New writing

Fiction and prose by established and emerging authors. Send your poetry or fiction to New Writing at to be considered for publication on LitNet.

Please note that work previously published in print or on any online media platform will not be considered for selection.


The owl and the swan

Ingrid de Kok 2011-04-07 The owl and the swan For AK and JS A spotted eagle owl swooped on to his Cape Town roof like the vengeance of the Lord, sat there silently for ...


Heidi Henning 2011-04-05 Misheard A border fence in the rain of the Eastern Cape An empty room on the farm A shadow Is where I see you A dune we once jumped over Is where you are A bag of plastic animals Becoming Games There are no more of our games Only chess With changed ...

Why you should never love a poet is because

Richard Higgs 2011-01-26 Why you should never love a poet is because Why you should never love a poet is because It all sounds very romantic and mysterious and exciting, but A poet is self-serving, self-obsessed, self-absorbed; A poet is emotionally expedient, dwarfed and ...

red-winged starlings

Toast Coetzer 2010-09-28 red-winged starlings they hang there for a moment like ninjas in an ang lee film pondering their brilliance the digital dusk on their wings and the parking lot below before unfreezing fast-forwarding up and away towards sleeping trees still to be ...

translating the untranslatable

Karlien van der Schyff 2010-02-10 deciphering your smile ...

In a language that you know

Len Verwey 2008-10-13 I could talk to you morein a late language we both know,sink-scouring double penetration running make-up language,I could believe no matter what you claim,no matter how you change your storyor what you smell of, what places,long closed down, you say ...

NetRaad: Michelle Matthews

Michelle Matthews 2006-12-11 Michelle Matthews dishes out advice to writers starting out

Submission requirements: Poetry

2000-01-01  Send your poems to for consideration – no more than five poems per submission, please.

Submission requirements: Fiction

2000-01-01  Send your short story (500 to 2000 words) or flashfiction (maximum 500 words) to