About me

“Writing saves my life. I write every day. It gives shape to my dreams and responses, it is a voice that is and isn’t me. Ha! the disappearing trick of it.”

Gail Ingram writes and lives on the tussock-clad Heathcote hills of Christchurch, Aotearoa / New Zealand. She holds a First Class Masters of Creative Writing from Massey University, and graduated cum laude from Hagley Writers Institute in 2006.

Her poetry and fiction is widely published in New Zealand and internationally. She is an experienced editor and teacher of writing.


  • 2016 Winner Open Section, New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competition;
      2015 Commended Open Section;
      2014 Commended Open Section
  • 2016 Special Mention Hagley Writers Institute National Poetry Day Competition;
      2014 Commended.
  • 2016 Commended National Flash Fiction Day Competition;
      2014 Longlisted.
  • 2016 Winner 150th Fairlie Anniversary Poetry Competition
  • 2016 Finalist International Best Short Fictions 2016
  • 2015 Nominated for PUSHCART PRIZE in short fiction
  • 2015 Shortlist International Fish Short Story Award
  • 2015 Runner-up takahe International Poetry Competition
  • 2013 Highly Commended BNZ Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award
  • 2013 Highly Commended takahe International Short Story Competition
  • 2012 Second place NZAC Short Story Competition
  • 2012 Special Mention NCSU Science Museum International Haiku Comp
  • 2011 3x Commended 2011 SIWA National Short Story Competition
  • 2010 Second Place NZSA One Day Short Story Competition

Published Works


published or pending in the following journals and anthologies from New Zealand, Australia and United States:

  • Poetry New Zealand (Yearbook 3, 2 & Issue 47)
  • Atlanta Review (2017)
  • Manifesto (OUP 2017)
  • Blue Five Notebook (2016)
  • NZPS Anthologies 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011
  • takahe (87, 84, 82)
  • Leaving the Red Zone Poems from the Canterbury Earthquakes (Clerestory 2016)
  • Fineline (NZPS 2014)
  • Blackmail Press 41
  • Quick Brown Dog (Hagley Writers 2014, 2013)
  • Cordite Poetry Review 44
  • BNZ Katherine Mansfield Short, Short Fiction (2013)
  • The Christchurch Press.

Short Stories and Flash Fiction

published in the following journals from New Zealand and United States:

  • Flash Frontier (Nov, Aug, April 2016, Feb 2015, April, July, Dec 2014)
  • Quick Brown Dog (Hagley Writers 2013)
  • takahe 77
  • Penduline Press
  • The Climber
  • 2011 SIWA National Short Story Competition Anthology.

Non-Fiction and Other

  • 2016 Flash Frontier Nov 2016 Featured Writer
  • 2016 Canterbury Poetry Collective Spring Series: Guest Reader
  • 2016 & 2014 Into the Light Story Collective: Invited Reader
  • 2015 Plains FM Writers’ Block Guest Speaker on Writing Free Verse

Current Project

A collection of poems, The Graffiti Artist, centred around a fictional graffiti artist/mother and her sons, who are coping with mental health and drug issues. A fractured narrative set against the backdrop of the Christchurch rebuild, it explores the juxtaposition between the illegality of graffiti alongside the legality of commercial constructions, art and its influence.

Shake City
Photograph from “Spectrum”, an exhibition of graffiti artists at YMCA, Christchurch 2016


Flash Frontier, Associate Editor flash-frontier.com

South Island Writers Association, committee member southislandwriters.co.nz

New Zealand Poetry Society, member poetrysociety.org.nz


Please email me at gailzingram@gmail.com