24 May 201330 May 2013 Writing Congratulations Maxine Beneba Clarke! Editorial team Congrats to long-time Overland contributor and editor of our recent spoken word edition Maxine Beneba Clarke for taking home the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript at last night’s launch of the Emerging Writers’ Festival. A talented and prolific poet, fiction writer and essayist, Maxine won for her short story collection Foreign Soil, which ‘takes us from Footscray to Kingston via Villawood and London in tales of the dispossessed, the newly arrived, those seeking refuge and those realising they are in need of it’. Congratulations again, Maxine! Read more of Maxine’s work at Slam up. Editorial team More by Editorial team 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 5 First published in Overland Issue 228 6 April 202231 May 2022 Writing What happens when authors stop listening to their editors Jessica Stewart When I moved into a second career in editing and publishing, friends told me that working as an editor might temper my love of books—that a professional eye might spy previously unnoticed flaws. I dismissed this, but they were right. Before, if a book left me restless, dissatisfied, annoyed, I would simply close it and move on. Now, I know what is wrong, why I, the reader, feel short-changed. 3 First published in Overland Issue 228 22 November 202131 January 2022 Writing Precarious words Jennifer Mills Eight years ago, I wrote a short piece for Overland called ‘Pay the Writers’. I was fed up with being asked to work for ‘exposure’. It was a time when a lot of writing work was moving online, and this work was often unpaid. Writers were at risk of losing our incomes entirely. If anything needed some exposure, it was the working conditions of freelancers.