Witness XXVIII.2 (Summer 2015) Now Live

Witness XXVIII.2 (Summer 2015) Now Live

The Witness Summer 2015 issue (XXVIII.2) is now live.
Five Stars: The Review Review has a rave one for Witness

Five Stars: The Review Review has a rave one for Witness

"When I was young and growing up in a small town in Kentucky, popular magazines like National Geographic helped me feel connected to the wider world. Witness is the kind of magazine that appeals to the grown-up version of that child–the person who wants to see and encounter the world...
Photo Essay Submissions

Photo Essay Submissions

Witness is now accepting submissions of photo essays for our Summer and Winter online issues.
Witness Featured in "Top 50 Literary Magazines" List

Witness Featured in “Top 50 Literary Magazines” List

Witness appears in Every Writer's Resource's list of top fifty literary magazines.
Witness fiction included in Best American Short Stories Notables List

Witness fiction included in Best American Short Stories Notables List

The 2012 Best American Short Stories notables list includes three pieces of fiction first published in Witness.
Witness Reviewed by Newpages.com

Witness Reviewed by Newpages.com

Witness's Spring 2012 print issue "Disaster" was recently reviewed by Newpages.com.


Ashley Gilbertson

Ashley Gilbertson / VII


Sara C. Thomason, Liberation Day

John Colasacco, The Boy Who Didn’t Wash

Chris Fink, Strings

Lindsay Sproul, Jack Armstrong

Gwen Goodkin, One From Many


Mike Smith, Shadow Texts


Lia Greenwell, Montauk, NY

Christopher Citro, Nerve Endings Like Strawberry Runners

Cody Ernst, Unstuck

Derek Gromadzki, Escapement

Virginia Konchan, Anodyne

Kathleen S. Johnston, A practical assignment

Aimée Baker, Go, Roam

Francisco Urondo, Goodbyes. Translated from the Spanish by Julia Leverone.

Witness blends the features of a literary and an issue-oriented magazine to highlight the role of the modern writer as witness to his or her 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, ethnic America, 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.In 2007, Witness moved to Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The magazine now publishes one special print issue and two general online issues each year and increasingly seeks out work that contextualizes the American experience by highlighting issues of global concern.