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

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.

Please limit your submission to one essay at a time. All forms of literary or creative nonfiction are welcome.

  • Please include a title in the Title Box on the submission page.
  • All files must be saved in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Rich Text Format (.rtf).
  • Work should be double-spaced and set in a standard (Times, Helvetica, Arial) 12-point typeface.
  • Please include any cover letters in the Cover Letter box on the submission page.

WItness is currently reading for our inaugural Witness Literary Awards in Fiction and Poetry. Witness seeks to highlight the role of the modern writer as witness to their time.  We welcome work that declares and/or demands a new persepctive to the everyday condition, and stories that contextualize American experience, highlight issues of global concern, grapple with the relationship between the personal and the political (however defined), and/or keenly observe interior/exterior landscapes. Please do familiarize yourself with Witness--past issues are online at https://witness.blackmountaininstitute.org

For fiction, the judge is Lesley Nneka Arimah.

One winner in each genre will receive $500 and publication in Witness. One runner up will receive $250 and publication in Witness. All contest entries will be considered for publication.

Guidelines:

* Please submit one story (8,000 words maximum

* All files must be saved in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Rich Text Format (.rtf).

* Work should be double-spaced and set in a standard 12-point typeface.

* As the judging for the contest is done blind, we ask that you leave all identifying information off the manuscript itself. Please include all identifying information and contact information in your cover letter.

* Please include a title of titles in the Title Box on the submission page.

* Entry fee is $10

* Simultaneous submissions are fine if withdrawn immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.

* Writers associated with the judge, Black Mountain Institute, or UNLV are not eligible to submit.

We look forward to reading your work!

WItness is currently reading for our inaugural Witness Literary Awards in Fiction and Poetry. We seek poems that highlight the role of the modern writer as witness to their time and declare and demand a new persepctive to the everyday condition. We welcome work that contextualizes American experience, highlights issues of global concern, grapples with the relationship between the personal and the political (however defined), and/or keenly observes interior/exterior landscapes. Please do familiarize yourself with Witness--past issues are online at https://witness.blackmountaininstitute.org

For poetry, the judge is Hanif Abdurraqib.

One winner in each genre will receive $500 and publication in Witness. One runner up will receive $250 and publication in Witness. All contest entries will be considered for publication.

Guidelines:

* Please submit 1-3 poems (Word doc preferred).

* As the judging for the contest is done blind, we ask that you leave all identifying information off the manuscript itself. Please include all identifying information and contact information in your cover letter.

* Please include a title of titles in the Title Box on the submission page.

* Entry fee is $10

* Simultaneous submissions are fine if withdrawn immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.

* Writers associated with the judge, Black Mountain Institute, or UNLV are not eligible to submit.

We look forward to reading your 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). 

Responsibilities: 

· 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. 


EEO/AA STATEMENT

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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Witness Vol. XXXII, No. 1: Disarm
Spring 2019

Ready, aim, disarm. Send us to the unsettled conflict between truth and fiction. The target is rhetorical, political, or personal: We want to see your nonviolent power on the page, your ability to resist beyond the battlefield, your surprising willingness to give in to opposing forces. Station yourself with images. Can you lay down your weapon without abandoning the cause? What's making you want to surrender?

Witness will be accepting cover photo submissions for our 2019 print issue, "Disarm," through November 1, 2018. Traditionally we only publish color photos, and the photo will need to be in portrait orientation. 

Submit 1-5 images in jpeg or TIFF format for consideration. Please include a detailed caption for each, including time and place of capture. Please include caption information in your cover letter or upload as a text file. Images should, in some way, respond to the issue's theme.

All images must be previous unpublished, either in print or online. Submitters are welcome to discreetly watermark their images, if they prefer.

Payment: $150 for the selected cover photo.

Please note that we may also consider images for covers for forthcoming issues. Contract information will be forwarded upon acceptance.

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Witness is a publication of the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
witness.blackmountaininstitute.org
@witnessmag

Witness accepts photo submissions for its non-themed online issues year-round.

Submit a photo essay of at least 8 images in jpeg or TIFF format with a detailed caption for each, including time and place of capture. Please include caption information in your cover letter or upload as a text file. The series need not tell an explicit narrative, but should have some unity of subject, style, or theme.

All images must be previous unpublished, either in print or online. Submitters are welcome to discreetly watermark their images, if they prefer.

Payment: $150 for an individual photo that is used as a cover, or $400.00 for a photo essay.

Please note that we may also select individual images for covers for forthcoming issues. Pricing and contract information will be forwarded upon acceptance.
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Witness is a publication of the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
witness.blackmountaininstitute.org
@witnessmag
/witnessmag
Witness Magazine