Publication overview: 2019-2022


From Stilet to Three notes on a new editorial approach for volumes 30-34


1. Embracing the shift towards the digital is dedicated to the study of Afrikaans literature and the Afrikaans literary system, and consists of a series of platforms for original research, literary analyses, reviews, opinion pieces, creative work, and commentary. Afrikaans narrative textuality in film, new media, and the digital sphere are specific foci, as well as the variegate ways in which literary systems, literatures, theoretical lenses and fields speak to the study of Afrikaans works of literature.

Stilet is accredited by the DHET. In acknowledging and embracing the shift towards the digital, Stilet will appear in digital form from volume 30(1) onward, while select issues (huldigingsbundels, for example) will still be published in printed format.

Continuous e-archiving is compiled through Sabinet; volumes 14(1) and onward are available on The digitalisation and archiving of volumes 1 through 13 are currently in process. (To be completed by the end of 2021.)

Where possible, – in acknowledgement of Stilet’s genesis as official journal of the Afrikaanse Letterkundevereniging – offers publication opportunities aligned with ALV conference and seminar themes.

2. Publication outline & call for submissions

The following issues appear in 2018/2019:

  • Vol 30, Issue 1 – “Novum”
  • Vol 30, Issue 2 – “Enframement” on theoretical frameworks

Contributions for issues in volume 31 can still be sent in for consideration:

  • Vol 31, Issue 1 – ALV conference focus: Antjie Krog
  • Vol 31, Issue 2 – Themed issue on Unlaagering

Submissions can be sent to the editorial team, Prof. Thys Human (Editor) and Wemar Strydom (associate editor), at (Please note: no .com suffix needed.) From late 2019, submission through Open Journal System is preferred.

From 2020, four issues per year will be published, each with a specific focus: a) Two themed issues, b) a general issue, and c) a transnationally-focussed issue. A rotating system of guest editor pairs are invited by the editorial team, to ensure a more inclusive forum for diverse theoretical viewpoints, disciplinary methodology and approaches. Issue editors, alongside the editorial team, is responsible for the call for submissions, solitciting of literary review pieces and opinion pieces, as well as the review process.

Volume 32 (2020)

  • Issue 1 – Huldigingsbundel: Joan Hambidge as iconoclas(tic)
  • Issue 2 – General issue
  • Issue 3 – Fliek! Cinematic adaptations and/of Afrikaans literature (Prof. Adéle Nel & Rickus Ströh, guest editors)
  • Issue 4 – Queer theory in (South) Africa (Dr. Bibi Burger & Wemar Strydom, guest editors)

Volume 33 (2021)

  • Issue 1 – General issue
  • Issue 2 –Hyg! Popular romance, romanzas, and erotic fiction in post-1994 South Africa (Dr. Martina Vitackova & Dr Danai Mupotsa, issue editors)
  • Issue 3 – ALV conference focus
  • Issue 4 – Venter, vertaal: Research output from a corpus-based project on Eben Venter works-in-translation

Volume 34 (2022)

  • Issue 1 – Huldigingsbundel: Deon Meyer (Dr Neil van Heerden & Jonathan Amid, issue editors)
  • Issue 2 – General issue
  • Issue 3 – Themed issue (open)
  • Issue 4 – Themed issue (open)

Please note: Prospective guest editor pairs are encouraged to submit issue proposals for volume 34, issues 3 and 4.

3. Call for nominations to serve on editorial collective (previously: Stilet editorial board)

Nominations for candidates wishing to serve on the editorial working collective were received until 15 July 2019. The editorial collective’s term will run for 3 years, from 01 October 2019 to 30 September 2022 – to coincide broadly with the publication of volumes 31 to 34. is committed to ensuring that a broad and diverse range of theoretical views, disciplinary backgrounds and institutional affiliations are represented by the editorial collective. The following seven people were appointed to the collective:

Adéle Nel, NWU, Bibi Burger, UP, Chantelle Gray van Heerden, UNISA, Jean Meiring, Martina Vitackova, UP, Quentin Williams, UWK, Siseko H Kumalo, UP.

The notion of a working collective implies a very active engagement within the ethos and online-ethical positionality of – as well as, more specifically, a dedicated commitment to the following concrete input:

  • Per volume/4 issues: Submission of one article for peer review OR submission of one non-article contribution (in the sections Review, Revisit, or Echo) for consideration.
  • Per volume/4 issues: In-person attendance at a editorial collective annual meeting.
  • Per 3-year term: A member serving on the editorial working collective will act as co-guest editor for one issue during the term served.