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.

Editorial note: Overland is starting to wind up publishing for 2017. Any articles and pitches submitted after 1 December will be considered for publication in 2018; please take this into account when pitching. The online magazine will start publishing again Monday 15 January.


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.

Editorial note: Overland is starting to wind up publishing for 2017. Any articles and pitches submitted after 1 December will be considered for publication in 2018; please take this into account when pitching. The online magazine will start publishing again Monday 15 January.


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.


Open now. Closes 31 January 2018.

Sponsored by Trinity College at the University of Melbourne and supporters, this prize, now in its fourth year, recognises the talent of young Indigenous writers across Australia. In 2018, the prize will be awarded to the best poem (up to 88 lines in length) by an Indigenous writer who is 30 years or younger at the closing date of the competition.

The prize

First place is a $5000 prize, publication in Overland’s print magazine, and a three-month writer’s residency at the beautiful Trinity College, the oldest student residence at the University of Melbourne. Two runner-up prizes may also be awarded.

The residency

The residency includes accommodation in a small flat near the campus and all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) can be eaten in Trinity’s dining hall. The flat is suitable for a single person or couple (children may be able to be accommodated, also). There will be opportunities to engage in campus and college life, to give workshops or talks, and the potential to receive writing mentorship (per negotiation with Trinity College and Overland).

About Trinity College

Trinity College is the oldest residential college at the University of Melbourne. It is home to over 300 residential students, including a number of Indigenous students. Trinity’s Indigenous programs have been developing since Sana Nakata and Lilly Brophy became the first Indigenous students to attend the College.

Note: There will be an award ceremony at Trinity College in Melbourne in April. Travel and one-night accommodation will be awarded to all three prizewinners to attend the ceremony.

Previous winners

Read the previous winners: Jessica Hart (poetry); Marika Duczynski (fiction); Ellen van Neerven (poetry).

Judges

In 2018, the prize will be judged by poet and academic Jeanine Leane, Overland poetry editor Toby Fitch and Trinity College associate dean Gayle Allan.

 

Entry conditions

    • The prize is open to Indigenous writers who are 30 years or younger at the closing date of the competition.
    • In 2018, the prize will be awarded to the best poem (up to 88 lines in length).
    • The work must be unpublished at the time of entry.
    • The position of Writer-in-Residence at Trinity College is not compulsory and more details will be provided upon presentation of the prize.
    • Entrants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia.
    • Submission of work will be processed electronically and judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear on the submitted document.
    • The prize will be awarded at the judges’ discretion and they reserve the right to not select a winner.
    • Second and third place prizes may be awarded at the judges’ discretion.

Editorial note: Overland is starting to wind up publishing for 2017. Any articles and pitches submitted after 1 December will be considered for publication in 2018; please take this into account when pitching. The online magazine will start publishing again Monday 15 January.


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.
 

Editorial note: Overland is starting to wind up publishing for 2017. Any articles and pitches submitted after 1 December will be considered for publication in 2018; please take this into account when pitching. The online magazine will start publishing again Monday 15 January.


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.
 

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.

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.

**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.


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.