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Ons Klyntji zine 2023

31 July 2023

Deadline for submissions: 31 July 2023

A poem submitted is worth three in the bush! You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it write a short story! Ons Klyntji zine is awaiting your poem, short story or any other creative submission including even a cell phone photo of that haiku scribbled on the back of a till slip. Please email yours to sendusyourpoems@gmail.com by midnight on 31 July 2023.


  • Send only your 3 best poems in any language you please (if other than Afrikaans or English, please provide a translation).
  • Important: Submit in a single Word document and add your name and surname to the top of the document.
  • For short stories (Afr/Eng), the word limit is 2000 words. Submit in Word format and add your name to the top of the story.
  • You may also submit non-fiction (music, road trips, nature, culture, anything really), teen diary entries, a good recipe for koeksisters, disallowed Scrabble words, doodles you made while on hold with Telkom, etc.
  • Do not submit written material in PDF format. We will only consider material submitted in Word. If your poem is shaped like a UFO, reconsider sending it. Unless it explodes in line one and keeps exploding until we have to use the eject seat.
  • Please state your preferred name and surname clearly, especially if you use a nom de plume.
  • For images (photos, drawings, cartoons, your fingerprint, etc), submit the material in black & white (grayscale for photos). Material must be high-res JPG files.
  • Keep in mind that we print in B&W only, and that the book size is very small (A6). Visual material that “reads” well when printed small will be given preference.
  • We do not pay contributors, but everyone who gets published will receive a free copy and can buy extra copies at near-cost (which you can then sell on for your own pocket).
  • Copyright remains with individual contributors.
  • There is no theme for submissions. We look for original pieces that capture something of our times – a truth – and carries the clear sound of integrity. Love poems that mention zombies will be preferred over those mentioning flowers, if you catch our drift.
  • If you do not hear from us via email by 30 August, you can assume that your submission was not successful this time around.
  • All contributions must be sent to sendusyourpoems@gmail.com.
  • The deadline is midnight on 31 July 2023.
  • Publication is scheduled for around October 2023.

What is Ons Klyntji? Ons Klyntji zine is an A6, 152-page, black-and-white paper publication celebrating South African and African creativity. We mostly publish poems, but also short stories, cartoons, photographs, etc. We operate under the auspices of klyntji.com (IG: @klyntji), edited by Francois Lion-Cachet. The zine is edited by Toast Coetzer, Alice Inggs, Erns Grundling and Joe Botha and others.


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