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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