About Overland

Overland 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 2018, 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 experimenting with form, 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.

2019 contributor rates 


For the online magazine

Articles: $120.


For the print magazine

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


Please note

Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of publishing ideas and voices often excluded from mainstream media and publishing outlets – and the magazine would not exist without its subscribers. For that reason, the editors prioritise submissions by subscribers.

You can help support Overland by taking out an annual subscription, which start at $45

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.

**Overseas contributors are not required to submit an ABN (Australian Business Number). However, please ensure to include all the relevant international banking details on your invoice.


2019 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 $45. If 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.

If you have a current subscription to Overland, use this form to pitch an article for publication.


Pitching to Overland

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. 

In 2019, contributors to the online magazine are paid $120 per article.

 

About subscribing to Overland

Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of publishing ideas and voices often excluded from mainstream media and publishing outlets – but it would not exist without its subscribers. You can help support Overland by taking out an annual subscription, which start at $45

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.

Pitching to Overland

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. 

In 2019, contributors to the online magazine are paid $120 per article. 


About subscribing to Overland

Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of publishing ideas and voices often excluded from mainstream media and publishing outlets – but it would not exist without its subscribers. You can help support Overland by taking out an annual subscription on our website, which start at $45, or in the form below.

*Regarding the payment options below: only fill this section out if you wish to subscribe to the magazine.

If you have a current subscription to Overland, use this form for ficiton submissions for the print magazine.


Payment for stories published in the edition is $500.

Kindly note: due to the number of submissions our editors receive, we ask that writers submit no more than 2 stories for consideration for this edition.


About subscribing to Overland

Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of publishing ideas and voices often excluded from mainstream media and publishing outlets – but it would not exist without its subscribers. You can help support Overland by taking out an annual subscription, which start at $45, on our website

If you do not have a current subscription to Overland, use this form for submissions. You can support Overland by becoming a subscriber below. 


Payment for stories published in the edition is $500.

Kindly note: due to the number of submissions our editors receive, we ask that writers submit no more than 2 stories for consideration for this edition.


About subscribing to Overland

Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of publishing ideas and voices often excluded from mainstream media and publishing outlets – but it would not exist without its subscribers. You can help support Overland by taking out an annual subscription on our website, which start at $45, or in the form below.  

Regarding the payment options below: only fill this section out if you wish to subscribe to the magazine.

If you have a current subscription to Overland, use this form for submissions of articles for the online magazine.

 

About Overland’s online magazine

Overland publishes a daily nonfiction magazine of literary, political and cultural analysis and polemic. While the magazine is eclectic, the online format generally favours short, punchy and topical articles. The rate for online articles is $120.

About subscribing to Overland

Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of publishing ideas and voices often excluded from mainstream media and publishing outlets – but it would not exist without its subscribers. You can help support Overland by taking out an annual subscription, which start at $45, on our website.
 

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. 

 

About Overland’s online magazine

Overland publishes a daily nonfiction magazine of literary, political and cultural analysis and polemic. While the magazine is eclectic, the online format generally favours short, punchy and topical articles. The rate for online articles is $120. 


About subscribing to Overland

Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of publishing ideas and voices often excluded from mainstream media and publishing outlets – but it would not exist without its subscribers. You can help support Overland by taking out an annual subscription on our website, which start at $45, or in the form below.

Regarding the payment options below: only fill this section out if you wish to subscribe to the magazine.

If you have a current subscription to Overland, use this form for essay submissions for the print magazine.

  

About the essays in Overland’s print magazine

The print edition of Overland publishes essays, polemics and other hard-hitting articles with a strong cultural or political analysis. As a quarterly, it cannot carry news articles or other content that will date quickly. Because space in the print edition is necessarily limited, material submitted in this category must justify its inclusion on the basis of originality, style, theoretical profundity or similar basis –it must, in short, stand the test of time. Academic articles may be refereed but Overland is a generalist publication and discourages specialist or narrowly scholastic submissions. Overland does not impose formal word limits but potential contributors should be aware that space limitations make longer pieces harder to accept.

The standard payment for nonfiction print essays is $500. Editor: Jacinda Woodhead.  

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

  

About subscribing to Overland

Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of publishing ideas and voices often excluded from mainstream media and publishing outlets – but it would not exist without its subscribers. You can help support Overland by taking out an annual subscription, which start at $45, on our website.

If you do not have a current subscription to Overland, use this form for submissions. Though submissions by non-subscribers will be read, those by subscribers will be prioritised. You can support Overland by becoming a subscriber below.

About the essays in Overland’s print magazine

The print edition of Overland publishes essays, polemics and other hard-hitting articles with a strong cultural or political analysis. As a quarterly, it cannot carry news articles or other content that will date quickly. Because space in the print edition is necessarily limited, material submitted in this category must justify its inclusion on the basis of originality, style, theoretical profundity or similar basis –it must, in short, stand the test of time. Academic articles may be refereed but Overland is a generalist publication and discourages specialist or narrowly scholastic submissions. Overland does not impose formal word limits but potential contributors should be aware that space limitations make longer pieces harder to accept.

The standard payment for nonfiction print essays is $500. Editor: Jacinda Woodhead.  

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

About subscribing to Overland

Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of publishing ideas and voices often excluded from mainstream media and publishing outlets – but it would not exist without its subscribers. You can help support Overland by taking out an annual subscription on our website, which start at $45, or in the form below. 

Regarding the payment options below: only fill this section out if you wish to subscribe to the magazine.

If you have a current subscription to Overland, use this form for poetry submissions to the print quarterly. 

  

About the poetry in Overland’s print magazine

Overland publishes emerging, politically engaged poets, printing their work alongside more established national and international progressive contemporaries. The payment for poems published in the print journal is $150 per poem. Poetry editor: Toby Fitch.

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. 

*We particularly encourage submissions from women writers of colour.  

About subscribing to Overland

Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of publishing ideas and voices often excluded from mainstream media and publishing outlets – but it would not exist without its subscribers. You can help support Overland by taking out an annual subscription, which start at $45, on our website

If you do not have a current subscription to Overland, use this form for submissions. Though submissions by non-subscribers will be read, those by subscribers will be prioritised. You can support Overland by becoming a subscriber below.  


About the poetry in Overland’s print magazine

Overland publishes emerging, politically engaged poets, printing their work alongside more established national and international progressive contemporaries. The payment for poems published in the print journal is $150 per poem. Poetry editor: Toby Fitch.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. *We particularly encourage submissions from women writers of colour.  

About subscribing to Overland

Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of publishing ideas and voices often excluded from mainstream media and publishing outlets – but it would not exist without its subscribers. You can help support Overland by taking out an annual subscription on our website, which start at $45, or in the form below.

Regarding the payment options below: only fill this section out if you wish to subscribe to the magazine.

*Extended – now closing 6 May


About the program

We are pleased to announce that Overland will be running two writing residencies in 2019, both of which are supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation. These residencies will again address a lack of opportunities for underrepresented writers, providing space, time, stipend and mentorship.

Feedback from previous applicants suggested that we needed to:

– increase the stipend (the previous stipend of $500 per week was less than the minimum wage)

– ensure that writers outside the Greater Melbourne area aren’t excluded from these kinds of literary opportunities

– provide support so that resident-writers have the option of bringing their families along on the residency if they so wish


Our first 2019 residency – between May and August*

(*Approximate timeline)

Our first residency of 2019 is for a writer who identifies as a woman, and who is the sole primary carer of one or more children. The residency is open to writers anywhere in Australia, but must start by June 2019. The resident-writer will be mentored by Alison Croggon, and will have the opportunity to meet with Alison regularly, receiving detailed feedback at the beginning and conclusion of the residency.

Applicants should be working on a book-length writing project (or equivalent) in any form, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art/graphic, screenwriting, playwriting, experimental etc.


Introducing our (new and improved) writing residency model

  1. Successful residency applicants will receive a stipend based on the award rate for a working writer (early-career) – $882.80 per week. (Thank you, Malcolm Robertson Foundation!)
  2. In 2019, both residencies will be open to local writers and writers living outside the Greater Melbourne area or interstate.

This is where it gets a little complicated, so bear with us: we are going to allow for two versions of both residencies – a one-month interstate residency, with travel and accommodation, OR a three-month local residency. Both residencies are costed at the same amount ($10,593.60), and will be awarded to the strongest applicants – local, regional or interstate – whom the residency will most benefit.

Both residencies will take place at the Overland offices at Victoria University, Nicholson Street campus, and include access to a secure and private office.


How to apply

Please read the entry conditions below to confirm eligibility.

Applications will be accepted through Submittable and should include:

  • up to 500 words about how the residency would help you in your particular circumstances
  • a short synopsis of your current project (up to 300 words)
  • a chapter (or equivalent extract) from your current work-in-progress

Applications close 11:59 pm, Monday 6 May 2019. All applications are confidential.

If you have any queries about your eligibility, please contact overland@vu.edu.au.


Entry conditions

The residency recipients will be announced by mid May 2019.

  1. If based in Melbourne, the successful applicant will receive a three-month residency at Overland’s offices in Footscray, Melbourne; a stipend of $882.80 per week ($10,593.60 in total); and a mentorship.
  2. If applying from outside the Greater Melbourne area or interstate, the successful applicant will receive a one-month residency at Overland’s offices in Footscray, Melbourne; transport costs to Melbourne and return (up to $2000); accommodation (up to $3000); a lump-sum stipend (approx. $5,593.60); and a mentorship.
  3. Applicants for our first residency should be women writers who are the primary carers of one or more children (that is, who identify as a sole parent, single mother or similar) and working on a book-length project or equivalent.
  4. Applicants for the second residency of 2019 should identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writer and be working on a book-length project or equivalent.
  5. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia.
  6. Submissions will be processed electronically. Please use a legible font and font size.
  7. There is no application fee.
  8. The closing date for applications is 11:59 pm, Monday 6 May 2019. Late entries will not be accepted.
  9. The judge panel’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.


About subscribing to Overland

Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of publishing ideas and voices often excluded from mainstream media and publishing outlets – but it would not exist without its subscribers. You can help support Overland by taking out an annual subscription on our website, which start at $45, or in the form below.

*Regarding the payment options below: only fill this section out if you wish to subscribe to the magazine.

*Extended – now closing 6 May


About the program

We are pleased to announce that Overland will be running two writing residencies in 2019, both of which are supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation. These residencies will again address a lack of opportunities for underrepresented writers, providing space, time, stipend and mentorship.

Feedback from previous applicants suggested that we needed to:

– increase the stipend (the previous stipend of $500 per week was less than the minimum wage)

– ensure that writers outside the Greater Melbourne area aren’t excluded from these kinds of literary opportunities

– provide support so that resident-writers have the option of bringing their families along on the residency if they so wish


Our second 2019 residency – between July and October*

(*Approximate timeline)

Our second residency of 2019 is for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writer at any stage of their career. The residency is open to writers anywhere in Australia, but must start by September 2019. The resident-writer will be mentored by Jeanine Leane, and will have the opportunity to meet with Jeanine regularly, receiving detailed feedback at the beginning and conclusion of the residency.

Applicants should be working on a book-length writing project (or equivalent) in any form, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art/graphic, screenwriting, playwriting, experimental etc.


Introducing our (new and improved) writing residency model

  1. Successful residency applicants will receive a stipend based on the award rate for a working writer (early-career) – $882.80 per week. (Thank you, Malcolm Robertson Foundation!)
  2. In 2019, both residencies will be open to local writers and writers living outside the Greater Melbourne area or interstate.

This is where it gets a little complicated, so bear with us: we are going to allow for two versions of both residencies – a one-month interstate residency, with travel and accommodation, OR a three-month local residency. Both residencies are costed at the same amount ($10,593.60), and will be awarded to the strongest applicants – local, regional or interstate – whom the residency will most benefit.

Both residencies will take place at the Overland offices at Victoria University, Nicholson Street campus, and include access to a secure and private office.


How to apply

Please read the entry conditions below to confirm eligibility.

Applications will be accepted through Submittable and should include:

  • up to 500 words about how the residency would help you in your particular circumstances
  • a short synopsis of your current project (up to 300 words)
  • a chapter (or equivalent extract) from your current work-in-progress

Applications close 11:59 pm, Monday 6 May 2019. All applications are confidential.If you have any queries about your eligibility, please contact overland@vu.edu.au.


Entry conditions

The residency recipients will be announced by mid May 2019.

  1. If based in Melbourne, the successful applicant will receive a three-month residency at Overland’s offices in Footscray, Melbourne; a stipend of $882.80 per week ($10,593.60 in total); and a mentorship.
  2. If applying from outside the Greater Melbourne area or interstate, the successful applicant will receive a one-month residency at Overland’s offices in Footscray, Melbourne; transport costs to Melbourne and return (up to $2000); accommodation (up to $3000); a lump-sum stipend (approx. $5,593.60); and a mentorship.
  3. Applicants for our first residency should be women writers who are the primary carers of one or more children (that is, who identify as a sole parent, single mother or similar) and working on a book-length project or equivalent.
  4. Applicants for the second residency of 2019 should identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writer, and be working on a book-length project or equivalent.
  5. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia.
  6. Submissions will be processed electronically. Please use a legible font and font size.
  7. There is no application fee.
  8. The closing date for applications is 11:59 pm, Monday 6 May 2019. Late entries will not be accepted.
  9. The judge panel’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.


About subscribing to Overland

Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of publishing ideas and voices often excluded from mainstream media and publishing outlets – but it would not exist without its subscribers. You can help support Overland by taking out an annual subscription on our website, which start at $45, or in the form below.  

*Regarding the payment options below: only fill this section out if you wish to subscribe to the magazine.

If you have a current subscription to Overland, use this form to enter the Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize.

**Please ensure you are satisfied with your story before submitting. Stories that are withdrawn and subsequently resubmitted will incur a second fee.** 


About subscribing to Overland

Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of publishing ideas and voices often excluded from mainstream media and publishing outlets – but it would not exist without its subscribers. You can help support Overland by taking out an annual subscription on our website, which start at $45.  


The prize

This annual competition encourages excellent and original short fiction by new writers of up to 3000 words in length. At a grand first prize of $6000, it is a coveted annual fiction award for new writers. There are also two runner-up prizes of $1000. All three winners will be published in the spring issue of Overland.

For the purposes of this competition, ‘new or emerging’ describes a writer who has published no more than one book with commercial distribution. (That is, writers who have no books, or who have published one book are eligible; writers with two books or more are ineligible. If you are the author of several chapbooks or books with small print runs, you can contact us to confirm eligibility: overland@vu.edu.au.)


Details

Competition closes 11.59 pm, Monday 3 June 2019. Please read the entry guidelines below to confirm eligibility

You may also be interested to read the 2018 judges’ notes and the winning stories. Or the 2017 judges’ report and the winning stories.  


Guidelines

First place: $6000. Two runner-up prizes of $1000 each.The winning story will be published in Overland 236, spring 2019.

  1. This is a prize for original pieces of short fiction written in English, up to 3000 words in length.
  2. Stories must be unpublished (including online) and not under consideration by other publishers.
  3. Stories that have won or are under consideration in other competitions are not eligible.
  4. The prize is for new and emerging writers. Entrants are eligible only if they have not, by the close of the competition, published more than one single-authored print book (in any genre or form) via a commercial publisher with effective national distribution – that is, distribution in all states. Writers who have published one book, or in multi-authored works, in self-published books or in exclusively electronic form are still eligible.
  5. Submissions will be processed electronically. Stories should be formatted at 1.5 line spacing and a minimum of 12 point font size (unless formally experimental).
  6. The competition will be judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript or else the story will be disqualified.
  7. Multiple entries are acceptable, although each must be entered into the submission system separately and accompanied by the relevant fee.
  8. Students currently enrolled in or staff who work at Victoria University may enter free of charge by including their student or staff number with their entry. Otherwise, each entry must be accompanied by a fee of $20 or $12 for Overland subscribers.
  9. The winning entries will be published in Overland. Other entries may be considered for publication.
  10. The closing date is 11.59 pm AEST, Monday 3 June 2019. Late entries will not be accepted.
  11. The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  12. Overland staff and board members, and their families, are prohibited from entering. All previous, current and ongoing contributors and volunteer readers are eligible to enter.
  13. Winners will be announced early August 2019. Subscribe to the Overland email bulletin to receive announcements as to the results.


About subscribing to Overland

Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of publishing ideas and voices often excluded from mainstream media and publishing outlets – but it would not exist without its subscribers. You can help support Overland by taking out an annual subscription, which start at $45, on our website.  

You should have been directed here after taking out a new Overland subscription at the special prize entry rate of $56. If you have not just taken out a new subscription, please do so now.

**Please ensure you are satisfied with your story before submitting. Stories that are withdrawn and subsequently resubmitted will incur a second fee.**

 

The prize

This annual competition encourages excellent and original short fiction by new writers of up to 3000 words in length. At a grand first prize of $6000, it is a coveted annual fiction award for new writers. There are also two runner-up prizes of $1000. All three winners will be published in the spring issue of Overland.

For the purposes of this competition, ‘new or emerging’ describes a writer who has published no more than one book with commercial distribution. (That is, writers who have no books, or who have published one book are eligible; writers with two books or more are ineligible. If you are the author of several chapbooks or books with small print runs, you can contact us to confirm eligibility: overland@vu.edu.au.)

Details

 Competition closes 11.59 pm, Monday 3 June 2019. Please read the entry guidelines below to confirm eligibility. You may also be interested to read the 2018 judges’ notes and the winning stories. Or the 2017 judges’ report and the winning stories.  

Guidelines

  1. This is a prize for original pieces of short fiction written in English, up to 3000 words in length.
  2. Stories must be unpublished (including online) and not under consideration by other publishers.
  3. Stories that have won or are under consideration in other competitions are not eligible.
  4. The prize is for new and emerging writers. Entrants are eligible only if they have not, by the close of the competition, published more than one single-authored print book (in any genre or form) via a commercial publisher with effective national distribution – that is, distribution in all states. Writers who have published one book, or in multi-authored works, in self-published books or in exclusively electronic form are still eligible.
  5. Submissions will be processed electronically. Stories should be formatted at 1.5 line spacing and a minimum of 12 point font size.
  6. The competition will be judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript or else the story will be disqualified.
  7. Multiple entries are acceptable, although each must be entered into the submission system separately and accompanied by the relevant fee.
  8. Students currently enrolled in or staff who work at Victoria University may enter free of charge by including their student or staff number with their entry. Otherwise, each entry must be accompanied by a fee of $20 or $12 for Overland subscribers.
  9. The winning entries will be published in Overland. Other entries may be considered for publication.
  10. The closing date is 11.59 pm AEST, Monday 3 June 2019. Late entries will not be accepted.
  11. The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  12. Overland staff and board members, and their families, are prohibited from entering. All previous, current and ongoing contributors and volunteer readers are eligible to enter.
  13. Winners will be announced early August 2019. Subscribe to the Overland email bulletin to receive announcements as to the results.

 

Did you know that Overland subscribers enter the competition at a special rate? To enter the competition at the special subscriber rate of $12 and take out a one-year discounted subscription to Overland (includes four print issues and the daily online magazine, invitations to subscriber events, and other opportunities and giveaways), visit the Overland shop.


 **Please ensure you are satisfied with your story before submitting. Stories that are withdrawn and subsequently resubmitted will incur a second fee.**  


The prize

This annual competition encourages excellent and original short fiction by new writers of up to 3000 words in length. At a grand first prize of $6000, it is a coveted annual fiction award for new writers. There are also two runner-up prizes of $1000. All three winners will be published in the spring issue of Overland.

For the purposes of this competition, ‘new or emerging’ describes a writer who has published no more than one book with commercial distribution. (That is, writers who have no books, or who have published one book are eligible; writers with two books or more are ineligible. If you are the author of several chapbooks or books with small print runs, you can contact us to confirm eligibility: overland@vu.edu.au.)


Details

Competition closes 11.59 pm, Monday 3 June 2019. Please read the entry guidelines below to confirm eligibility. You may also be interested to read the 2018 judges’ notes and the winning stories. Or the 2017 judges’ report and the winning stories.  


Guidelines

First place: $6000. Two runner-up prizes of $1000 each.

The winning story will be published in Overland 236, spring 2019.

  1. This is a prize for original pieces of short fiction written in English, up to 3000 words in length.
  2. Stories must be unpublished (including online) and not under consideration by other publishers.
  3. Stories that have won or are under consideration in other competitions are not eligible.
  4. The prize is for new and emerging writers. Entrants are eligible only if they have not, by the close of the competition, published more than one single-authored print book (in any genre or form) via a commercial publisher with effective national distribution – that is, distribution in all states. Writers who have published one book, or in multi-authored works, in self-published books or in exclusively electronic form are still eligible.
  5. Submissions will be processed electronically. Stories should be formatted at 1.5 line spacing and a minimum of 12 point font size (unless formally experimental).
  6. The competition will be judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript or else the story will be disqualified.
  7. Multiple entries are acceptable, although each must be entered into the submission system separately and accompanied by the relevant fee.
  8. Students currently enrolled in or staff who work at Victoria University may enter free of charge by including their student or staff number with their entry. Otherwise, each entry must be accompanied by a fee of $20 or $12 for Overland subscribers.
  9. The winning entries will be published in Overland. Other entries may be considered for publication.
  10. The closing date is 11.59 pm AEST, Monday 3 June 2019. Late entries will not be accepted.
  11. The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  12. Overland staff and board members, and their families, are prohibited from entering. All previous, current and ongoing contributors and volunteer readers are eligible to enter.
  13. Winners will be announced early August 2019. Subscribe to the Overland email bulletin to receive announcements as to the results.


About subscribing to Overland

Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of publishing ideas and voices often excluded from mainstream media and publishing outlets – but it would not exist without its subscribers. You can help support Overland by taking out an annual subscription, which start at $45, on our website.  

If you are a current student or staff member at Victoria University (Australia), use this form to enter the Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for New Writers. Please include your student or employee number in the 'Cover Letter' text field.

 

The prize

This annual competition encourages excellent and original short fiction by new writers of up to 3000 words in length. At a grand first prize of $6000, it is a coveted annual fiction award for new writers. There are also two runner-up prizes of $1000. All three winners will be published in the spring issue of Overland.

For the purposes of this competition, ‘new or emerging’ describes a writer who has published no more than one book with commercial distribution. (That is, writers who have no books, or who have published one book are eligible; writers with two books or more are ineligible. If you are the author of several chapbooks or books with small print runs, you can contact us to confirm eligibility: overland@vu.edu.au.)


Details

Competition closes 11.59 pm, Monday 3 June 2019. Please read the entry guidelines below to confirm eligibility. You may also be interested to read the 2018 judges’ notes and the winning stories. Or the 2017 judges’ report and the winning stories.  


Guidelines

First place: $6000. Two runner-up prizes of $1000 each.The winning story will be published in Overland 236, spring 2019.

  1. This is a prize for original pieces of short fiction written in English, up to 3000 words in length.
  2. Stories must be unpublished (including online) and not under consideration by other publishers.
  3. Stories that have won or are under consideration in other competitions are not eligible.
  4. The prize is for new and emerging writers. Entrants are eligible only if they have not, by the close of the competition, published more than one single-authored print book (in any genre or form) via a commercial publisher with effective national distribution – that is, distribution in all states. Writers who have published one book, or in multi-authored works, in self-published books or in exclusively electronic form are still eligible.
  5. Submissions will be processed electronically. Stories should be formatted at 1.5 line spacing and a minimum of 12 point font size (unless formally experimental).
  6. The competition will be judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript or else the story will be disqualified.
  7. Multiple entries are acceptable, although each must be entered into the submission system separately and accompanied by the relevant fee.
  8. Students currently enrolled in or staff who work at Victoria University may enter free of charge by including their student or staff number with their entry. Otherwise, each entry must be accompanied by a fee of $20 or $12 for Overland subscribers.
  9. The winning entries will be published in Overland. Other entries may be considered for publication.
  10. The closing date is 11.59 pm AEST, Monday 3 June 2019. Late entries will not be accepted.
  11. The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  12. Overland staff and board members, and their families, are prohibited from entering. All previous, current and ongoing contributors and volunteer readers are eligible to enter.
  13. Winners will be announced early August 2019. Subscribe to the Overland email bulletin to receive announcements as to the results.


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