About Overland

Overland – Australia’s only radical literary magazine – has been showcasing brilliant and progressive fiction, poetry, nonfiction and art since 1954. The magazine has published some of Australia’s most iconic voices, and continues to give space to underrepresented voices and brand-new literary talent every single day.

In 2017, Overland is a quarterly print journal (publishing essays, stories and poetry) and an online magazine, publishing nonfiction articles each week day. Overland also publishes special online editions of fiction and poetry, hosts events and debates, and runs a writing residency and a series of literary competitions. 

Overland has a proud history of publishing dissenting articles and gives a voice to the experiences that are excluded from mainstream media and publishing outlets. The magazine has been part of an ongoing attempt to document lesser-known stories and histories, dissect media hysteria and dishonesty, debunk the populist hype of politicians, give a voice to those whose stories are otherwise marginalised, misrepresented or ignored, and point public debate in alternative directions.


2017 contributor rates 

For the online magazine

Articles: $120.

For the print magazine

Fiction: $500; essays: $500; poetry: $150.


Overland relies on its subscribers for survival. For that reason, the editors prioritise submissions by subscribers. While all work will be read, we cannot guarantee response times to submissions by non-subscribers. You can support Overland by becoming a subscriber.

Overland would not exist without its subscribers. If you have a current subscription to Overland, use this form to submit your essay to the Fair Australia Prize.

Entry to the Fair Australia Prize is free.

About the Fair Australia Prize

The Fair Australia Prize is five $4000 prizes:

  • one for fiction (up to 3000 words)
  • one for essay (up to 3000 words)
  • one for poetry (up to 88 lines)
  • one for graphic or cartoon (180 mm wide by 255 mm high), and
  • one for the best entry by a NUW, MEAA and/or NTEU member (in any category)

The prize encourages artists and writers of fiction, poetry and essays to be part of setting a new agenda for our future, questioning our collective common future and how we might get there, together. Winning entries will be published in a special Fair Australia supplement in Overland 229, to be launched in Melbourne in early December.

*Members of the NUW, MEAA and/or NTEU kindly note: there is no separate category for union member entries. Instead, simply tick the box that asks if you are a member on the entry form for your category (whether that cartoon, fiction, poetry or essay)

How the prize will be judged

In each category, submissions will be read blind by a panel of judges. Winners will be selected on the basis of their aesthetic excellence, and their engagement with the issues and themes above and in this background material.

Entrants are encouraged to respond creatively and imaginatively – the competition seeks to foster innovative thinking and expression rather than dogma or didacticism.

The prize for the Essay category is $4000 and publication in Overland.

Submission details

Entries for the prize close 11.59 pm 31 August 2017. The shortlist and winners will be announced at overland.org.au in November.

Please ensure you have read the entry conditions before submitting.

If you are not a current Overland subscriber, use this page to submit your essay to the Overland NUW Fair Australia Prize. 

Entry to the Fair Australia Prize is free.

*Overland would not exist without its subscribers. You can become an Overland subscriber here.

About the Fair Australia Prize

The Fair Australia Prize is five $4000 prizes:

  • one for fiction (up to 3000 words)
  • one for essay (up to 3000 words)
  • one for poetry (up to 88 lines)
  • one for graphic or cartoon (180 mm wide by 255 mm high), and
  • one for the best entry by a NUW, MEAA and/or NTEU member (in any category)

The prize encourages artists and writers of fiction, poetry and essays to be part of setting a new agenda for our future, questioning our collective common future and how we might get there, together. Winning entries will be published in a special Fair Australia supplement in Overland 229, to be launched in Melbourne in early December.

*Members of the NUW, MEAA and/or NTEU kindly note: there is no separate category for union member entries. Instead, simply tick the box that asks if you are a member on the entry form for your category (whether that cartoon, fiction, poetry or essay)

How the prize will be judged

In each category, submissions will be read blind by a panel of judges. Winners will be selected on the basis of their aesthetic excellence, and their engagement with the issues and themes above and in this background material.

Entrants are encouraged to respond creatively and imaginatively – the competition seeks to foster innovative thinking and expression rather than dogma or didacticism.

The prize for the Essay category is $4000 and publication in Overland.

Submission details

Entries for the prize close 11.59 pm 31 August 2017. The shortlist and winners will be announced at overland.org.au in November.

Please ensure you have read the entry conditions before submitting.


Overland would not exist without its subscribers. If you have a current subscription to Overland, use this form to submit your short fiction to the Fair Australia Prize.

Entry to the Fair Australia Prize is free.

About the Fair Australia Prize

The Fair Australia Prize is five $4000 prizes:

  • one for fiction (up to 3000 words)
  • one for essay (up to 3000 words)
  • one for poetry (up to 88 lines)
  • one for graphic or cartoon (180 mm wide by 255 mm high), and
  • one for the best entry by a NUW, MEAA and/or NTEU member (in any category)

The prize encourages artists and writers of fiction, poetry and essays to be part of setting a new agenda for our future, questioning our collective common future and how we might get there, together. Winning entries will be published in a special Fair Australia supplement in Overland 229, to be launched in Melbourne in early December.

*Members of the NUW, MEAA and/or NTEU kindly note: there is no separate category for union member entries. Instead, simply tick the box that asks if you are a member on the entry form for your category (whether that cartoon, fiction, poetry or essay)

How the prize will be judged

In each category, submissions will be read blind by a panel of judges. Winners will be selected on the basis of their aesthetic excellence, and their engagement with the issues and themes above and in this background material.

Entrants are encouraged to respond creatively and imaginatively – the competition seeks to foster innovative thinking and expression rather than dogma or didacticism.

The prize for the Fiction category is $4000 and publication in Overland.

Submission details

Entries for the prize close 11.59 pm 31 August 2017. The shortlist and winners will be announced at overland.org.au in November.

Please ensure you have read the entry conditions before submitting.

If you are not a current Overland subscriber, use this page to submit your short fiction to the Overland NUW Fair Australia Prize. 

Entry to the Fair Australia Prize is free.

*Overland would not exist without its subscribers. You can become an Overland subscriber here.

About the Fair Australia Prize

The Fair Australia Prize is five $4000 prizes:

  • one for fiction (up to 3000 words)
  • one for essay (up to 3000 words)
  • one for poetry (up to 88 lines)
  • one for graphic or cartoon (180 mm wide by 255 mm high), and
  • one for the best entry by a NUW, MEAA and/or NTEU member (in any category)

The prize encourages artists and writers of fiction, poetry and essays to be part of setting a new agenda for our future, questioning our collective common future and how we might get there, together. Winning entries will be published in a special Fair Australia supplement in Overland 229, to be launched in Melbourne in early December.

*Members of the NUW, MEAA and/or NTEU kindly note: there is no separate category for union member entries. Instead, simply tick the box that asks if you are a member on the entry form for your category (whether that cartoon, fiction, poetry or essay)

How the prize will be judged

In each category, submissions will be read blind by a panel of judges. Winners will be selected on the basis of their aesthetic excellence, and their engagement with the issues and themes above and in this background material.

Entrants are encouraged to respond creatively and imaginatively – the competition seeks to foster innovative thinking and expression rather than dogma or didacticism.

The prize for the Fiction category is $4000 and publication in Overland.

Submission details

Entries for the prize close 11.59 pm 31 August 2017. The shortlist and winners will be announced at overland.org.au in November.

Please ensure you have read the entry conditions before submitting.

Overland would not exist without its subscribers. If you have a current subscription to Overland, use this form to submit your graphic to the Fair Australia Prize.

Entry to the Fair Australia Prize is free.

About the Fair Australia Prize

The Fair Australia Prize is five $4000 prizes:

  • one for fiction (up to 3000 words)
  • one for essay (up to 3000 words)
  • one for poetry (up to 88 lines)
  • one for graphic or cartoon (180 mm wide by 255 mm high), and
  • one for the best entry by a NUW, MEAA and/or NTEU member (in any category)

The prize encourages artists and writers of fiction, poetry and essays to be part of setting a new agenda for our future, questioning our collective common future and how we might get there, together. Winning entries will be published in a special Fair Australia supplement in Overland 229, to be launched in Melbourne in early December.

*Members of the NUW, MEAA and/or NTEU kindly note: there is no separate category for union member entries. Instead, simply tick the box that asks if you are a member on the entry form for your category (whether that cartoon, fiction, poetry or essay)

How the prize will be judged

In each category, submissions will be read blind by a panel of judges. Winners will be selected on the basis of their aesthetic excellence, and their engagement with the issues and themes above and in this background material.

Entrants are encouraged to respond creatively and imaginatively – the competition seeks to foster innovative thinking and expression rather than dogma or didacticism.

The prize for the Graphic category is $4000 and publication in Overland.

Submission details

Entries for the prize close 11.59 pm 31 August 2017. The shortlist and winners will be announced at overland.org.au in November.

Please ensure you have read the entry conditions before submitting.

If you are not a current Overland subscriber, use this page to submit your graphic or cartoon to the 2017 Fair Australia Prize. You can become an Overland subscriber here.


Entry conditions:

  • This is a prize for original pieces in black and white or colour.
  • Submissions must be unpublished (including online) and not under consideration by other publishers.
  • Submissions that have won or are under consideration in other competitions are not eligible.
  • Submissions will be processed electronically.
  • The competition will be judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript or the entry will be disqualified.
  • Multiple entries are acceptable, although each must be entered into the submission system separately.
  • The winning entries will be published by Overland.
  • Entrants must respond to the guidelines, background and materials provided.
  • The closing date is 11.59 pm 31 August 2017. Late entries will not be accepted.
  • The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • The prize for each category will be $4000
  • The judges reserve the right not to arrive at a winner in any category.

Overland would not exist without its subscribers. If you have a current subscription to Overland, use this form to submit your poem to the Fair Australia Prize.

Entry to the Fair Australia Prize is free.

About the Fair Australia Prize

The Fair Australia Prize is five $4000 prizes:

  • one for fiction (up to 3000 words)
  • one for essay (up to 3000 words)
  • one for poetry (up to 88 lines)
  • one for graphic or cartoon (180 mm wide by 255 mm high), and
  • one for the best entry by a NUW, MEAA and/or NTEU member (in any category)

The prize encourages artists and writers of fiction, poetry and essays to be part of setting a new agenda for our future, questioning our collective common future and how we might get there, together. Winning entries will be published in a special Fair Australia supplement in Overland 229, to be launched in Melbourne in early December.

*Members of the NUW, MEAA and/or NTEU kindly note: there is no separate category for union member entries. Instead, simply tick the box that asks if you are a member on the entry form for your category (whether that cartoon, fiction, poetry or essay)

How the prize will be judged

In each category, submissions will be read blind by a panel of judges. Winners will be selected on the basis of their aesthetic excellence, and their engagement with the issues and themes above and in this background material.

Entrants are encouraged to respond creatively and imaginatively – the competition seeks to foster innovative thinking and expression rather than dogma or didacticism.

The prize for the Poetry category is $4000 and publication in Overland.

Submission details

Entries for the prize close 11.59 pm 31 August 2017. The shortlist and winners will be announced at overland.org.au in November.

Please ensure you have read the entry conditions before submitting.

If you are not a current Overland subscriber, use this page to submit your poem to the Overland NUW Fair Australia Prize. 

Entry to the Fair Australia Prize is free.

*Overland would not exist without its subscribers. You can become an Overland subscriber here.

About the Fair Australia Prize

The Fair Australia Prize is five $4000 prizes:

  • one for fiction (up to 3000 words)
  • one for essay (up to 3000 words)
  • one for poetry (up to 88 lines)
  • one for graphic or cartoon (180 mm wide by 255 mm high), and
  • one for the best entry by a NUW, MEAA and/or NTEU member (in any category)

The prize encourages artists and writers of fiction, poetry and essays to be part of setting a new agenda for our future, questioning our collective common future and how we might get there, together. Winning entries will be published in a special Fair Australia supplement in Overland 229, to be launched in Melbourne in early December.

*Members of the NUW, MEAA and/or NTEU kindly note: there is no separate category for union member entries. Instead, simply tick the box that asks if you are a member on the entry form for your category (whether that cartoon, fiction, poetry or essay)

How the prize will be judged

In each category, submissions will be read blind by a panel of judges. Winners will be selected on the basis of their aesthetic excellence, and their engagement with the issues and themes above and in this background material.

Entrants are encouraged to respond creatively and imaginatively – the competition seeks to foster innovative thinking and expression rather than dogma or didacticism.

The prize for the Poetry category is $4000 and publication in Overland.

Submission details

Entries for the prize close 11.59 pm 31 August 2017. The shortlist and winners will be announced at overland.org.au in November.

Please ensure you have read the entry conditions before submitting.

Overland would not exist without its subscribers. If you have a current subscription to Overland, use this form to pitch an article for publication.

Please explain your proposed article in 50 words or so. What will your piece be about and why are you the person to write it? How will your article be different from other writing on the subject? When will you be able to send the finished piece? Make sure that your deadline is realistic – if we accept your pitch, we are committing to publishing the article only so long as we receive publishable copy by the specified time and date.

If you can provide links to examples of your writing (whether in other publications or on your own site), please do so. 


Note, as of 2017, contributors to the online magazine are paid $120 per article.

Overland would not exist without its subscribers. If you do not have a current subscription to Overland, use this form to pitch ideas for articles. Though pitches by non-subscribers will be read, those by subscribers will be prioritised. You can help support Overland by becoming a subscriber.

Please explain your proposed article in 50 words or so. What will your piece be about and why are you the person to write it? How will your article be different from other writing on the subject? When will you be able to send the finished piece? Make sure that your deadline is realistic – if we accept your pitch, we are committing to publishing the article only so long as we receive publishable copy by the specified time and date.

If you can provide links to examples of your writing (whether in other publications or on your own site), please do so. 

 

Note, as of 2017, contributors to the online magazine are paid $120 per article.


Overland would not exist without its subscribers. If you have a current subscription to Overland, use this form for submissions of essays. You can support Overland and become a subscriber here.


Overland does not impose formal word limits but potential contributors should be aware that space limitations make longer pieces harder to accept.


We particularly encourage submissions from women writers, activists and academics. 

(Scholarly articles can be refereed upon request.)

Overland would not exist without its subscribers. If you do not have a current subscription to Overland, use this form for submissions of stories. Though submissions by non-subscribers will be read, those by subscribers will be prioritised. You can support Overland and become a subscriber here.
Scholarly articles are refereed.

Editor: Jennifer Mills.
Overland would not exist without its subscribers. If you have a current subscription to Overland, use this form for submissions of stories. You can support Overland and become a subscriber here.
Overland does not impose formal word limits but potential contributors should be aware that space limitations make longer pieces harder to accept.

Editor: Jennifer Mills.
Overland would not exist without its subscribers. If you do not have a current subscription to Overland, use this form for submissions of stories. Though submissions by non-subscribers will be read, those by subscribers will be prioritised. You can support Overland and become a subscriber here.

Overland would not exist without its subscribers. If you have a current subscription to Overland, use this form for submissions of articles for the online magazine.

Online articles will appear at www.overland.org.au and may be republished elsewhere.
 

Overland would not exist without its subscribers. If you do not have a current subscription to Overland, use this form for submissions of articles for the online magazine. Though submissions by non-subscribers will be read, those by subscribers will be prioritised. You can support Overland and become a subscriber here.
 

Poetry editor: Toby Fitch.
Overland publishes emerging, politically engaged poets, printing their work alongside more established national and international progressive contemporaries. The contributors' budget varies but the minimum payment for poems published in the print journal is $100. The payment rate for poems published online may be different.

Overland would not exist without its subscribers. If you have a current subscription to Overland, use this form for submissions of poetry. You can support Overland and become a subscriber here.

Submission note: due to the number of submissions Overland receives, we ask that poets submit no more than 3 poems per quarter. We also ask that multiple poems be submitted in a single Word document or PDF.

Poetry editor: Toby Fitch.

Overland publishes emerging, politically engaged poets, printing their work alongside more established national and international progressive contemporaries. The contributors' budget varies but the minimum payment for poems published in the print journal is $100. The payment rate for poems published online may be different.

Submission note: due to the number of submissions Overland receives, we ask that poets submit no more than 3 poems per quarter. We also ask that multiple poems be submitted in a single Word document or PDF.


Overland would not exist without its subscribers. If you do not have a current subscription to Overland, use this form for submissions of poetry. Though submissions by non-subscribers will be read, those by subscribers will be prioritised. You can support Overland and become a subscriber here.

Invoicing Overland

Overland pays contributors upon publication. If one of your pieces has recently appeared in our print or online magazines, this is the place to submit your invoice. Invoices should include your name, address, ABN and bank account details. Sample invoices can be downloaded here. 

*If you do not have an ABN, you will also need to submit a Statement by Supplier form.


2017 contributor rates 

For the online magazine

Articles: $120.

For the print magazine

Fiction: $500; essays: $500; poetry: $150.

 

We process invoices each week on a Tuesday. If it's been a couple of weeks and you haven't heard anything, you can follow up the status of your invoice by sending a query to overland@vu.edu.au


On another financial note, Overland would not exist without its subscribers. You can help support Overland by taking out an annual subscription, which start at $45If you're feeling even more generous, remember that Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of publishing ideas and voices often excluded from mainstream media and publishing outlets. Contributors are welcome to donate their fees back to the magazine. If you'd like to do this, please let us know.