Digging Through The Fat is a web journal for cultural omnivores. We began in 2013 as a call for literary action. We want to encourage risks and redefine narratives. Our mission is to nurture experimentation in the arts.

We showcase prose, poetry, and visual arts from emerging and established creative folks throughout the year.

This web journal is part of Digging Through The Fat Press, LLC, an organization committed to promoting the literary and visual arts.

Upcoming Submission Periods

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

Send up to three poems in a single upload. Your submission should not exceed three pages. Closed for submissions.

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!  


A few times a year we post web links to previously published works. Our next submission period for the Community page is March 1, 2018 – March 24, 2018.

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.


(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 Only previously unpublished works will be considered for publication.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as they are indicated as such and the submission is withdrawn from Submittable immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Only previously unpublished works will be considered for publication.

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 Therefore, submitted work must be previously unpublished.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.