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Pitch to Overland

Overland is always looking for nonfiction pieces, especially for its online magazine. Each week, we will list particular subjects that seem interesting – though we consider pitches on any topics. Most of all, we’re looking for thoughtful, provocative and argumentative articles, pieces that will provoke discussion and debate. You can pitch to us on one of the topics below, or submit completed articles (of between 500 and 1000 words) to us via our submissions page. We pay $70 for online articles.

At the moment, these topics seem worth investigating:

Copyright
The recent productivity commission report has recommended Australia abolish parallel importation restrictions which many have argued will destroy the local book industry. New Zealand changed its parallel importation laws in 1998: do you have an insider’s perspective on how this has affected the NZ book industry and NZ writers’ livelihoods?

Authors have a history of jealously guarding their intellectual property, but Creative Commons and other forms of licensing suggest that there are other ways to share work. Is there a left-wing argument against copyright?   

Budget
The most recent federal budget has left arts funding in more or less the same position it was after the previous budget: fundamentally damaged. With an election coming up, how can we put increased funding for the Australia Council back on the national agenda?

At the same time, the government has cut ABC funding for specialist news services by $18.6 million over three years, which will likely affect regional news. What does it mean for regional areas to have no local news sources?

Corruption
Tony Abbott’s recent claims of being offered $5,000 cash at the private party of a ‘well-known millionaire’ and his suggestion that mining industry magnates should ‘demonstrate their gratitude’ to Ian McFarlane have raised the issue of corruption again in federal parliament. In light of the recent revelations in the Panama Papers and Fairfax media’s reports on Unaoil, what should we be doing to push back against widespread corruption?

Literature
We’re interested in responses to any of the pieces from the latest issue of Overland, including the politics of vegetarianism, sexual violence and the justice system, racism in poetry and more.

Note, though: we are open to pitches on any subject.

If you have a completed article, follow the links on the submission page to send it to us.

If you want to pitch an article, we ask you to do so through our online submission system. Overland relies on its subscribers for support: subscribers should use this link to pitch; non-subscribers should use this one.

The submission system will ask you to explain your proposed article in around 100 words and should address the following: 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.

We look forward to hearing from you!