Published 22 August 201126 March 2012 · Main Posts / Culture On being an editorial intern Clare Strahan Well, the fresh-faced (okay, I’m 46 but heck) intern that rocked up to the Overland office way back in January of this year has done her dues and the internship is over; so even though I’m staying involved, I thought I’d take a little space to reflect on my observations and share my intern widsomosity*. 1. If travelling by train(s), always wear a scarf because Southern Cross station is freezing, even in February. 2. It’s a very long way from Warburton to Footscray, though apparently they are both in the same state (ie: Victoria). 3. If you decide to drive from Warburton to Footscray, make sure you have the relevant pages of your Melway. Perhaps it’s time for a GPS. 4. If you get excited about the project to interview writers from the magazine, do not let your enthusiasm blind you to the fact that you have no budget or experience and access only to rudimentary and limited technology. 5. On second thoughts: carry on. 6. Loading a document into the blog technology takes longer than you think. Much longer. It is also stupidly temperamental (but don’t tell it I said so). 7. Regarding said blog, beware: youtube videos do not necessarily remain where you left them. 8. Just like in any family situation, your opinion is valuable, so keep it to yourself. No, I mean DON’T keep it to yourself. No, wait… 9. It is always a good idea to find out what you are saying yes or no to. On second thoughts: carry on. 10. Don’t annoy the writers, more than you can help it. 11. Read the salient article and do some research BEFORE requesting an interview. People can be quicker to respond than you think. 12. Poets can be an interesting and diverse crew, to say the least. 13. Fact checking and referencing is thrilling and rewarding work, especially since the advent of the internet (because every sentence can now be connected somewhere). Get plenty of sleep before embarking on this kind of copyediting. 14. Copyediting can be fun. No, wait… 15. There is something to be said for decision-making. 16. General good will and heart bring warmth to an office that the heating never will. 17. Good and worthy people care about pedantic questions of tense or expression – you are not alone (or annoying). 18. There is a big difference between doing something freely and doing something for free; it is genuinely rewarding to be part of something purposeful that is bigger than yourself. 19. An internship is like a pirate ship: dangerous, adventurous and possibly immoral, but the bounty is absolute treasure and the costumes are great fun. My advice to the incoming intern … 1. If in doubt, ask Alex. Thank you Overland. *Yep, I’ve been reading a little Louise Rennison. Clare Strahan Clare Strahan is a two-time novelist with Allen & Unwin publishers, long-ago contributing editor to Overland, and teaches in the RMIT Professional Writing & Editing Associate Degree. More by Clare Strahan › Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 8 September 202315 September 2023 · Main Posts Announcing the 2023 Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize ($6500) Editorial Team 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. First published in Overland Issue 228 8 September 202312 September 2023 · Main Posts Announcing the 2023 Judith Wright Poetry Prize ($9000) Editorial Team Established in 2007 and supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets seeks poetry by writers who have published no more than one collection of poems under their own name (that is writers who’ve had zero collections published, or one solo collection published). It remains one of the richest prizes for emerging poets, and is open to poets anywhere in the world. In 2023, the major prize is $6000, with a second prize of $2000 and a third prize of $1000. All three winners will be published in Overland.