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 three times a year: a themed Spring print issue, and non-themed Summer & Winter online issues. 

January 15–March 31: Themed print issue. The theme for Spring 2018 is "Abandon".

September 1–November 15: Non-themed Summer and Winter online issues. All submissions will be considered for both issues. 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, for both print and online work.

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All images must be previous unpublished, either in print or online.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.
Witness is a publication of the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas