There are presently no open calls for submissions.
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.
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.