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List of South African Literary Journals (publishing in English)

This list comes courtesy of Robert Berold, to which I’ve made one subtraction and one addition! Aerodrome    (updated online journal + 1 print issue/year)   poetry and prose www.aerodrome.co.za [online + print] submissions:  via website Botsotso  (about 1 issue/year)    poetry and prose PO Box 30952, Braamfontein, 2017     www.botsotso.org.za    [online + print] submissions: [email protected] Chimurenga   (2 issues/year)    …

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draft #1

-Reviewed by Claire Trévien– draft is a new literary and fine art zine created by Magdaleen du Toit as a ‘platform for young creative people’. It’s beautifully printed on recycled paper with cover art by Anico Mostert and is very reasonably priced at 25 Rand (roughly £1). In the tradition of zines, you’d struggle to…

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Paper & Ink #7: Hangovers

– Reviewed by Jenna Clake – The theme for Paper & Ink’s seventh issue is ‘hangovers’, which (perhaps inevitably) results in a dark, unrelenting read. Not that editor Martin Appleby is unaware of this; he concedes: ‘After reading this issue you will probably feel like you have been for a night on the booze with Charles…

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Open Pen #15

– Reviewed by Joseph Johnston – Open Pen recognises the demand short stories make of their writers. Though small in scale and in form, they require vast amounts of effort and time to be given if they’re to be crafted properly. By focusing on certain details and magnifying them, they turn the minutia of life…

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Funhouse Magazine #1

-Reviewed by Jessica Gregory- Funhouse Magazine, with its first instalment, is purposely playful, light-hearted and experimental; it engages with the surreal and the profane rather than adhering to the model of character-driven narrative fiction. Fun is a primary objective, and hopefully, with their combination of comics, fiction and illustration it doesn’t leave the reader disappointed.…

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Paper and Ink #5: Damn the Man

– Reviewed by Steve Nash – Issue 5 of the punk DIY zine Paper and Ink sets its sights on damning the man. This aesthetically-pleasing, and deceptively vast, issue presents a series of polemic, comical, heart-breaking and often startling treatises on scraping through the days in soul-sapping non-careers.  In addition to the bile, though, it…

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Boscombe Revolution #3

– Reviewed by Jennifer Edgecombe – Issue 3 of Boscombe Revolution is a collection of 21 poems and prose, by 17 authors, on the following themes: *work which interprets ‘revolution’ from a women’s / feminist  perspective *work from Black women and other Women of Colour *work from poets and writers of all genders, sexual orientations   and dis…