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.

2018 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.


2018 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.

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 2018, 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 2018, 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 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 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, 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.

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

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. 

Moreover, Overland subscribers can enter our competitions at a special subscriber rate. If you’d like to take out a year’s subscription and enter the competition for just $56, visit the Overland shop.

 

The prize

Supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, and named after the late Neilma Gantner, this prize seeks excellent short fiction of up to 3000 words themed around the notion of ‘travel’; imaginative, creative and literary interpretations are strongly encouraged. This 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 publication in Overland’s first print issue for 2019. Two runners-up will each receive $500 and be published at Overland online to coincide with the release of the print magazine. 


Details

Competition closes 11.59 pm, 19 November 2018. Please read the entry guidelines below before submitting.

You may also be interested to read previous judges’ notes and winning stories.


The judges

Patty Yumi Cottrell is the author of Sorry to Disrupt the Peace (McSweeney’s | Text). She lives in New York City. @pmcottrell

Heather Morris is from New Zealand but now lives in Melbourne. She is the author of The Tattooist. heathermorris.com.au


Entry conditions

First place: $4000. Two runner-up prizes of $500 each.

The winning story will be published in Overland 234, autumn 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 open to all writers (located in Australia or elsewhere).
  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. Each entry must be accompanied by a fee of $20 or $12 for Overland subscribers. It is possible to become a subscriber and simultaneously enter the competition at a special price of $56.
  8. Multiple entries are acceptable, although each must be entered into the submission system separately and accompanied by the relevant fee.
  9. The winning entries will be published in Overland. Other entries may be considered for publication.
  10. The closing date is 11.59 pm, Monday 19 November 2018. 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 are eligible to enter.
  13. Winners will be announced in February 2019. Subscribe to the Overland email bulletin to receive announcements as to the results.


Now open

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


The prize

Supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, and named after the late Neilma Gantner, this prize seeks excellent short fiction of up to 3000 words themed around the notion of ‘travel’; imaginative, creative and literary interpretations are strongly encouraged. This 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 publication in Overland’s first print issue for 2019. Two runners-up will each receive $500 and be published at Overland online to coincide with the release of the print magazine. 


Details

Competition closes 11.59 pm, 19 November 2018. Please read the entry guidelines below before submitting.

You may also be interested to read previous judges’ notes and winning stories.


The judges

Patty Yumi Cottrell is the author of Sorry to Disrupt the Peace (McSweeney’s | Text). She lives in New York City. @pmcottrell

Heather Morris is from New Zealand but now lives in Melbourne. She is the author of The Tattooist. heathermorris.com.au


Entry conditions

First place: $4000. Two runner-up prizes of $500 each.

The winning story will be published in Overland 234, autumn 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 open to all writers (located in Australia or elsewhere).
  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. Each entry must be accompanied by a fee of $20 or $12 for Overland subscribers. It is possible to become a subscriber and simultaneously enter the competition at a special price of $56.
  8. Multiple entries are acceptable, although each must be entered into the submission system separately and accompanied by the relevant fee.
  9. The winning entries will be published in Overland. Other entries may be considered for publication.
  10. The closing date is 11.59 pm, Monday 19 November 2018. 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 are eligible to enter.
  13. Winners will be announced in February 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 on our website, which start at $45.  

Now open

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


The prize

Supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, and named after the late Neilma Gantner, this prize seeks excellent short fiction of up to 3000 words themed around the notion of ‘travel’; imaginative, creative and literary interpretations are strongly encouraged. This 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 publication in Overland’s first print issue for 2019. Two runners-up will each receive $500 and be published at Overland online to coincide with the release of the print magazine. 


Details

Competition closes 11.59 pm, 19 November 2018. Please read the entry guidelines below before submitting.

You may also be interested to read previous judges’ notes and winning stories.


The judges

Patty Yumi Cottrell is the author of Sorry to Disrupt the Peace (McSweeney’s | Text). She lives in New York City. @pmcottrell

Heather Morris is from New Zealand but now lives in Melbourne. She is the author of The Tattooist. heathermorris.com.au


Entry conditions

First place: $4000
Two runner-up prizes of $500 each

The winning story will be published in Overland 234, autumn 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 open to all writers (located in Australia or elsewhere).
  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. Each entry must be accompanied by a fee of $20 or $12 for Overland subscribers. It is possible to become a subscriber and simultaneously enter the competition at a special price of $56.
  8. Multiple entries are acceptable, although each must be entered into the submission system separately and accompanied by the relevant fee.
  9. The winning entries will be published in Overland. Other entries may be considered for publication.
  10. The closing date is 11.59 pm, Monday 19 November 2018. 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 are eligible to enter.
  13. Winners will be announced in February 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 on our website, which start at $45


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

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. Moreover, Overland subscribers can enter our competitions at a special subscriber rate. If you’d like to take out a year’s subscription and enter the competition for just $56, visit the Overland shop.

The prize

Established in 2007 and supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, the OverlandJudith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets seeks outstanding poetry by writers who have published no more than one collection of poems under their own name. It remains one of the richest prizes for emerging poets, and is open to poets anywhere in the world.

In 2017, 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 of 2018.

Details

Competition closes 11.59 pm, 26 November 2017. Please read the entry guidelines below before submitting.

You may also be interested to read last year’s judging notes and winning poems.

The judges

To be announced shortly.

Entry conditions

Major prize: $6000
Second prize: $2000
Third prize: $1000 

All three finalists will be published in Overland 234, autumn 2019.


  1. The award is open to poets who have had no more than one solo collection of their work commercially published: that is, by a publishing house with commercial distribution.
  2. The prize is open to Australian and international writers.
  3. Poems must be unpublished (including online) and not under consideration by other publishers.
  4. Poems that have won or are under consideration in other competitions are not eligible.
  5. The winning poems will be published in Overland.
  6. All submitted poems may also be considered for publication in Overland.
  7. Entries must be submitted electronically via the Overland submittable system.
  8. The name of the poet must not appear on the manuscript (including the header or footer) since all poems will be considered anonymously.
  9. Poems must be no more than 80 lines.
  10. Multiple entries are permitted, though a separate fee applies to each poem.
  11. An entry fee of $12 for Overland subscribers and $20 for non-subscribers will be charged. It is possible to become a subscriber and simultaneously enter the competition at a special price of $56.
  12. Please ensure you are satisfied with your poem before submitting. Poems that are withdrawn and subsequently resubmitted will incur a second fee.
  13. The competition closes 11.59pm, Sunday 19 November 2018.
  14. The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  15. Overland staff and board members, and their families, are prohibited from entering. All previous, current and ongoing contributors are eligible to enter.
  16. Winners will be announced in February 2019. Subscribe to the Overland email bulletin to receive announcements as to the results.

 

Now open

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


The prize

Established in 2007 and supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, the OverlandJudith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets seeks outstanding poetry by writers who have published no more than one collection of poems under their own name. It remains one of the richest prizes for emerging poets, and is open to poets anywhere in the world.

In 2018, 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 of 2018.


Details

Competition closes 11.59 pm, 19 November 2018. Please read the entry guidelines below before submitting.

You may also be interested to read last year’s judges’ report and the winning stories


The judges

To be announced shortly.


Entry conditions

Major prize: $6000
Second prize: $2000
Third prize: $1000

All three finalists will be published in Overland 234, autumn 2019.


  1. The award is open to poets who have had no more than one solo collection of their work commercially published: that is, by a publishing house with commercial distribution.
  2. The prize is open to Australian and international writers.
  3. Poems must be unpublished (including online) and not under consideration by other publishers.
  4. Poems that have won or are under consideration in other competitions are not eligible.
  5. The winning poems will be published in Overland.
  6. All submitted poems may also be considered for publication in Overland.
  7. Entries must be submitted electronically via the Overland submittable system.
  8. The name of the poet must not appear on the manuscript (including the header or footer) since all poems will be considered anonymously.
  9. Poems must be no more than 80 lines.
  10. Multiple entries are permitted, though a separate fee applies to each poem.
  11. An entry fee of $12 for Overland subscribers and $20 for non-subscribers will be charged. It is possible to become a subscriber and simultaneously enter the competition at a special price of $56.
  12. Please ensure you are satisfied with your poem before submitting. Poems that are withdrawn and subsequently resubmitted will incur a second fee.
  13. The competition closes 11.59pm, Sunday 19 November 2018.
  14. The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  15. Overland staff and board members, and their families, are prohibited from entering. All previous, current and ongoing contributors are eligible to enter.
  16. Winners will be announced in February 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 on our website, which start at $45.   

 

Now open

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

The prize

Established in 2007 and supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, the OverlandJudith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets seeks outstanding poetry by writers who have published no more than one collection of poems under their own name. It remains one of the richest prizes for emerging poets, and is open to poets anywhere in the world.

In 2018, 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 of 2018.


Details

Competition closes 11.59 pm, 19 November 2018. Please read the entry guidelines below before submitting.

You may also be interested to read last year’s judges’ report and the winning stories


The judges

To be announced shortly.


Entry conditions

Major prize: $6000
Second prize: $2000
Third prize: $1000

All three finalists will be published in Overland 234, autumn 2019.


  1. The award is open to poets who have had no more than one solo collection of their work commercially published: that is, by a publishing house with commercial distribution.
  2. The prize is open to Australian and international writers.
  3. Poems must be unpublished (including online) and not under consideration by other publishers.
  4. Poems that have won or are under consideration in other competitions are not eligible.
  5. The winning poems will be published in Overland.
  6. All submitted poems may also be considered for publication in Overland.
  7. Entries must be submitted electronically via the Overland submittable system.
  8. The name of the poet must not appear on the manuscript (including the header or footer) since all poems will be considered anonymously.
  9. Poems must be no more than 80 lines.
  10. Multiple entries are permitted, though a separate fee applies to each poem.
  11. An entry fee of $12 for Overland subscribers and $20 for non-subscribers will be charged. It is possible to become a subscriber and simultaneously enter the competition at a special price of $56.
  12. Please ensure you are satisfied with your poem before submitting. Poems that are withdrawn and subsequently resubmitted will incur a second fee.
  13. The competition closes 11.59pm, Sunday 19 November 2018.
  14. The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  15. Overland staff and board members, and their families, are prohibited from entering. All previous, current and ongoing contributors are eligible to enter.
  16. Winners will be announced in February 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 on our website, which start at $45.   

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