Reading Periods 

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.

January 15–March 31: Themed print issue. (The theme for XXXI.1, Spring 2018, is yet to be determined.)

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 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All images must be previous unpublished, either in print or online.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: $400.00 for each selected photo essay, with a photograph being featured as the cover image for the online issue.

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