New writing

Fiction and prose by established and emerging authors. Send your poetry or fiction to Chris Brunette 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.


On reading Ezra Pound’s "Alba"

Abigail George New writing 2016-02-24

"I thought I had made a friend.
The muse stings while children sings."

The Tussle Between Patience And Polite

Ndaba Sibanda New writing 2016-02-23

"Hey you, Patience, I know you are in there."

Do You Know Bulawayo?

Ndaba Sibanda New writing 2016-02-23

"They were telling them that the moment
one saw the words 'Welcome to Bulawayo',
the city's appeal greeted one warmly."

Vladimir Nabokov

Abigail George New writing 2016-02-10

"Remainders of the day
locked away inside the
health of a scientific sun."

New writing: The break-up

Karina Magdalena Szczurek New writing 2016-02-02

"It was in this moment that I realised that I was missing something vital in this whole set-up. That there was a silence between us as well."

Vonani Bila

Abigail George New writing 2016-01-27

"Only do this I tell myself.
Write a poem for yourself.
That narrative is interspersed
With both despair and hope."

Virginia Woolf’s River Ouse (an experimental poem in eleven haiku)

Abigail George New writing 2015-12-21

"Search Woolf’s voyage out ..."

Paris, France

Abigail George New writing 2015-11-25

"You threw me away./ Said you were tired."

Second-hand bookstore, Cape Town

Stephen Symons New writing 2015-11-17

"He wonders – how whole worlds can be buckled into suitcases or taped into wine cartons."


Stephen Symons New writing 2015-11-06

"I’ve abandoned this poem/ to watch a kite weighted/ by a flower pot/ inhale and exhale"


Stephen Symons New writing 2015-11-06

"the morning bulges/ with sparked green light"

Hani, Malema, Ramaphosa, Zuma

Abigail George New writing 2015-11-06

An experimental poem in twelve haiku

Julius Malema

Abigail George New writing 2015-11-06

"Malema, my Noah’s Ark./ My Jonah’s Whale./ The Johannesburg people’s patriarch./ My country of ice cream."

The tale of the merboy and the mother

Stephen Symons New writing 2015-10-30

"The merboy seemed heavier, his breathing was slow, steady,/ his wide eyes fixed skywards – snagged by a full moon."


Stephen Symons New writing 2015-10-30

"existence stifles, drawing thick breath/ heaven has stripped to its underwear"

23 October 2015, South Africa

Abigail George New writing 2015-10-27

"I remembered/ Bantu education./ Hector Pieterson./ Youth taking to the streets."

A moth, quivering

Chris Taljaard Poësie 2015-10-19

"Desperately/ He distorted his vision/ And read between edges/ His eyes began to bleed."

A silver fish swallowed my mother

Celesté Fritze Poësie 2015-10-16

"White, like the fishermen’s cottages in her favourite tapestry of the Sardinian Sea."

What is preventing linguistic cross-pollination?

Karin Schimke Books and writers 2015-09-16

On UWC Creates and the lack of literary translations from and into other indigenous languages.

To see a psyche rent

Chris Taljaard New writing 2015-06-26

"a psyche which is  rent ..."