Ginny Swart

Author and writing coach in Cape Town, South Africa


I’m a freelance writer based in Cape Town, South Africa.
Since 2002 I’ve been writing short stories and serials and to date I’ve had over 800 accepted by anthologies, e-zines, school textbooks and women’s magazines all over the world.
One of these days I’ll write the next big novel to come out of Africa!

Short Story Writing Course

If you’ve always wanted to try writing for woman’s magazines, I am the short story tutor for the S.A. Writers’ College.And the New Zealand Writers College.And the UK Writers College.You work through the eight modules, each one e-mailed to you as you return the assignment from the previous module.You’ll learn everything I wish I’d known before I started writing for this very specific market.

Published books

  • “Nosipho and the King of Bones” MacMillan SA.

  • A Patchwork Quilt, a collection of my short stories, in 2005.

  • Heart of Africa, large print (Linford romance series) Ulverscroft Press 2007

  • Campaign for Love – People’s Friend Library 2007

  • Under an African Sun, large print (Linford Romance series) Ulverscroft Press 2008

  • Desert Dreamweaver, large print (Linford Romance series) 2010

Websites using my stories

  • EspressFiction

  • East of the Web

  • Cynic Magazine

  • Southern Oceans Review

  • Twisted Tongue

  • La Fenetre Short stories and poetry

  • Wanakam -Thailand

  • Story Unlikely, Australia

  • Epic Unlimited, Australia

Magazines using my stories:

  • Best UK

  • Chat It’s Fate UK

  • The Weekly News UK

  • Ireland’s Own

  • Woman’s Day – Australia

  • That’s Life – Australia

  • Fast Fiction – Australia

  • Take 5 – Australia

  • Women’s World USA

  • The Catholic Messenger, USA

  • True Love USA

  • True Romance USA

  • Allas – Sweden

  • Hjemmet Norway

  • Hjemmet Denmark

  • Norske Ukeblad, Norway

  • You – South Africa

  • Drum, South Africa

  • Woman UK

  • Woman’s Weekly UK

  • Woman’s Weekly Specials

  • The People’s Friend UK

  • My Weekly UK

  • Woman’s Value, South Africa

  • Plus50 , South Africa

  • Love Letters – Germany, Switzerland, France & Austria

  • Women’s Era, India

  • New Woman, India


  • Sexy Shorts For The Beach

  • Saucy Shorts For Chefs

  • Quace , South Africa

  • The Best

  • Telling Tales, South African Short Story Publishers Assoc

  • To Be Read Aloud, USA Textword USA

  • Sunpenny Competitions Anthology

  • Queens Quarterly, Canada

  • Diamonds and Pearls

  • The Bed Book of Short Stories

  • Uncle John’s Flush Fiction

  • Sunlit Storytime

  • The Bed Book of Short Stories

  • Uncommon Pet Tales, Smoking Pen Press

  • A Wink and a Smile, Smoking Pen Press

  • The Best Mystery Stories of the Year USA ( 2022)


  • Weekly Telegraph, UK

  • Sawabona, SAA In-flight magazine

  • Weekend Argus Travel

  • Sunday Times Travel

  • SA Garden and Home