South Africa's best magazine of new writing. We publish fiction, non-fiction and poetry in all of South Africa's languages. Launched May 2013.

Prufrock was started in South Africa in 2013 as a place where young and emerging African writers could publish short stories, poetry and long-form non-fiction. We’re not yet able to pay contributors ( and we aren’t paid either, and any funding or income we receive goes towards printing costs, distribution and our website), but we offer thorough editing and good design, in print and we work hard to make sure Prufrock travels far and wide. It’s currently stocked throughout South Africa, through Exclusive books and independent bookstores, as well as in Paris, at Shakespeare & Co., New York, at McNally Jackson, and London, at Prufrock Coffee.

Our writers have used their pieces to apply successfully for writing scholarships, including The Miles Morland Scholarship. They have won and be shortlisted for writing prizes including the Caine Prize and have gone on to publish poetry and short story collections, nonfiction books, and articles in the Sunday Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker and more, in some cases as a direct result of their work being seen in the magazine. We are happy to provide references or do competition legwork. Most of all, we want to see new stories told by new writers, edited and laid out to make them shine, and to create a magazine that is surprising and satisfying to read.

Editor: Helen Sullivan

Fiction Editor: Nick Mulgrew
Non-fiction Editor: Simone Haysom
Poetry Editor: Genna Gardini

Thank you to the Miles Morland Foundation for their generous sponsorship of issues 11 - 15.

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A big thank you to our sponsors!

Issues 9 and 10 of Prufrock were made possible with funding from Nedbank and the Arts & Culture Trust. 


The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency. The primary aim of ACT is to increase the amount of funding available for arts and culture initiatives, and to apply these funds to innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society. Through structured funding programmes, ACT provides support for all expressions of arts and culture, including literature, music, visual art, theatre and dance, and the support extends to festivals, community arts initiatives, arts management, arts education and arts administration.

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The Nedbank Arts Affinity is a proud supporter of the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT). Since the inception of ACT in 1994, Nedbank has raised and distributed nearly R15 million through our Arts Affinity Programme, in support of more than 800 South African arts, culture and heritage development projects, at no cost to our clients. To open a 

Nedbank Arts Affinity account please visit any Nedbank branch or call 0860 DO GOOD (36 4663). For more information please visit www.nedbankarts.co.za