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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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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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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Chris Stewart in new AUP Poets collection

Congratulations to graduate Chris Stewart!

His poetry has been selected for AUP new poets 6, alongside Ben Kemp and Vanessa Crofskey.

Edited by Anna Jackson, the collection will be published in March by Auckland University Press.

To date, Chris’s other work has appeared in local journals including takahē, Brief, Sweet Mammalian, Snorkel, Mimicry, Blackmail Press, Aotearotica, and Catalyst, as well as internationally.

Watch his innovative video poem Rain, which was previously featured as Vallum’s Poem of the Week.

We are thrilled that Chris is also going to be a mentor for 2020 students.

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Frankie’s book in Top 10!!

Hagley tutor Frankie McMillan’s latest book of flash fiction has been named in The Spinoff’s top 10 fiction titles of 2019 – very well deserved. I expect more accolades for this book.

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Publishing successes for 2018 graduates……

Congratulations to graduates from 2018 who have had work published this year:

Kaye Gillhooley’s fiction was published in takahē 95, and twice in X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine, with her story Trout nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Scholastic is issuing a second print run of Desna Wallace’s children’s novel, Canterbury Quake, due out in February 2020.

Toni Wi’s fiction was published in takahē 96, the Year’s Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction & Fantasy: Volume I, and her flash fiction Dunedin was long listed for National Flash Fiction Day 2019.

Three of Shannon Beynon’s flash fictions were published in takahē 96.

Sandra Hamilton’s flash fiction appeared in the April 2019: Love edition of Flash Frontier.

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Christina Stachurski has left us – but not really

Christina Stachurski
While we are very sad that Christina will not be tutoring in 2020, she is still going to mentor students so we will still have her experience, expertise and great company to enjoy. Thank you, Christina for all the wonderful work you have done for our students – you have been greatly appreciated and loved.

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Zoë Meager is our new tutor!

We are delighted to announce that Zoë Meager will be tutoring in 2020. She joins Frankie McMillan and is a highly qualified and experienced writer and teacher. Zoë is from Ōtautahi and has a Master of Creative Writing from the University of Auckland. Her short stories have been commended at home and abroad, including winning the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize, Pacific Region, 2013, with her story Things with Faces, which was published in Granta. Her work has appeared in Hue and Cry, Landfall, North & South, Overland, and Turbine | Kapohau, among others, and been anthologised in Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand, and two Bath Flash Fiction volumes. She is fiction editor for takahē and an Editorial Assistant (Fiction) for Overland. There’s more at zoemeager.com.

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