Overland announces a new editor

From 2015, Overland will be edited by Jacinda Woodhead, the current deputy editor.

After seven years as editor, Jeff Sparrow is leaving the role at the end of the year.

‘It’s been a great privilege working at an iconic magazine for so long,’ said Sparrow. ‘I’m confident Jacinda will take Overland to new heights.’

Sparrow plans to concentrate on his own writing, under the auspices of a newly-awarded Myer Fellowship.

Woodhead will announce a new team and her plans for 2015 in due course.

Overland has never been in better shape,’ she said. ‘Our print circulation has never been so large, while readers accessed nearly a million pages of the online magazine in the last year. We run some of Australia’s most prestigious competitions, hold major events throughout the country and supplement our print issues with online editions of fiction, poetry, spoken word and digital writing.’

Woodhead has worked as deputy editor of Overland for five years. She has contributed both fiction and non-fiction to the journal, and spearheaded Overland’s online project. She will complete her PhD at Victoria University in 2015.

‘Back in 2003, Katherine Wilson and Nathan Hollier co-edited Overland,’ said Woodhead. ‘But I am honoured to be the first sole female editor in the journal’s history.’

Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places.

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  1. wowee! Jeff – every good wish to you, I feel sad and Jacinda Woodhead, you’re going to be amazing and I’m thrilled for you x gee whiz!

  2. Good luck with everything Jeff (and congratulations on the Fellowship)!

    Congratulations to Jacinda as well! Overland will be in good hands with you at the helm.

  3. Congratulations Jacinda! Jeff, congratulations and thank you for all that you have accomplished over these seven years. Best wishes! Davide

  4. Yay, Jack, congratulations, such exciting news. And thanks for all the years Jeff, you’ve been brilliant. All the best for your fellowship and all else. cheers, Jane

  5. All the very best for the next phase Jeff – Overland has been fortunate to have you. All power to you Jacinta.

    Nola Firth

  6. Well done Jeff. Your contribution has been outstanding. Good luck on the next stage and congrats on the supporting award. Best wishes to you too Jacinda in carrying the journal forward.

  7. Congratulations Jacinda…we look forward to your editorial vision and Overland’s future directions, particularly in regard to greater participation in the magazine’s elite folios by Australian writers of colour.

  8. Congratulations Jacinda, and goodbye Jeff, will miss your lovely handwriting, and personalised thankyou’s to my meagre donations. Good luck with your writng.

  9. Best wishes for your new activities, Jeff and congratulations on the fellowship.
    Congratulations Jacinda on your new position, and thanks to you both for always answering my emails.
    Regards and best wishes from Mannie De Saxe

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