Aotearoa journals

Looking for a home for your work?

There’s a treasure trove of homegrown literary journals and other outlets accepting prose, poetry, essays, reviews, and related work.

Some have rolling submissions, others have regular deadlines, and some may be on hiatus – check the submission guidelines carefully.

Hagley graduates pop up regularly in these journals, so get reading, subscribe if you can, and start submitting your work.

Good luck!

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Text Prize

The annual Text Prize is accepting entries of young adult and children’s fiction and non-fiction writing.

Open to Australian and New Zealand writers, first prize is a publishing contract with Text and a $10,000 advance against royalties!

Last year’s winner, Georgina Young, says of winning the prize for her YA novel Loner:

“While continuing to disbelieve in fate and fortune, I count my ordinary, unlucky stars to have heard word of the Text Prize at exactly the moment I had on hand a manuscript to submit.”

Polish those manuscripts, then find out more about the Text Prize or download the entry form.

Deadline: 7 February 2020

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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

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2019 Graduation

From left: Francesca Aitken, Kirstie McHale, Megan O’Neill

We were pleased to celebrate another successful year for our 2019 students. The Margaret Mahy Award was given to Francesca Aitken, runner up was Kirstie Mchale who also won the takehe Award for the best short story and Megan O’Neill was highly commended.

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It’s that time again …..

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WORD festival pop-up readings……

Hagley Writers’ Institute was part of the recent WORD Festival pop-up readings in New Regent St. It was a lively and busy event and thanks to our readers, Zoe Meager, Gail Ingram, Sam Averis, Chris Stewart and Ronnie Smart for showcasing their talent. The crowd came and went and you can see the great Scottish crime writer, Denise Mina, on the left, just next to our reader, Chris Stewart.

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