Zoë Meager

Zoë Meager


"Only an animal or a child will run after something that has just mown it down." — from Things with faces





Zoë Meager lives in her hometown of Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand.

Her short stories and flash fiction have been commended at home and abroad, including winning the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize, Pacific Region, 2013. 

Her work has appeared in Hue and Cry, Landfall, North & South, Overland, and Turbine | Kapohau, and been anthologised in Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand, and two Bath Flash Fiction volumes.

She is Fiction Editor at takahe, and an Editorial Assistant (Fiction) for Overland.  

"The tea party was necessary, they explained. Without it, the chimpanzees would riot." — from Rewilding





August 2019

[Untitled] wins the Hagley Writers' Institute 2019 Poetry Competition.


June 2019

A mother’s touch in included in National Flash Fiction Day’s Flash Flood (U.K.).

May 2019

Editorial collective member for Overland 234.5: autumn fiction edition.

"The army had continued North and left Hiromitsu shouting at the locals, his mouth an angry train in the cold." — from Permafrost



A mother's touch – North & South and Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand and Flash Flood

Concrete dream – Sponge

Engulfment – National Flash Fiction Day NZ

First fish – Overland

Four stubbies – Penduline Press

Heartworm – Penduline Press

Hoot harbinger – Severine Lit

How it ends – Headland

How to see a taniwha – Flash, I love you!

How to select for animal testing – The New Guard Volume IV and The Commuting Book

Let us choose to adventure (part 5.1) – Lockjaw Magazine 

Lipstick on rye – The Lobsters Run Free: Bath Flash Fiction Volume 2

My, she was yar – Ellipsis Zine: One

No one looks sideways at a servant – HISSAC

Permafrost – Numéro Cinq

Plaster cast – Landfall

Rewilding – Flash Frontier

Say ahhh – The First Line

Sharp stars – To Carry Her Home: Bath Flash Fiction Volume One and The Commuting Book and Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand

Spike – Landfall

Starting again – Litro

The find – Word-o-Mat Edition 2

The lunchbox – North & South

The replacement – The Casket of Fictional Delights

The scar – Headland 

The tether – The Island Review

Things with faces –  Granta

This is how it works – Flash Frontier 


Treaty 1941 – Blue Fifth Review

Yolk folk – Turbine | Kapohau

Your problem – Hue and Cry, Issue 7, ‘Deep’




"Then I was born and at first I loved my mother." — from THIS WAY UP


the others


Abstract Composition I – In Collusion
Abstract Composition II – In Collusion

FLASHPOINT – Flash Frontier

Heartworm (letterpress print by Makyla Curtis), in He Whakaritenga Hou – A New Setting exhibition at MOTAT.

How to build everything you hoped for, in Impossible Instructions: a collaboration between writers & artists (chapbook), Gigantic Sequins

in translation

Punctum Magazine – Būtnes ar sejām translated by Anastasija Mežecka


Zoë reads Yolk Folk on Plains FM’s Bookenz programme [from 22:32]

flash film


People in our Pages: Zoë Meager, with Sam Averis, in Flash Frontier, July 2018

Extras: Interview with Zoë Meager, by Allan Drew, in Headland, September 2016

In Conversation: Zoë Meager, in Granta, May 2013



"Ava doesn’t say anything, because all the words have already been used by somebody else." — from A mother’s touch



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