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.

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Jaco Fouché New writing 2016-08-17

"For days the dog was subdued and miserable. It lay in the kitchen, not eating, but occasionally sighing through its nose."

Night Watch

Heidi Henning New writing 2016-08-02

"Forgotten honey and milk ..."

we are

Toast Coetzer New writing 2016-08-02

"when we call, our voices
dissolve, across the water,
in Vietnam, a giant soft-shell turtle ..."


Charles Marais New writing 2016-07-06

"My losses now lie quietly –
a landscape of perfect ruins, softly shining
with ferns and moss in the low light"

In the scheme of things

Charles Marais New writing 2016-06-14

"In the scheme of things
I cast small shadows ..."

I am of this gender

Lazola Pambo New writing 2016-04-07

"I am of this gender
which has been shunned by society ..."

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."