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.

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!

The position

Overland is seeking an editorial assistant for two days a week, to start by early October. This is a paid, permanent part-time position.

The editorial assistant will work closely with the Overland editor, and with both commissioned and uncommissioned writers. They will work primarily on Overland’s online magazine, with a secondary focus on the print edition.

Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 7 September. 

To apply

 

Guest editors: Mandy Beaumont and Craig Bolland. Entries close 11.59 pm, Wednesday 31 August 2016. 

If you are a current Overland subscriber, use this form to submit fiction for Overland's next special fiction issue, 'The Idea of Women'.

About 'The Idea of Women' edition:

‘Since I had been born a man, I craved women constantly, the lower the better. And yet women, good women, frightened me because they eventually wanted your soul, and what was left of mine, I wanted to keep … So I continued to struggle with women, with the idea of women.’ – Bukowski

For this special online fiction edition of Overland, the editors are looking for stories that explore – broadly – how women are experienced as ideas rather than realities*.

Women as fantastic beasts. Women as projections. Women not as they actually are, but as they are imagined and fantasised about; as they are limited and defined by, or viewed through, ideas of femininity – from the empowered to the absurd.

*A theme inspired by close readings of the works of Charles Bukowski.

About the guest editors

Mandy Beaumont teaches Creative Writing at Griffith University. Most recently Mandy was shortlisted for the Newcastle Short Story Award and won the MOTH International Short Story Award. She is a Fresh Ground Resident at the JWCOCA and a member of the advisory committee for Arts Queensland Literature Grants. mandybeaumont.com

Craig Bolland is a lecturer in Creative Writing and Literary studies at the Queensland University of Technology. He is an award winning playwright and short film maker, and the author of the novel I Knit Water (UQP). craig.com.au

Submission details

Online contributors for this edition will be paid $120 per story.

Entries for the special issue close 11.59pm, Wednesday 31 August 2016. The Idea of Women issue will be available online in early October.

Guest editors: Mandy Beaumont and Craig Bolland. Entries close 11.59 pm, Wednesday 31 August 2016. 

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

About 'The Idea of Women' edition:

‘Since I had been born a man, I craved women constantly, the lower the better. And yet women, good women, frightened me because they eventually wanted your soul, and what was left of mine, I wanted to keep … So I continued to struggle with women, with the idea of women.’ – Bukowski

For this special online fiction edition of Overland, the editors are looking for stories that explore – broadly – how women are experienced as ideas rather than realities*.

Women as fantastic beasts. Women as projections. Women not as they actually are, but as they are imagined and fantasised about; as they are limited and defined by, or viewed through, ideas of femininity – from the empowered to the absurd.

*A theme inspired by close readings of the works of Charles Bukowski.

About the guest editors

Mandy Beaumont teaches Creative Writing at Griffith University. Most recently Mandy was shortlisted for the Newcastle Short Story Award and won the MOTH International Short Story Award. She is a Fresh Ground Resident at the JWCOCA and a member of the advisory committee for Arts Queensland Literature Grants. mandybeaumont.com

Craig Bolland is a lecturer in Creative Writing and Literary studies at the Queensland University of Technology. He is an award winning playwright and short film maker, and the author of the novel I Knit Water (UQP). craig.com.au

Submission details

Online contributors for this edition will be paid $120 per story.

Entries for the special issue close 11.59pm, Wednesday 31 August 2016. The Idea of Women issue will be available online in early October.

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 female writers, activists and academics. Scholarly articles are refereed.

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.

Competition closes 11.59 pm, Wednesday 31 August 2016. Judges to be announced shortly.

Overland would not exist without its subscribers. If you are using this form, you should have been directed here after taking out a new Overland subscription at the special prize entry rate. 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.

Ends in 6 days, 7 hours $ 12.00
$ 12.00

Competition closes 11.59 pm, Wednesday 31 August 2016. Judges to be announced shortly.

Overland would not exist without its subscribers. If you have a current subscription to Overland, use this form to enter the Overland Story Wine Prize.

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

Ends in 6 days, 7 hours $ 20.00
$ 20.00

Competition closes 11.59 pm, Wednesday 31 August 2016. Judges to be announced shortly.

If you do not have a current subscription to Overland, use this form to enter the Overland Story Wine Prize. Note: Overland subscribers can enter the competition at a discounted rate. If you’d like to take out a year’s subscription and enter the competition for just $56, follow this link: https://overland.org.au/product/story-wine-subscription/

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


If you are a current Overland subscriber, use this page to submit your essay to the Overland NUW Fair Australia Prize. You can become an Overland subscriber here.


Entry conditions:

  • This is a prize for original pieces, written in English
  • Submissions must be unpublished (including online) and not under consideration by other publishers.
  • Submissions that have won or are under consideration in other competitions are not eligible.
  • Submissions will be processed electronically. Stories and essays should be formatted at 1.5-line spacing and a minimum of 12-point font size.
  • The competition will be judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript or the entry will be disqualified.
  • Multiple entries are acceptable, although each must be entered into the submission system separately.
  • The winning entries will be published by Overland.
  • Entrants must respond to the guidelines, background and materials provided.
  • The closing date is 11.59 pm 31 August, 2016. Late entries will not be accepted.
  • The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • The prize for each category will be $4000
  • The judges reserve the right not to arrive at a winner in any category

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


Entry conditions:

  • This is a prize for original pieces, written in English
  • Submissions must be unpublished (including online) and not under consideration by other publishers.
  • Submissions that have won or are under consideration in other competitions are not eligible.
  • Submissions will be processed electronically. Stories and essays should be formatted at 1.5-line spacing and a minimum of 12-point font size.
  • The competition will be judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript or the entry will be disqualified.
  • Multiple entries are acceptable, although each must be entered into the submission system separately.
  • The winning entries will be published by Overland.
  • Entrants must respond to the guidelines, background and materials provided.
  • The closing date is 11.59 pm 31 August, 2016. Late entries will not be accepted.
  • The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • The prize for each category will be $4000
  • The judges reserve the right not to arrive at a winner in any category

If you are a current Overland subscriber, use this page to submit your fiction to the Overland NUW Fair Australia Prize. You can become an Overland subscriber here.


Entry conditions:

  • This is a prize for original pieces, written in English
  • Submissions must be unpublished (including online) and not under consideration by other publishers.
  • Submissions that have won or are under consideration in other competitions are not eligible.
  • Submissions will be processed electronically. Stories and essays should be formatted at 1.5-line spacing and a minimum of 12-point font size.
  • The competition will be judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript or the entry will be disqualified.
  • Multiple entries are acceptable, although each must be entered into the submission system separately.
  • The winning entries will be published by Overland.
  • Entrants must respond to the guidelines, background and materials provided.
  • The closing date is 11.59 pm 31 August, 2016. Late entries will not be accepted.
  • The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • The prize for each category will be $4000
  • The judges reserve the right not to arrive at a winner in any category

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


Entry conditions:

  • This is a prize for original pieces, written in English
  • Submissions must be unpublished (including online) and not under consideration by other publishers.
  • Submissions that have won or are under consideration in other competitions are not eligible.
  • Submissions will be processed electronically. Stories and essays should be formatted at 1.5-line spacing and a minimum of 12-point font size.
  • The competition will be judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript or the entry will be disqualified.
  • Multiple entries are acceptable, although each must be entered into the submission system separately.
  • The winning entries will be published by Overland.
  • Entrants must respond to the guidelines, background and materials provided.
  • The closing date is 11.59 pm 31 August, 2016. Late entries will not be accepted.
  • The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • The prize for each category will be $4000
  • The judges reserve the right not to arrive at a winner in any category

If you are a current Overland subscriber, use this page to submit your graphic or cartoon to the Overland NUW Fair Australia Prize. You can become an Overland subscriber here.


Entry conditions:

  • This is a prize for original pieces, written in English
  • Submissions must be unpublished (including online) and not under consideration by other publishers.
  • Submissions that have won or are under consideration in other competitions are not eligible.
  • Submissions will be processed electronically. Stories and essays should be formatted at 1.5-line spacing and a minimum of 12-point font size.
  • The competition will be judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript or the entry will be disqualified.
  • Multiple entries are acceptable, although each must be entered into the submission system separately.
  • The winning entries will be published by Overland.
  • Entrants must respond to the guidelines, background and materials provided.
  • The closing date is 11.59 pm 31 August, 2016. Late entries will not be accepted.
  • The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • The prize for each category will be $4000
  • The judges reserve the right not to arrive at a winner in any category

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


Entry conditions:

  • This is a prize for original pieces, written in English
  • Submissions must be unpublished (including online) and not under consideration by other publishers.
  • Submissions that have won or are under consideration in other competitions are not eligible.
  • Submissions will be processed electronically. Stories and essays should be formatted at 1.5-line spacing and a minimum of 12-point font size.
  • The competition will be judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript or the entry will be disqualified.
  • Multiple entries are acceptable, although each must be entered into the submission system separately.
  • The winning entries will be published by Overland.
  • Entrants must respond to the guidelines, background and materials provided.
  • The closing date is 11.59 pm 31 August, 2016. Late entries will not be accepted.
  • The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • The prize for each category will be $4000
  • The judges reserve the right not to arrive at a winner in any category

If you are a current Overland subscriber, use this page to submit your poetry to the Overland NUW Fair Australia Prize. You can become an Overland subscriber here.


Entry conditions:

  • This is a prize for original pieces, written in English
  • Submissions must be unpublished (including online) and not under consideration by other publishers.
  • Submissions that have won or are under consideration in other competitions are not eligible.
  • Submissions will be processed electronically. Stories and essays should be formatted at 1.5-line spacing and a minimum of 12-point font size.
  • The competition will be judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript or the entry will be disqualified.
  • Multiple entries are acceptable, although each must be entered into the submission system separately.
  • The winning entries will be published by Overland.
  • Entrants must respond to the guidelines, background and materials provided.
  • The closing date is 11.59 pm 31 August, 2016. Late entries will not be accepted.
  • The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • The prize for each category will be $4000
  • The judges reserve the right not to arrive at a winner in any category

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


Entry conditions:

  • This is a prize for original pieces, written in English
  • Submissions must be unpublished (including online) and not under consideration by other publishers.
  • Submissions that have won or are under consideration in other competitions are not eligible.
  • Submissions will be processed electronically. Stories and essays should be formatted at 1.5-line spacing and a minimum of 12-point font size.
  • The competition will be judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript or the entry will be disqualified.
  • Multiple entries are acceptable, although each must be entered into the submission system separately.
  • The winning entries will be published by Overland.
  • Entrants must respond to the guidelines, background and materials provided.
  • The closing date is 11.59 pm 31 August, 2016. Late entries will not be accepted.
  • The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • The prize for each category will be $4000
  • The judges reserve the right not to arrive at a winner in any category