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.


Song for Aung (For Aung San Suu Kyi)

Babatunde Fagbayibo 2014-01-10 "An ill-defined oasis
within which freedom
finds an identity,

Truth dies

Babatunde Fagbayibo 2014-01-10 "Truth dies
at the doorstep of fragmented "truths",
and the jostle for supremacy
becomes the norm."

The human species

Celia Claase 2014-01-10

"We entered this solid plane like asteroids
on a mission to kill without thought

So we domesticated the buffalo for an easy
merciful cut
befriended wolves to help us sniff rabbits ou"

Whimsical generator

Heidi Henning 2013-12-04

"You and I have a complicated relationship
Like a long unbalanced equation
Requiring a clear mind, in the heat-fatigued night"

I stared

Chris Taljaard 2013-12-04

"I stared
at the stark
and felt the light
to dim."

Through realms of scattered verse

Chris Taljaard 2013-11-27

"Through realms of scattered verse
I lead processions in a pale hearse
of images of penultimate

Netpoets 2.0

Rentia Bartlett-Mohl 2013-11-20 Write a poem with the theme “the internet”. Use the internet as a medium to look at how we read and write poetry in the digital age.


Heidi Henning 2013-11-20 "Long into the afternoon shadows
As I search through the dark pool of sounds
for the same lost call."



Heidi Henning 2013-10-29 "The rays of light have become irresponsible
They sparkle with a slightly more subtle shine"

Hello there, kettle

Chris Taljaard 2013-10-23

"Kettle, could you forgive me
if I were to call you black?
You see, in you lies my story
reflected, burning, back"

Should this catharsis contain some portent

Chris Taljaard 2013-10-23

"Should this catharsis contain some portent,
purport or potential politick;
should it conform to some shape and indent-
ation to be poetic rhetoric?"


Heidi Henning 2013-09-18

"The heart carries loss like a soldier
Stoic, strong, continuing to function"

Wind Cathedral

Heidi Henning 2013-09-18

"This place is quiet
silence dominates the days
before sunset, a breeze begins to move the sand"


renee 2013-09-11

"Go with the flow, he says
Who says? He, he who dishes the dirt,
poison for the pores, the nerve endings, the brain"

The born-frees

Baipedi Mosebi 2013-09-03

"What worth is your bravery?
As I’m surrounded by poverty
What for was all that chivalry?
I’m a born-free, for I stand proudly jobless"

To Whom It May Concern

Celia Claase 2013-09-03

"A large life should not end ordinarily
quietly during sleep
in isolation or at the turn of a switch"

Stormy weather

Heidi Henning 2013-08-27

"The collecting of clouds, gathering grey matter
behind the blue gum trees
magnifying the bird calls
the rising humidity"

Through a haze of menthol

Wesley Roodt 2013-08-27 "Through a haze of menthol-infused
Cigarette smoke
I see his head bobbing back and forth
With the basic rhythms
Of the music in his mind"


Sol Plaatje European Union Award Poetry Award 2013

2013-08-27 Entries for the third Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award for poetry in all 11 South African languages have reopened! Winning poems will form part of a poetry anthology that honours the spirit of Sol Plaatje, the activist, linguist and translator, novelist, journalist and leader. The deadline for submissions is now Monday 9 September 2013.

Expression is Golden

Nthabeleng Mzizi 2013-08-13 "InZync poetry sessions are a surprisingly humble space where bras and sisters come together in an intimate cipher, where rappers informally freestyle over self-created beats, a pre-game warm-up rolling together blades of spiritual enlightenment, avoiding the blue lights of the five o’s and sharing a moment while spitting lyrical lines."