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Poems of the City  City life for the devout of Capitalism I   A street in a concrete city. The urban warrior is nigh on sixty, Fast approaching his quota of THREE SCORE AND TEN. He strides along the concrete pavement, eye-level with ambition, an outer membrane of pin-stripe polyester. Dadadadadadadadada Machine gun fire from the fourteenth floor, Spraying the street below with greed and envy. NO! NO! I am in the womb! Do you hear my cry?   Once more unto the breach, cries the urban warrior making his escape And launches himself, O Chivalrous Knight, Into the gaping…
Scraped “Maaa? I need help with homework.” A grumbled sound of assent comes from her bedroom. You shuffle in, offering your third grade crudely stapled booklet towards her hand. “It’s a crossword puzzle and we need to find words that have “ape” in them. I found “cape” and “tape” and I found one here but I don’t know if it’s a word or not. Here. R. A. P. E. Is it a word, ma? Is it?”   That interchange is all you can think of. Is it a word, ma? Your nine year old voice rings around your head like…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 00:00

Wits University adopts ITCH

ITCH is proud and delighted to announce that the School of Literature, Language and Media at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has taken over its publication. The first issue of ITCH (and the eleventh issue of the online journal overall) to be published by the University will appear in April 2013.This is an exciting new development for ITCH, as it means that the journal will benefit not only from the insitutional backing of one of the most prestigious universities in South Africa, but that it will also be able to draw on the immense wealth of intellectual and creative…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 09:35

Contributor Networking Event

ITCH contributors, past and present, based in Johannesburg, South Africa (or nearby) are invited to attend a lunch networking event on Friday 11 May 2012, from 13h00 - 15h00. The event will take place at the University of the Witwatersrand (in the Graduate Seminar Room in the South-west Engineering Building, East Campus) and refreshments will be provided. The event is generously sponsored by the University Faculty of Humanities and is part of the 2012 WALE Festival. Members of the ITCH community are warmly invited to attend and meet the ITCH team as well as fellow contributors and to find out…
ITCH is very pleased to welcome a new intern to the fold. Woodman Nhlanhla Maphalala is currently a student at the University of the Witswatersrand, and is studying a Postgraduate Degree in Creative Writing. Woodman is an energetic, social, hardworking individual who enjoys reading and doing creative activities such as painting and writing in his down time. In addition he has a passion for music and entertainment, when he is not trying to dominate his friends' News Feeds on Twitter and Tumblr. He finished his undergraduate degree last year, majoring in English and Media Studies.
Saturday, 03 March 2012 09:27

` submissions are closed!

Thank you to everyone who submitted work for the next issue of ITCH Online, to be curated around the symbol ≠. The editor is currently going through all submissions and preparing the next magazine. As ITCH is a volunteer-run magazine which is squeezed in-between many other day-jobs and salary-earning projects, this tends to take a little longer than usual. Contributors are kindly requested to remain patient and understanding - you will receive confirmation of your submission as soon as possible, and you will receive notice of whether or not your work has been accepted by the end of March 2012.…
Thursday, 12 January 2012 12:44

ITCH seeks two interns for 2012

Wanted: ITCH Interview Intern (2012) ITCH magazine wishes to expand its MetaText sections in the three editions planned for 2012 by including a greater number in-depth interviews with people of interest. We are seeking an intern who would take responsibility for this element of the magazine, and produce at least three interviews for each 2012 magazine (a minimum of nine interviews in total over the year). 'People of interest' could include artists, writers, academics, activists, community leaders, or social/cultural innovators working on any topic. The intern will be responsible for identifying people of interest to interview (although guidance can be…
Thursday, 12 January 2012 12:42

Regular ITCH columnists invited

For 2012, ITCH expects to continue to attract the diverse range of submissions from writers and artists that has characterized the past nine issues of the online magazine. We would like to expand this further by placing attention on growing the 'MetaText' section of the website. This section invites 'non-fiction' pieces - broadly conceived as any form of expression that comments upon an existing work (such as in the form of a book or exhibition review, or an essay about a cultural phenomenon) or aspect of social, economic or cultural life (such as in the form of an opinion piece…
Thursday, 12 January 2012 12:41

Book reviews invited!

ITCH is currently seeking more book reviews for the three editions planned for 2012. We welcome any reviews of any books - newly released or already on circuit - or critical reflections on any published volume. Contributors who wish to request review copies of books from publishers in order to write about them for ITCH are welcome to contact the ITCH editor (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) to propose the review and request a letter confirming that it will be published in ITCH.
Thursday, 12 January 2012 12:27

ITCH plans three editions in 2012

ITCH magazine is pleased to announce that it plans to publish three online editions in 2012. Keeping with the approach of selecting a commonly recognized symbol as the fulcrum around which submissions are invited and curated, the first issue for 2012, ITCH e.10, will be themed ≠ (not equal to). It invites contributions in a variety of genres and media that engage in some way, no matter how laterally, with the notion of in/equality. Submissions for ITCH e.10 are currently open, and will close on 28 February 2012. The themes for ITCH e.11 and e.12 will be announced only once…
Monday, 05 September 2011 22:23

Itch e.09 Live

The latest issue of ITCH, themed around that looping symbolic riff known as the infinity sign, is now live for your viewing and reading pleasure. Enjoy - and if you feel moved by a piece, please let the artist or writer know your thoughts by using the Comments function.
Tuesday, 28 June 2011 22:15

New theme announced: ITCH e.09

We're delighted to announce (after a longer than usual break between issues) the theme for the next issue of ITCH Online. The theme is ∞ (the mathematical symbol for infinity). More details on our submissions page. As usual, contributors should feel free to interpret this theme in any way that they wish, to speak to or against it, to explore or ignore it.
Tuesday, 08 March 2011 00:49

Fiction Contest

ITCH contributors may be interested in BOMB Magazine's 5th Fiction Contest. BOMB Magazine shares a similar ethic to ITCH: it is a non-profit creative platform that aims to deliver artists' voices direct to an appreciative readership. The submission deadline of the Fiction Contest is April 16, 2011. The winner of BOMB's 2011 contest will receive a $500 prize and publication in BOMB Magazine's literary supplement First Proof. All submissions will be read anonymously. For details click here.
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 20:43

||| Submissions closed |||

Thank you to everyone who submitted work for the ||| issue, once again we are thrilled with the quality and scope of work that has come in. Late submissions might be considered. Email the editor to plead your case. We're aiming to have the new issue live in early November, so watch this space. In the meantime, there is plenty to enjoy. Check out our six other digital magazines: i, ?, ..., $, *,  / and :). 
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 19:14

ITCH Reader Survey

We would like to find out more about our readers' opinions of ITCH magazine. Please take the time to complete our brief online survey, which won't take more than 7 minutes of your time.
Friday, 10 December 2010 17:46

Welcome, Li!

ITCH is very pleased to welcome its new intern, Li Chen (known to her English-speaking friends as Helly). She is currently a postgraduate student at King's College London and is working towards an MA in Digital Culture and Technology. She did her undergraduate degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications, and is building on her existing expertise by specializing in the marketing and communications needs of digital products and services (like ITCH!). Li is interested in the relationship between intangible human culture and modern digitization technology in the age of cyberculture. During her internship, Li will be contributing to developing an…
Friday, 10 December 2010 17:44

What are you smiling about?

Hopefully, some of the whimsical, funny, or simply downright beautiful contributions in our ☺ issue. Remember that the artists and authors love feedback - you can contact them using the button available on their feature page, or share your thoughts on their work using the comments feature.
Friday, 15 October 2010 14:10

:) Submissions closed!

Thank you to everyone who submitted work for the :) issue, which is shaping up to be delightful indeed. Late submissions might be considered. Email the editor to plead your case. We're aiming to have the new issue live in early November, so watch this space. In the meantime, there is plenty to enjoy. Check out our six other digital magazines: i, ?, ..., $, * and /.
Friday, 01 October 2010 17:39

New e-intern wanted

Work closely with the editor in crucial tasks focussed on growing the ITCH community and contributing to a refreshed editorial direction in future issues. You must have internet access, be willing to work flexible hours (which you can schedule as suits you), be full of good ideas and be committed to the ethos of non-commercial, creative publishing. Please send the editor a one page CV and a paragraph explaining your motivation to get work experience with ITCH Magazine.
Friday, 01 October 2010 17:37

Thank you, Karen!

A big thank you to Karen Martin for her sterling work as the last ITCH e-intern. Karen wanted to contribute to making ITCH a more prestigious space for contributors, and in order to do so, she undertook to do in-depth interviews with several ITCH contributors (you can read them in the InterText section). Her work allowed ITCH to understand some of its most fascinating contributors, and provides a great deal of insight into the manifold ways in which creative people operate in the process of making their work. This is what Karen says about her experiences as ITCH intern: "Even…
Monday, 16 August 2010 21:00

Believing What My Heart Is Telling Me

  South African writer Abigail George talks to Karen Martin about staying true to herself as she negotiates her vocation as a writer, her patriotism as a South African, and her obligations as an African. "Being a writer, a poet, an artist is not a choice. You are either called to it, like service or the ministry, or not. Choice only comes in when you begin to doubt your destiny." Karen Martin: You've published very widely — in print in South Africa, and online from Finland to Nigeria. Do you have a preference for publishing in print or online? What are…
Friday, 06 August 2010 17:40

:) New Theme Announced :)

The theme for the next issue of ITCH has been decided. :) For more details, go here.
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 11:49

How We Ended Up Here

  Kenya based writer Karest Lewela talks to Karen Martin about redefining what is African by listening to the past and mapping out the future. "I hope to inspire a reflection on how we ended up 'here', and whether being here is the right place to be if we are to achieve our best potential ... " Karen Martin: What do you mean by "African Renaissance"? What will be recovered from the past, and how will it respond to and shape the future? How does your work as a poet and storyteller contribute to the renaissance you imagine? Karest Lewela:…
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 11:34

Making Otherness Work

  Heidi Sincuba talks to Karen Martin about seeing herself and being seen, and how rage fired a wide-eyed Zulu girl in the Netherlands to re-appropriate the African in her work. "As ridiculous as it is to be represented as anonymous and half-naked somewhere in Africa, that has still seeped into the way "Africans" perceive themselves." Karen Martin: You've moved around all your life. Why? Where have you been? And where are you going? Heidi Sincuba: I was born in a Christian mission where everything was sober, stable and "logical". We learned about the Bible and the consequences of not…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 22:22

Finding my own way into how I act

  Los Angeles based artist Martin Gantman talks to Karen Martin about directing his gaze both inward and outward to understand who he is in the globalising world. "I find that I must always remember to explore my biases when I approach a project and to allow them to evolve as the project does." Karen Martin: You made the Odalisque Suite between 1994 and 1997. What made you choose to publish it in ITCH in 2010? How does it speak to the theme "i"? Martin Gantman: It is interesting how certain issues re-circulate. These particular issues, I and self, were…
Saturday, 17 July 2010 19:57

Living in Translation

  Amsterdam based writer Richard de Nooy talks to Karen Martin about moving between identities. "The broader relevance of my work lies in using South Africa as a metaphor for exploring the complexities and contradictions of a changing world." Karen Martin: ITCH describes itself as "South African rooted and internationally relevant". What does this mean to you in the context of the internet and other globalising forces? Where are you rooted? And where are you relevant? Richard de Nooy: Although I have lived in Amsterdam for almost 25 years, I will always remain firmly attached to South Africa. I recently…
Feminist Press (New York) is seeking submissions for a new anthology, titled Globalized Motherhood: a Short Story Collection, edited by Wendy Chavkin.  The books aims to engage with a world in flux about the most intimate of human connections, a world wide open to a host of possibilities for reconfiguring family and parenthood, and perhaps of liberating women from the constraints of reproductive biology.    The physical, emotional and caring aspects of motherhood are separable in new ways, pushed by demographic shifts, bio-technological innovations and global travel of babies, women, body parts, information, and technologies.   Contemporary short stories, memoirs, and creative…
Wednesday, 16 June 2010 14:56

Thank you Vuyo, Welcome Karen!

ITCH is delighted to welcome its second e-intern, Karen Martin to the fold, who is taking over from the wonderful Vuyo Seripe, who excelled at networking ITCH with writers and literary collectives across the African continent and diaspora. Karen Martin is an emerging, recently published writer of short fiction. She is a professional editor and copy editor. She has also initiated and developed several books for Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action, the pioneering South African LGBTI archives. In 2010, she is driving and editing the archives' anthology of new queer African short fiction. She lives in the countryside outside…
Tuesday, 08 June 2010 11:55

Submissions i-interrupted

Thank you to the almost 100 writers and artists who submitted work for the next issue of ITCH Online. Submissions closed yesterday, and I am very excited about the quality of work that has come in. Those who sent their work through will hear the result soon, and anxious readers can expect the new issue of ITCH to be available by the end of June. Late submissions are sometimes considered. Contact me to plead your case.
Monday, 31 May 2010 17:45

Kwani Short Story Competition

Kwani Trust invites the submission of short stories of between 3000-8000 words that focus on Africa and the experiences of African people, with a particular focus on Africans born after 1978. The theme of the call out is 'THE AFRICA I LIVE IN'. Published authors will be paid a fee of $100.If you are interested in participating in this exciting initiative, please send your creative work in to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   for consideration.The deadline is 30 June 2010. For  more information, visit Kwani.
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