section below.


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  5. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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

  6. 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

  7. Hello, the current submission period for fiction shows two word limits: 2,000 in the guidelines section, and 3,000 on the submittable form. Not sure which one I should defer to? Thanks!

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