Witness had announced that in 2011, the publication will be “returning to its roots”: in addition to their annual print issue, they will begin publishing two online-only issues each year in May and September. The print issue will be devoted to a single topic, the theme of which will be announced at the opening of their submission period, and the online issues will feature new work of any theme.
“Blurring Borders,” their thematic print issue, will be available in January, followed by an online issue in May and another in September. Then, in January 2012, Witness will publish their next print issue, focused on disaster. New calls for submissions for all of these editions can be found at their web site.
By publishing online-only issues, Witness editor Amber Withycombe say the publication “will be able to cost-effectively share more writing with you and simultaneously grant broader access to the work we publish. We will make no distinction between the quality of the work that appears in our print and online issues, and contributors to each medium will be paid equally. Additionally, all of our online content will be free to readers.”