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Friday, 23 April 2010 16:42

i-ntroducing... e.06s theme!

The theme for the next i-ssue of ITCH Online has been decided. This time, its all about — i. For more i-information, go here.
Wednesday, 31 March 2010 14:53

Welcome to ITCH's new intern: Vuyo

Vuyo R. Seripe, an accomplished writer in her own right, has joined ITCH magazine as an intern until the end of May. Vuyo will be working with ITCH for two months, focussing on building and expanding our relationship with writers everywhere, but especially in Africa. To get a feel for Vuyo's work, read this.
Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action, the pioneering, highly regarded South African gay and lesbian archives, invites African writers to submit stories on a queer African theme for publishing in a ground-breaking anthology. Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action intends the anthology to query stereotypes, show that there are many ways of being queer in Africa, and encourage queer artistic expression and appreciation. Literary merit and an insightful response to the complexities of African queerness will guide the selection. Submit your unpublished short fiction of between 1,000 and 5,000 words to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 30 June 2010. Provide a covering page with…
Tuesday, 16 February 2010 02:36

Wanted: e-Intern

ITCH is looking for an e-intern. This post would be short term, for 3-4 months, and would suit someone (possibly a student) who is looking for work experience in the field of independent, creative, online publishing. The internship would entail a few hours of work per week, which can be arranged flexibly, and would be focussed on communication, networking and online promotion tasks all aimed at helping the ITCH community grow. The intern can be based anywhere, only an internet connection is needed (although a time zone similar to London would help for communication and briefing purposes). To apply, please…
Tuesday, 16 February 2010 02:30

The question has been marked: ITCH e.05

The fifth issue of ITCH Online is live, featuring a plethora of new visual and literary work. Don't miss short films by Biying Zhang and Iva Radivojevic, as well as an extract from EU Literary Award Winner, Saracen at the Gates by Zinaid Meeran. Thank you to all contributors and readers for your continued support of this space. Enjoy viewing, and please feel free to share your feedback with artists and writers using the Comment facility.
Monday, 25 January 2010 15:02

Are submissions closed?

Yes! Thank you to everyone who has submitted work for the ? issue of ITCH Online. You will be contacted shortly by the editor.  Those wishing to send in a late submission, contact the editor to plead your case.  Watch this space. ITCH e.05 coming soon.
Thursday, 12 November 2009 01:36

When will the ITCH e.05 theme be announced?

Now? What the ???? Questions are marked by a sign that can furrow the brow and send the mind on a quest for answers. Be they rhetorical, theoretical, existential, practical, emotional, educational or mundane, questions surround our lives and saturate the experience of being human. Why? When? Where? How? Whom? Sometimes we ask these things and sometimes we do not. When do we ask these things and when do we not? How and why are questions expressed, how and why are they not? What are your big questions and little mysteries? What are the one-word answers, the lengthy diatribes, the…
Monday, 14 September 2009 01:04

... ITCH e.04 has arrived ...

The new issue is live, and it features a smorgasbord of things you can get your teeth into... Keep your scrolling finger ready: we've got more short stories than ever - they need a nice chunk of time, a wee bit of concentration (don't be distracted by RSS feeds or the like) and a cup of tea at your side... Yummy... You might want to dim the lights or close the blinds to view the selection of surreal and esoteric short films... Slip on your headphones and close your eyes for an underwater sound adventure... And open them again to…
Saturday, 29 August 2009 19:56

... Submissions Closed ...

The response to our ... call for submissions was overwhelming: thank you to everyone who sent work for consideration. The editor will be in touch with you soon. ITCH e.04 will be live soon... In the meantime enjoy ITCH e.01, 02 and 03... Late submissions may still be considered. Contact the editor to plead your case.
Tuesday, 14 July 2009 14:09

New works in $ issue

Two new works have recently been added to the $ issue. An audio track sounding the call to "bring the god of holy profit down" by David van Rensburg and a video piece, exploring status, wealth and consumerism in the setting of a luxury boutique by Maxim and Romy Northover. Incidentally, another video piece in the issue is made by twins - Caucozoida by Jean and Zinaid Meeran.
Wednesday, 27 May 2009 15:27

...New theme announced...

The theme for the next issue of ITCH Online has been selected... Click here to find out more...
Friday, 13 March 2009 01:20

ITCH @ Colophon

  If you were in Luxembourg the weekend of March 12th, we hope you visited the Colophon WE LOVE MAGAZINES Symposium which took place around the city. And if you timed it right, you might have heard a special ITCH-compiled playlist of all-South African tunes in the magazine lounge.  
Thursday, 05 March 2009 04:44

$ issue live

The third issue of ITCH Online, addressing and exploring the $ symbol, is now live. Your attention, engagement, interest, feedback and comments are warmly welcomed. Enjoy.
Tuesday, 10 February 2009 01:59

$ submissions closed!

Thank you to everybody who submitted work to the $$$$$$$$$$ issue. All works are under consideration and the editor will be in contact with you very soon Watch this space for ITCH Online #3... Coming soon. PS - Late submissions can be considered. Contact the editor to plead your case.
Thursday, 22 January 2009 22:36

$ Get published $

$$$ Submissions are currently open for our next issue, which is themed around the dollar sign. In these times of economic woe (and high street sales) what does money - or the lack of it - mean to you? Artists and writers are invited to express their opinions and ideas through our forum... Submission details here. $$$
Sunday, 09 November 2008 23:10

What is ITCH?

ITCH is a creative submissions magazine, which features a variety of writing as well as visual and multimedia work. Submissions are loosely categorised as MetaText (non-fiction, essays, polemic, book reviews and more), SubText (narrative, short stories, plays and more), PreText (poetry, experimental writing, sound art and more) and NonText (graphics, drawings, photography, film, animation and more). Submissions are open to anyone. ITCH aims to create a space for creative expression and exchange; it is an experimental media project for you, and by you. Welcome, and enjoy. Feedback to the editor is most welcome.
Sunday, 09 November 2008 22:46

New theme announced, submissions open

The theme for our next issue has been announced: $$$ Writers of any persuasion and artists working in any medium are invited to interpret, explore, describe or ignore the dollar sign (a symbol so implicity plural that it solicited tripling as our theme). Full details on how to submit here. Submissions open unitl 8 February 2009.
Tuesday, 30 September 2008 12:38

****************** Yes, its here.

The * issue of ITCH Online is live. I hope you enjoy it. Check back again as new articles may be added in the next few days.
Tuesday, 09 September 2008 00:38

* Submissions closed!

Thank you to everyone who submitted work for the * issue. The deadline has come and gone and all submissions are currently under consideration. Authors/artists will be informed shortly of the outcome. That said, if you would like to make a case for a late submission (especially of TEXT pieces), please contact the editor.  Otherwise, keep your eyes on our InterText section, where we will be announcing our next theme in due course.
Monday, 18 August 2008 23:11


ITCH magazine, along with its sibling Bell-Roberts publications Art South Africa and Snapped, has become an offical South African media partner of the Colophon 2009 We Love Magazines Symposium. The symposium celebrates excellence and innovation in the independent magazine industry, and will take place in Luxembourg in March 2009.
Monday, 18 August 2008 22:59

Wanted: TEXT submissions

Submissions are currently open for our  *  issue, and a wide range of interesting pieces have been filling the editorial inbox. But at present, visual submissions outnumber words by about five to one. Where is the writing? Wordsmiths: pick up your pens, delve into your archives, speak to, or at, or against, or through the humble asterisk. Don't let text be footnoted by the graphic... The deadline for submissions is September 7. Full details here.
Monday, 18 August 2008 22:54

Welcome: New book reviewers

ITCH would like to welcome its new book reviewers to the creative expressions fold. We look forward to publishing their literary views and book reviews here, for your reading pleasure. In their own words: Karina Magdalena Szczurek is a writer and literary critic. She lives in Cape Town with her husband, author André Brink, and their three cats: Mozart, Salieri and Glinka.  Lisa Witepski is a total book fiend. From beach schlock to biographies and the kind of novels that change your outlook on the world, if it has words, she'll read it.  Publishers, to have your book reviewed please…
Tuesday, 22 July 2008 13:55

Multimedia content

Tucked away in the corners of this first issue are two features that contain multimedia elements, taking our text / image campaign to a new level of movement / sound. Team Tar Baby's short film stretches text to include script, performance, dialogue and sub-titles.  Tamlyn Martin's image / poetry artwork adds an additional layer to its iteration: an audio recital. Pop in your headphones, look for the tell-tale "play" button, click it, and enjoy. Can't do THAT in a paper magazine... ;)
Wednesday, 16 July 2008 13:05

International Poetry Competition

The UK Poetry Society's National Poetry Competition 2008 is now open for entries. Although called the National Poetry Competition, it is open to anyone internationally. Now in its 31st year, the sought-after poetry prize attracts entries from around the world and offers to anyone who enters the opportunity to discover their own potential as a writer. All entries are read by leading poet-judges. The prize is £5000 - past winners include Michael Hulse, Carol Ann Duffy, Jo Shapcott, Ruth Padel, Ian Duhig and the current winner Sinéad Morrissey. More information here.
Thursday, 03 July 2008 12:26

Wanted: Book Reviewer (ZA)

Applications are invited for a book reviewer, based in South Africa, to receive and review new titles from South African publishers. If you have a love of writing and literature, experience in critical review, and are interested in having your literary opinions published on ITCH online, please contact the editor with a 200-word motivation and a 500-word sample of a book review you've written. Outlandish, left-field, non-traditional, fresh literary perspectives are actively encouraged. We can't pay, but you will get to keep the complimentary sample copies of new books (what more could a book-worm wish for?). Book reviews will go…
Thursday, 12 June 2008 22:59

Welcome to the new ITCH

Welcome to the new ITCH; an experiment with online media. This new digital platform aims to function as a space for creative and intellectual expression across the board. In our mediated world, boundaries between written and visual communication are increasingly unclear. The relationships and links between verbal and visual communication create fertile opportunities for creative expression; quite simply, the sharing of abstract ideas. Although our (self-defined) mandate is to prioritise creating a space for new writing of all genres, we also recognise the value of making it possible for new visual and multimedia work to be shared through our online…
Sunday, 25 May 2008 04:32

Digital vs. Analogue

Although you may remember ITCH as a print magazine, circumstance and a taste for the new encouraged us to experiment a little with format – hence our migration to binary code. We fully intend to make a new ink and paper magazine in the future, most probably aggregated from our online editions. But that's later. Now, we invite you to participate in our new medium. Submissions are now open for our second online edition.
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