Established in 2013, The Quick Brown Dog is the Hagley Writers’ Institute journal.

The Quick Brown Dog offers graduates a valuable one-off opportunity to edit a literary journal, with mentoring and support from the Institute. Editors are responsible for the full range of editorial duties, from deciding on the theme and layout, to reading submissions and making selections.

Over the years, the journal has featured the poetry and prose of writers including Victoria Broome, Marisa Cappetta, Rose Collins, Jeni Curtis, Fiona Farrell, Nod Ghosh, Bernadette Hall, Gail Ingram, Teoti Jardine, Sue Kingham, Frankie McMillan, Isabelle McNeur, James Norcliffe, Vivienne Plumb, Kerrin P Sharpe, and Chris Stewart, among many others.

The 2013, 2014, and 2017 issues were published online. In 2020, thanks for support from Creative New Zealand and Hagley College, the fourth issue was published in print, and launched at the WORD Christchurch Festival.