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.

Publishing features, fiction, poetry, reviews, comment, artwork and opinion pieces, Overland is committed to engaging with important literary, cultural and political issues in contemporary Australia. It has a tradition of publishing dissenting articles with a political and cultural focus.

With ‘culture that matters … since 1954’ as its motto, Overland is the only high-profile Australian literary magazine that sees the publication and advancement of new and marginal writers as part of its charter.

Produced quarterly, Overland was founded in 1954 under the editorship of Stephen Murray-Smith, with the motto ‘temper democratic, bias Australian’. At the time it incorporated The Realist Writer, the journal of the Melbourne Realist Writers’ Group.

Contributors over the years include Peter Carey, Patrick White, Garry Disher, Elizabeth Jolley, Stuart Macintyre, David Foster, Germaine Greer, Dorothy Hewett, Bob Ellis, Mark Davis, Sam Watson, David Williamson, Thomas Shapcott, Judith Wright, Rodney Hall, Gwen Harwood, Thea Astley, Alan Marshall, Xavier Herbert, Amanda Lohrey, Eric Beach, Bruce Dawe, Frank Moorhouse, Manning Clark, Humphrey McQueen, Christina Stead, Geoffrey Dutton, Max Harris, Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Nancy Cato, Frank Hardy, Lily Brett, Peter Porter, James McAuley, Geoffrey Serle, Graham Pitts, Desmond O’Grady, Robert Adamson, Ian Turner, Jack Hibberd, Dean Kiley, Christos Tsiolkas, Alex Buzo, Martin Flanagan, Marcia Langton, Fiona Capp, Margaret Simons, Linda Jaivin and many others.

Yet Overland also gives a voice to the experiences that are excluded from the 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.

While Overland remains committed to the quarterly print journal, the journal’s project now also includes regular online publication.

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Now open

If you are a current Overland subscriber, use this form to enter the Judith Wright Poetry Prize.

Established in 2007, with support from the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets fosters poetry by writers who have published no more than one collection of poems under their own name. It is one of the richest prizes for emerging poets in Australia.

In 2016, the major prize is $6000, with a second prize of $2000 and a third prize of $1000. All three winners will be published in the first issue of Overland’s print magazine next year. Judges will be announced shortly.

Competition closes 11.59 pm, Sunday 20 November 2016.


Ends on November 20, 2016$ 20.00
$ 20.00

Now open

If you do not have a current subscription to Overland, use this form to enter the Judith Wright Poetry Prize.

Established in 2007, with support from the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets fosters poetry by writers who have published no more than one collection of poems under their own name. It is one of the richest prizes for emerging poets in Australia.

In 2016, the major prize is $6000, with a second prize of $2000 and a third prize of $1000. All three winners will be published in the first issue of Overland’s print magazine next year. Judges will be announced shortly.

Competition closes 11.59 pm, Sunday 20 November 2016.

Ends on November 20, 2016$ 12.00
$ 12.00

Now open

If you are a current Overland subscriber, use this form to enter the 2016 Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize.

Named after the late Neilma Gantner, this prize seeks excellent short fiction of up to 3000 words themed around the notion of ‘travel’. Supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, the competition is open to all writers, nationally and internationally, at any stage of their writing career. The winning story will receive a $4000 first prize and be published in Overland’s print magazine. Two runners-up will each receive $500 and be published at Overland online to coincide with the release of the print magazine.

Judges will be announced shortly.

Competition closes 11.59 pm, Sunday 20 November 2016.

Ends on November 20, 2016$ 20.00
$ 20.00

Now open

If you are not currently an Overland subscriber, use this form to enter the 2016 Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize.

Named after the late Neilma Gantner, this prize seeks excellent short fiction of up to 3000 words themed around the notion of ‘travel’. Supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, the competition is open to all writers, nationally and internationally, at any stage of their writing career. The winning story will receive a $4000 first prize and be published in Overland’s print magazine. Two runners-up will each receive $500 and be published at Overland online to coincide with the release of the print magazine.

Judges will be announced shortly.

Competition closes 11.59 pm, Sunday 20 November 2016.

Cursive Letters is a new literary advice column, written by our fiction editor Jennifer Mills, that promises to answer Overland readers’ questions about professional etiquette, ethical dilemmas, creative resilience, and how to survive as a working writer without losing your friends and/or mind.

Note, writers seeking advice are welcome to remain anonymous.

Submit away!

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. 

 


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 support Overland and become a subscriber here.

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. 

 


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.

Now open

If you have just taken out a subscription to Overland, use this form to enter the Judith Wright Poetry Prize.

Established in 2007, with support from the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets fosters poetry by writers who have published no more than one collection of poems under their own name. It is one of the richest prizes for emerging poets in Australia.

In 2016, the major prize is $6000, with a second prize of $2000 and a third prize of $1000. All three winners will be published in the first issue of Overland’s print magazine next year. Judges will be announced shortly.

Competition closes 11.59 pm, Sunday 20 November 2016.

 

Now open

If you have just taken out a subscription to Overland, use this form to enter the Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize.

Named after the late Neilma Gantner, this prize seeks excellent short fiction of up to 3000 words themed around the notion of ‘travel’. Supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, the competition is open to all writers, nationally and internationally, at any stage of their writing career. The winning story will receive a $4000 first prize and be published in Overland’s print magazine. Two runners-up will each receive $500 and be published at Overland online to coincide with the release of the print magazine.

Judges will be announced shortly.

Competition closes 11.59 pm, Sunday 20 November 2016.