Guillotine aims to provide a forum for creative and academic writing in South Africa, especially as regards literary studies. With this forum, we wish to provide a platform for new as well as established writers to exchange views on various literary matters. Guillotine aims to foster discourse on literature, music, and art, and in this manner promote exchange between the various disciplines.

The magazine aims to publish creative works such as poems and short stories, interviews with writers, book reviews, as well as academic articles. Guillotine aims to establish a community of South African writers, scholars, and artists, and to enhance their professional status and working conditions in South Africa. By promoting and upholding freedom of expression, the blog seeks to challenge as well as stimulate the reading public to become involved in their communities, and support the arts.

In short, Guillotine seeks to promote creative as well as a critical exchange of ideas regarding literature in South Africa.