Martin Egblewogbe is a writer and lecturer at the University of Ghana. He is the author of Mr Happy and The Hammer of God and other Stories (Ayebia, 2012). His writing has appeared in the 2014 Caine Prize anthology, PEN America’s Passages Africa (2015), All The Good Things Around Us (Ayebia, 2016), and Litro #162: Literary Highlife (2017). He is a co-founder and director of the Writers Project of Ghana.

Sibongile Fisher is a poet, writer and drama facilitator from Johannesburg. She is the co-founder of The Raising Zion Foundation, which promotes literature, poetry and the performing arts in high schools. She is the winner of the 2016 Short Story Day Africa Prize.

Lienkie Fredericks is into studying the brain and gender bias; sometimes she writes, and sometimes she ghts.

Franki Jenkins is a South African student, teacher and writer currently based in Buenos Aires.

Bongani Kona is a freelance writer based in Cape Town. He is a contributor to the Mail & Guardian and Sunday Times, and is a contributing editor at the Chimurenga Chronic. He was shortlisted for the 2016 Caine Prize.

Sarah Lubala is a Congolese-born South African development worker, currently work- ing for an education NGO in Johannesburg Her poems have been published in Type/ Cast, Brittle Paper and The Missing Slate.

Rosa Lyster is a writer living in Cape Town.

Phil Kramer is a musician, DJ, furniture designer, and infrequent animator.

Maneo Mohale is an editor, feminist writer and poet. Her work has been published internationally, most notably in Bitch Magazine, where she was the 2016 Global Feminism Writing Fellow.

Nick Mulgrew is, among other things, Prufrock’s nonfiction editor and designer. His latest book is The First Law of Sadness (David Philip, 2017), from which his story in this issue is taken.

Ariana Munsamy is a writer, poet, and artist currently working as an editor for The Tempest. She has had poetry published in Type/Cast and Ja. Her work focuses on the South Asian diaspora and experience.

Sydney Ribot is an American- Argentinian lmmaker. She studied Asian and Middle Eastern History at Dartmouth College and Harvard University, and has lived in Turkey for six years.

Andre Sales is a bookseller at Clarke’s Bookshop, and is the host of La Petite Mort, a series of occasional dinners at his house in the Bo-Kaap.

Francine Simon’s debut collection, Thungachi, was published earlier this year by uHlanga. Born in Durban, she is currently a PhD candidate in English at Stellenbosch University.

eley Williams is a writer and lecturer based in Ealing, London. Her collection of short stories Attrib. And Other Stories (In ux Press, 2017) was chosen by Ali Smith as one of the best debut works of fiction published in 2017. Twice shortlisted for the White Review Prize, her work has appeared in the London Review of Books, Ambit and the Cambridge Literary Review. She is the co-editor of ction at 3:AM.

Rachel Zadok is the author of two novels: Gem Squash Tokoloshe (2005), shortlist- ed for The Whitbread First Novel Award and The John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and longlisted for the IMPAC Award; and Sister-sister (2013), shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg Prize and The Herman Charles Bosman Prize, and longlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Award. She is the managing editor of Short Story Day Africa.

The Illustrator

All illustrations in this issue, unless specified otherwise, are by Jess Bosworth Smith. Bosworth Smith’s work explores concepts of memory, magical realism and the uncanny. She received an Honours in Visual Studies (Illustration) Cum Laude from Stellenbosch University in 2016. Prior to that, she obtained a Fine Arts degree from Rhodes University in 2011. In 2017, she was selected for as a Design Indaba Emerging Creative, while her book, Those Who Eat the Tail, was selected for the 2017 ABSA l’Atelier exhibition.


P. R. Anderson is the author of two volumes of poetry and editor of an anthology of South African love poems. Recently he has published criticism of translations of the contemporary Italian poet Valerio Magrelli; he lectures in English at the University of Cape Town.

Mara Boccaccio was born in Genoa. She currently lives and works in Cape Town, teaching Italian at the University of Cape Town and for La Società Dante Alighieri.

Jonathan Botha is an auditor by profession but enjoys scribbling stories. He has recently moved to New York.

Darrel Bristow-Bovey is a writer who lives in Sea Point. He has never fought a bull or caught a marlin or grown a full beard. His email address is

Genna Gardini is the author of Matric Rage (uHlanga, 2015), a collection of poetry. She currently lives in Cape Town, where she works as a teacher and critic.

Anna Hartford is a writer based in Cape Town. She has also written for The Paris Review Daily, N+1, The Threepenny Review, and The Kenyon Review.

Simone Haysom lives in Cape Town. She was awarded a Miles Morland Foundation scholarship in 2015 and is working on a book of narrative non-fiction about a murder trial and possible police conspiracy. Her narrative non-fiction has been published by Prufrock, adda, and in the collection Safe House: Explorations in Creative Non-Fiction, edited by Ellah Allfrey.

Mishka Hoosen was born in Johannesburg. She graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy and Rhodes University. Her debut novel Call it a difficult night was published by Deep South Books in 2015.

Phil Kramer is a musician, DJ, furniture designer, and very infrequent animator. He is currently at work on his first studio album, End of an Era. You can reach him at

Rosa Lyster is a writer living in Cape Town. Her first book of poems, Modern Rasputin, was published in 2016 by uHlanga.

Blessing Nemadziva grew up in a highly academic family. He writes about society and daily lives on the African continent.

Zola Nongogo was born in the Eastern Cape in Mount Ayliff and currently lives in Cape Town. He has been published in The Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology 2015 and the online literary journal Eunoia Review under the name Zukisani Nongogo.

Sol Plaatje was a novelist, journalist and intellectual who was the first general secretary of the South African Native National Congress, now known as the African National Congress. He died in 1932.

Janet Remmington works as an editorial director for Routledge, while pursuing her research and writing interests after the sun goes down. Most recently, she co-edited Sol Plaatje's Native Life in South Africa: Past and Present (Wits University Press, 2016).

Andre Sales is a bookseller at Clarke’s Bookshop, and hosts occasional dinner parties at his home in the BoKaap as La Petite Mort. To come to one of these dinner parties, email him at

Siwaphiwe Fortune Shweni was born, and raised in a small village called Tshatshatsha in the Eastern Cape. He is currently studying at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He was a finalist for the 2016 Poetry in McGregor Poetry Competition.

Paul Wairia lives in Nairobi. He trained as an analytical chemist at Kenyatta University. His work also appears in Saraba magazine. Tsholofelo Wesi is a sub-editor based in Johannesburg. He studied in Grahamstown at the university currently known as Rhodes, and grew up Taung, North-West.

All illustrations in this issue, unless specified otherwise, are by Isabella Kuijers. Kuijers is an artist, curator and writer who graduated with a BFA from the University of Stellenbosch in 2014. She lives and works in Cape Town, and writes for the publication Art Throb. She will be exhibiting a solo show at 99 Loop, Cape Town, in late-September 2017.