Three decades after the demise of Apartheid, and the need for people to be expressing their diverse stories is stronger than ever.

Prufrock was a literary journal founded in 2013 by James King, Anneke Rautenbach, Nick Mulgrew and Helen Sullivan, with a collective, albeit murky, vision complimented by an equally gung-ho mission. Named after the title character from the T.S. Eliot poem ‘Prufock’, an ode to postulation and a reflection on the act of writing. In print for five years, with fifteen issues published, Prufrock followed a legacy set by other literary magazines such as Ophir, Izwi, Wurm, Kol and Bolt to name a few, becoming South Africa’s foremost magazine to showcase contemporary writing. Prufrock published fiction, non-fiction and poetry in all official languages of South Africa, but from time-to-time also included recipes, photography, and illustration.

Meant to be a local equivalent of The New Yorker, South Africa’s own cornerstone literary magazine, with the intention to bring pieces of writing that needed to be read and make great South African writing accessible to the broader public. Prufrock was a space for young and emerging African writers to be published, focussing on both short-form and long-form fiction and non-fiction. Being a labour of love, both the editorial team and the magazine’s contributors did not get paid for their efforts, and any funding that was received went towards printing costs, distribution and website development.

Prufrock consistently published some of the best new writing from both established and emerging African writers. The design of the magazine was very tasteful and well considered, tempered with practicality and functionality to create a beautifully muted overall tone. Artistic license was used with some of the graphic features of the magazine, including unusual layouts inspired by the writing that the various spreads contained. All the pieces were intended to be short enough to be read in one sitting. The result, a distinctly playful, tongue-in-cheek, literary journal with oodles of local flavour.

With the release of the 15th issue in 2019, Sullivan announced that it would also be Prufrock’s final issue. This last edition was put together by an editorial team consisting of Sullivan, Mulgrew (fiction editor), Simone Haysom (non-fiction editor) and Genna Gardini (poetry editor), all of whom are PEN SA members, alongside founding member Rautenbach.

A multiplicity of voices and writers writing the various African stories that embrace pluralism, helping to define South Africa's evolution as a young democracy.

Prufrock no.1

Year: 2013
Pages: 64
Print run: N/A
Size: 27cm X 18cm.
Contributors: Fiction: Donald Powers, David Cornwell, Anneke Rautenbach.
Non-fiction: Olivia Walton, Anton Harber, Nick Mulgrew, Victoria Schneider, Phil Kramer.
Poetry: Geoffrey Brink, Liam Kruger.
Other details: Very first issue of Prufrock. Full-colour printing, standard format.

Prufrock no.2

Year: 2013
Pages: 64
Print run: N/A
Size: 27cm X 18cm.
Contributors: Fiction: Etienne van Heerden, Tom Learmont.
Non-fiction: Koos Kombuis, Abdul-Malik Sibabalwe Oscar Masinyana, Rosa Lyster, Hedley Twidle, Phil Kramer. Poetry: Fiona Zerbst, Athambile Masola, James Sulter, Toast Coetzer.
Other details: Very first issue of Prufrock. Full-colour printing, standard format.

Prufrock no.3

Year: 2013
Pages: 64
Print run: N/A
Size: 27cm X 18cm.
Contributors:Fiction: Olivia Walton, Mvelo Dhlamini, Dendy Cruz.
Non-fiction: Evita Bezuidenhout, Nick Mulgrew, Rosa Lyster, Phil Kramer.
Poetry: Songeziwe Mahlangu, Rebecca Haysom, Matthew King.
Other details: Full-colour printing, standard format.

Prufrock no.4

Year: 2014
Pages: 64
Print run: N/A
Size: 27cm X 18cm.
Contributors: Fiction: Jumani Clarke, Efemia Chela, Henali Kuit, Anneke Rautenbach, Werner Pretorius. Non-fiction: Kimon de Greef, Rosa Lyster, Jody Brand. Poetry: Chris Mann, James Sulter, Cebo Solombela, Sipho Mdumbe.
Other details: Full-colour printing, standard format.

Prufrock no.5

Year: 2014
Pages: 64
Print run: N/A
Size: 27cm X 18cm.
Contributors: Fiction: Nick Mulgrew, Simone Haysom, Pemi Aguda. Non-fiction: Roger Young, Diane Awerbuck, Sean O'Toole, David Southwood, Dudumalingani Mqombothi, Rosa Lyster, Phil Kramer. Poetry: Genna Gardini, Isobel Dixon, Robert Hill.
Other details: Full-colour printing, standard format.

Prufrock no.6

Year: 2014
Pages: 64
Print run: NA
Size: 27cm X 18cm.
Contributors: Fiction: Wamuwi Mbao, Nozizwe Herero. Non-fiction: Simone Haysom, Liam Kruger, Rosa Lyster. Poetry: Nombeko Eugenia Keke, Nicholas Rhawhani, Efemia Chela, Athambile Masola, Douglas Reid Skinner.
Other details: Full-colour, large format, rare.

Prufrock no.7

Year: 2014
Pages: 64
Print run: N/A
Size: 27cm X 18cm.
Contributors: Fiction: Alice Edy, Jeannie McKeown, Hannah Williams, Renee-Edwidge Dro. Non-fiction: Rosa Lyster, Adriaan Odendaal, Megan Ross. Poetry: Lex Loizides, Nombeko Eugenia Keke, Helen Sullivan, Stephen Symons, Karel Kopbeen, Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese. Recipes: Andre Sales, Phil Kramer.
Other details: Full-colour printing, large format, rare.

Prufrock no.8

Year: 2015
Pages: 64
Print run: N/A
Size: 27cm X 18cm.
Contributors: Fiction: Claire Robertson, Pravasan Pillay, Thabo Jijana. Non-fiction: Nick Mulgrew, Anneke Rautenbach, Rosa Lyster. Poetry: Nombeko Eugenia Keke, Genna Gardini, JEC Young, Irene Bronner. Recipes: Andre Sales, Phil Kramer.
Other details: Full-colour printing, standard format.

Prufrock no.9 – The Sea

Year: 2015
Pages: 64
Print run: N/A
Size: 27cm X 18cm.
Contributors: Fiction: Matthew Freemantle, Mandla Malandela, Kerstin Hall, Megan Ross. Non-fiction: Hedley Twidle, Athambile Masola, Rosa Lyster. Recipes: Andre Sales, Phil Kramer. Poetry: Genna Gardini, Mthunzikazi Mbungwana, Kristen Whitfield, Megan Tennant, Nombe Eugenia. Keke
Other details: full-colour printing, standard format.

Prufrock no.10 – Siblings

Year: 2016
Pages: 64
Print run: N/A
Size: 27cm X 18cm.
Contributors: Fiction: Afoma Umesi, Tessa Harris, Sinethemba Bizela, Halima Aliyu, Sindi Leigh McBride, Elle Aiello, Vivien Eldridge. Non-fiction: Andre Sales, Rosa Lyster, Phil Kramer. Poetry: Diana Manole, Nombeko Eugenia Keke, Mannini Mokhothu, Hat Bemba, Thabo Jijana, Nick Mulgrew, Genna Gardini, Ruth Loewenthal.
Other details: Full-colour printing, standard format.

Prufrock no.11 – No-man’s land

Year: 2016
Pages: 64
Print run: N/A
Size: 27cm X 18cm.
Contributors: Fiction: Pravasan Pillay, Mvelo Dhlamini, Linda Yohannes. Non-fiction: Rosa Lyster, Helen Sullivan, André Sales, Philip Kramer. Poetry: Nombeko Eugenia Keke, Genna Gardini, Thando Njovane
Other details: Full-colour printing, standard format.

Prufrock no.12 – Nostalgia

Year: 2017
Pages: 64
Print run: N/A
Size: 27cm X 18cm.
Contributors: Fiction: Jonathan Botha, Tsholofelo Wesi. Non-fiction: Janet Remmington, Sol Plaatje, Simone Haysom, Darrel Bristow-Bovey, Blessing Nemadziva, Anna Hartford, André Sales, Phil Kramer. Poetry: Zola Nongogo, Mishka Hoosen, Mara Boccaccio, P.R. Anderson, Paul Wairia, Genna Gardini, Siwaphiwe Fortune Shweni, Rosa Lyster
Other details: Full-colour printing, standard format.

Prufrock no.13 – Luck

Year: 2017
Pages: 64
Print run: N/A
Size: 27cm X 18cm.
Contributors: Fiction: Martin Egblewogbe, Nick Mulgrew, Franki Jenkins, Rachel Zadok, Sibongile Fisher, Sydney Ribot, Eley Williams. Non-fiction: Bongani Kona, Rosa Lyster, Andre Sales, Phil Kramer. Poetry: Ariana Munsamy, Francine Simon, Lienkie Diedericks, Sarah Lubala, Maneo Mohale
Other details: Full-colour printing, standard format.

Prufrock no.14 – Flowers

Year: 2018
Pages: 64
Print run: N/A
Size: 27cm X 18cm.
Contributors: Fiction: Richard Rive, Zandile Khumalo, Henali Kuit, Catherine Rudolph. Non-fiction: Liam Kruger, Girinandini Singh, Billy Keniston, Andre Sales, Phil Kramer.
Poetry: Tanatsei Gambura, Chinaecherem Oboo, Chisom Kingdavid, Dr Boni Zungu, Charika Swanepoel, Kapano Moroga.
Other details: Full-colour printing, standard format.

Prufrock no.15 – Goodbye

Year: 2019
Pages: 64
Print run: N/A
Size: 27cm X 18cm.
Contributors: Fiction: Mvelo Dhlamini, Lashona iLanga, Olivia Rose Walton, Sean O’Toole, Kiprop Kimutai. Poetry: Haafizah Bhamjee, Vangile Gantsho, Pei Koroye, Roxanne Rose, Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto. Non-fiction: Hedley Twidle, Anna Hartford, Blessing Nemadziva, Kelly Smith, Andre Sales, Phil Kramer. Graphic-Fiction: Su Opperman.
Other details: Full-colour printing, standard format.

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