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.


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."

A painting grows on your wall

Dick Romeo Matshaba 2013-08-06 "How back to back we stood, and tall we stood?
How we then read in books the lives we took.
Now a painting grows on you wall"


Early evening

Wesley Roodt 2013-08-06 "Early evening and the great, glowing globe
Is half hidden beneath the horizon.
No orange array salutes its passing,
Only the quiet coo of pigeons
And the slow pitter-patter
Of garden irrigation."


The fair

Wesley Roodt 2013-07-31

"South Africa’s favourite fairground attraction
Is ninety-five years old

Test match (Some sessions)

Adriaan Coetzee 2013-07-31

"Leave the referral
Bowler’s got him plumb within a plum
Watchman to the stumps"

Interpreting Nuremberg

Celesté Fritze 2013-07-24 "In my life I craved the words Richard said
to Jewish parents English meant safety
In his time he had Höss plead to the dead"


3 Poems

Celia Claase 2013-07-15

"It’s because emotion forbids music that silence holds grace
with no background din to ease or disturb the radar of bats"

Night swimming

Heidi Henning 2013-06-25 Your dreams are shipwrecked
paint-washed, bleached
boxed in the sea, floating unidentified.

Caravans of the night

Estelle Z 2013-06-11 A poem for when the night falls

The last romantic

Dick Romeo Matshaba 2013-06-11 Dick Romeo Matshaba writes of a man who falls in love on the streets of Pretoria's Arcadia.


Heidi Henning 2013-06-04

"If I could hold you
in my bowl-shaped hands"


Heidi Henning 2013-05-20 "A border becomes a gateway
they stamp over the barbed wire, fearless,
moving into a softer place"

Age of Blossom

Isobel Dixon 2013-05-14 The acclaimed South African poet Isobel Dixon sent LitNet two of her latest poems, never published before. These poems form part of a collaboration with Scottish artist Douglas Robertson in which they respond in different poetic and artistic ways to DH Lawrence's Birds, Beasts and Flowers (1923).

Acacia Karroo

Isobel Dixon 2013-05-14 The acclaimed South African poet, Isobel Dixon, sent LitNet two of her latest poems, never published before. These two poems form part of a collaboration with Scottish artist Douglas Robertson in which they respond in different poetic and artistic ways to D H Lawrence's Birds, Beasts and Flowers (1923).

Bridging gaps with words

Isobel Dixon 2013-05-14 Acclaimed South African poet and literary agent Isobel Dixon works in London, but is currently visiting South Africa for the Franschhoek Literary Festival. Rentia Bartlett-Möhl spoke to her about travelling, displacement, bridging continents and collaboration.

Like tongues of flame and Flamingo clouds

Ros Wagener 2013-05-08

Ros Wagener writes two effortless poems with attention to sound about a poinsettia, two birds and rosy clouds.