Witness seeks original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and photography that is innovative in its approach, broad-ranging in its concerns, and that dazzles us with its unique perspective. We often enjoy material that ventures into international terrain. 

Reading Periods 

Witness is published twice a year: a themed Spring print issue, and non-themed Fall/Winter online issue. 

August 15-October 1: Themed print issue. In 2018, we will be reading for the inaugural Witness Literary Awards during this reading period. 

January 15-March 15: Fall/Winter online issue. Please do not submit thematic work during the general reading period and vice versa.

(Submission windows are subject to early closure if submissions exceed the maximum number we can consider per issue.)

* Note: We are not currently accepting submissions of photo essays for Witness. We will hold submission periods for cover photo submissions only simultaneously with the above reading periods. 

General Guidelines: 

  • We do not accept previously published work. This includes material that has appeared online in any form or format, including personal blogs.   We do not accept multiple submissions for any single genre, though you may submit up to five poems as a single submission. 
  • Please wait for a response regarding a submission before sending more work. One active submission in each genre is allowed. We attempt to respond to all poetry submissions within four months; response times for fiction and nonfiction may be six months or longer, depending on the volume of submissions.
  • We allow simultaneous submissions provided you promptly withdraw your work if it is accepted elsewhere. In the case of poetry, if part of your submission has been accepted by another publication, please notify us at witness@unlv.edu. 

Witness pays $25 for every 1,500 words of prose and $25 per poem, ($50 for long poems, 3+ pages) for both print and online work.

The Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute (BMI) is an international literary center housed in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. BMI’s mission is to bring writers and the literary imagination into the heart of public life through live events, fellowships, publications, and student engagement opportunities. 

BMI is seeking a managing editor, hired on letter of appointment, to oversee all aspects of coordination and production for Witness, a triannual journal produced twice a year (twice online, once in print). Applicants will have considerable prowess and demonstrated abilities to assist in the production of a cutting edge and internationally-significant journal aimed at diverse audiences from around the world. 

About Witness

Witness blends the features of a literary and an issue-oriented journal to highlight the role of the modern writer as Witness to their times. Launched in Detroit in 1987, the magazine is best known for showcasing work that defines its historical moment; special issues have focused on political oppression, religion, the natural world, crime, aging, civil rights, love, and exile. The issues “New Nature Writing,” “The Sixties,” “Sports in America,” and “The Best of Witness, 1987 – 2004” eventually appeared as university press anthologies. 

Position Overview:

The managing editor ensures that the journal’s deadlines are met by coordinating personnel, assigning editorial, production, and marketing assignments to graduate students, and performing administrative duties. In addition, the managing editor will ensure the consistency and quality of Witness, stay on budget, and help guide the magazine’s overall tone and success via strong leadership and careful management of their production timeline. Building Witness’ brand, reputation, and circulation, through professional communications and promotions, is central to this position. 

In addition to overseeing a team of graduate students to produce each issue, the managing editor will serve as the primary point of contact for contributors and BMI staff. Working closely with BMI’s staff, the managing editor will help identify opportunities to collaborate with the institute’s other programs and initiatives. 

With support from students, the managing editor will oversee layout, editing, copyediting, proofing, and all other aspects of production. With support from students, the managing editor will submit files to the journal’s printer (and, ensure that all digital works are presented well online). 


· Ensure that Witness genre editors select and edit content on timeline

· Recruit new readers, editors, and editorial assistants/social media coordinators as needed

· Correspond with authors to collect all necessary materials for publication

· Coordinate author payments

· Copyedit content before publication in collaboration with editors

· Coordinate book design and proofread to ensure quality control and timely publication 

· Correspond with authors regarding changes to galley versions before publication

· Coordinate print and distribution process with printers

· Manage Witness’ budget with BMI’s Managing Director

· Manage  Witness’ social media team/editorial assistants 

· Oversee the creation of Witness’ newsletters, which serve to announce submission periods, themes, and local events.

· Create promotions and event plans for the annual Association of Writers & Writing Conferences (AWP) 

· Organize launch events in Las Vegas

· Participate in promotional opportunities such as readings, interviews, or classroom visits when invited, and serve as an ambassador of the journal 

· Collaborate with other journals to do social media exchanges and ad swaps to promote submission periods and new content

· Manage online sales and fulfillment 

· Work with BMI to initiate subscription promos

· Nominate contributors to relevant awards

More: This is a year-round, part-time position (approximately 10 hours/week, no benefits). Pay is dispersed via a flat monthly stipend, commensurate with experience. This is a Las Vegas based position. Applicants should have at least two years of managerial experience and three years of editorial experience, preferably in the role of Managing Editor. 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. We encourage you to submit your materials by May 18. 


UNLV is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action educator and employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas employs only United States citizens and non-citizens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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