Witness is published three times a year, in January, May, and September. Unsolicited work is welcome during one of our two submission periods: September 1 to December 1 for general work or January 1 to April 1 for thematic work. We accept original fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
We prefer work that is contemporary in its setting, outward-looking in its perspective, and mindful of the modern writer’s role as witness to his or her times. We also enjoy material that ventures into international terrain.
General Issues (Volume XXV, Numbers 2 and 3 — 2012)
SUBMIT SEPTEMBER 1 TO DECEMBER 1
During our fall reading period, we welcome submissions addressed to any topic or theme. General work is published in our online issues, which appear in May and September. We make no distinction between the quality of the work we select for print and online publication. Each online issue contains original, online-only content, and all of the work we publish online is free to readers. The submission period for our 2012 online issues is September 1 to December 1, 2011.
Special Issue: Redemption (Volume XXVI, Number 1 — 2013)
SUBMIT JANUARY 1 TO APRIL 1
The theme for our 2013 special print issue is redemption. We invite work that addresses any facet of this subject. The submission period for our 2013 print issue will be January 1 to April 1, 2012.