Last Muster finds a home

Huge congratulations to current student, Karen Clarke, whose short story, Last Muster, has just been published in The Commuting Book.

Karen often explores the contrast between the rural and urban environments in her writing, and Last Muster is no exception:

“Now he walks out with a group of misfit men who are battle scarred by life. Men who
reminded him of the young horses he used to ride. Horses that would rear up and shy at
ghosts in the bushes on the hillsides. Always on the lookout for trouble, the thing that would catch you by surprise.”

Karen’s story is included as part of Stories on the Go, which allows readers access to stories via QR codes found in buses and cafes around Christchurch.

Find out more about The Commuting Book, and read other Stories on the Go by Hagley students and graduates, including Marie Muhl, Melanie Dixon, Nod Ghosh, and Gail Ingram.

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Overgr_wn seeks new writers’ work

Overgr_wn, a new literary journal based in the UK, is looking for work from “new, nervous writers”. As well as short fiction, poetry, and essays, they’re also seeking art and photography.

Submissions are free and open to writers from anywhere in the world. Amazingly, they also offer feedback on all submitted work and aim to give responses within a week!

Overgr_wn runs two submission windows annually and publishes digital issues in October and April. There’s still time to submit for the first issue, so find out more at Overgr_wn.

Deadline: 17th September 2020

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The Quick Brown Funded Dog

We’re thrilled to announce that The Quick Brown Dog has received funding. This means we’ll be paying writers published in the journal at the following rates:

  • $30 poem
  • $40 flash fiction
  • $50 longer fiction/creative nonfiction/novel extract.

The editors are now reading submissions that touch on the idea of home: tūrangawaewae, the lockdown, running away or settling down, renovations, dirty dishes, bedrooms, pets, things you find in the attic, empty cupboards, holes you dig in your backyard, migration, lawn mowing, sibling rivalry, lazy Sundays, trampolines, annoying flatmates, landscaping etc…

Current students of the Hagley Writers’ Institute, graduates, and past and present mentors are all encouraged to submit.

The journal will be launched at the Christchurch WORD Festival in October, with readings from Quick Brown Dog contributors in a special showcase of Hagley writers.

See the submissions call below.

Deadline: 2nd August 2020

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Meet the editors

The Hagley Writers’ Institute journal – The Quick Brown Dog – is next due out in October 2020, right in time to be launched at the beloved Christchurch WORD Festival.

Following in the footsteps of previous editors, including Frankie McMillan, Gail Ingram, Laura Borrowdale, and Reuben Todd, three Hagley alumni are taking up the challenge of editing the journal this year, and we think you’ll agree they make a fabulous team.

Toni Wi (Ngāti Maniapoto) is a policy analyst and speculative fiction writer. She graduated from the Hagley Writers’ Institute in 2018, winning the Margaret Mahy Award for best portfolio. She’s gone on to have short fiction published in places like Breach, Mayhem, and takahē, and anthologised in Year’s Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction & Fantasy (2019). Check out her website and follow her on Twitter.

Chris Stewart is a secondary school English teacher and current Hagley Writers’ Institute mentor. He graduated from Hagley in 2015, winning the Margaret Mahy Award, and since then has published poems in a variety of New Zealand literary journals. Most recently, he was selected to feature in AUP New Poets 6

Kaye Gilhooley is a writer living in Ōtautahi, near the beautiful Opāwaho River. She graduated Hagley in 2018 and quickly had her short stories and flash fiction picked up by journals including Flash Frontier, takahē, and X-R-A-Y. You can follow Kaye on Twitter.

This year, our editors have chosen the theme of home for the journal. They’re thinking tūrangawaewae, the lockdown, running away or settling down, renovations, dirty dishes, bedrooms, pets, things you find in the attic, empty cupboards, holes you dig in your backyard, migration, lawn mowing, sibling rivalry, lazy Sundays, trampolines, annoying flatmates, landscaping etc…

The editors are keen to get reading, so don’t delay. If you’re Hagley Writers’ Institute student, mentor, or tutor (past or present), you have until 2nd August 2020 to submit your work to The Quick Brown Dog.

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Quick Brown Dog call for submissions

Hagley writers Toni Wi, Kaye Gilhooley, and Chris Stewart are editing a selection of work that showcases the literary success and achievement of writers associated with The Hagley Writers’ Institute. 

We want your poems, flash fiction, or prose, that somehow touch on the idea of ‘home’. Send us your work about tūrangawaewae, the lockdown, running away or settling down, renovations, dirty dishes, bedrooms, pets, things you find in the attic, empty cupboards, holes you dig in your backyard, migration, lawn mowing, sibling rivalry, lazy Sundays, trampolines, annoying flatmates, landscaping etc…

See the attached submissions call for full details.

Deadline: 2nd August 2020

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Call for stories of depression and healing

Tautoko Publishing calls for submissions of personal stories of depression and healing.

This opportunity is open to everyone aged over 18, regardless of your previous writing experience. The publisher will offer editing services to those selected.

Find out more about the submissions call and Tautoko Publishing.

Deadline: 9th August 2020

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Page & Blackmore success

A huge congratulations to current Hagley Writers’ student, Laura Tretheway, and graduates Sue Kingham and Bruce Morrison, whose stories See Ya Sausage, The Question, and Two Words have been shortlisted for the Page & Blackmore Short Story Competition.

Judge Mandy Hager will announce the winning stories on 30 May, and we can’t wait to hear the results. Good luck, Laura, Sue, and Bruce!

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Fresh from Palmy

Milly Magazine is a newly launched online journal, based in Palmerston North. Edited by Theressa Malone, it has a fresh aesthetic and a special focus on essays. Milly calls for submissions short fiction, poetry and reviews, too, especially if they:

“…unearth parts of daily life otherwise ignored.”

There’s currently a small sampling of work up, so you can get a feel for things to come. Check out I once breathed an ancient breath, by Devon Judd, and Lossy, by Kingston Rivera.

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New rāhui journal

Stasis is a brand new journal, operating for the duration of the rāhui, and possibly longer.

Edited by writer and artist Sinead Overbye and poetry slam champion Jordan Hamel, it seeks a wide range of fiction and non-fiction writing, poetry, reviews, art, and more, with a focus on work created during the coronavirus lockdown period.

Find out more about Stasis journal here, including how to submit.

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Flash journals

Here’s a selection of some of the best local and international journals that specialise heavily (or exclusively) in the very short form. Most of these journals are dedicated to flash fiction, but a few are looking for flash nonfiction too.

We haven’t included journals that publish flash along with a mix of other forms, although there are plenty of those too (see Publications for some good leads).

A3 Review

Atticus Review

Bath Flash Fiction

Battery Pack

Best Small Fictions

Brevity

Cheap Pop

Compressed

DOGZPLOT

Everyday Fiction

Fictive Dream

FlashBack Fiction

Flash: The International Short Fiction Magazine

Flash Fiction Magazine

Flash Frontier

Ghost Parachute

HOOT

Jellyfish Review

Lost Balloon

Matchbook

MoonPark Review

NANO Fiction

Nanoism

New Flash Fiction Review

Okay Donkey

Paper Darts

Pidgeonholes

Popshot Quarterly

SmokeLong Quarterly

Spelk

The Drabble

Tiny Essays

TSS Publishing

Vestal Review

Wigleaf

Word-O-Mat

X-R-A-Y

Zeroflash

[100 word story]

3AM Magazine

5×5

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