Overland is seeking fiction from new and emerging writers for a special online edition to be curated by Rachel Hennessy. For this special edition, ‘new and emerging’ describes a writer who has not yet published a book of stories or novel with commercial distribution. Online contributors for this edition will be paid $120 per story.

hennessy_headshot_250Rachel Hennessy’s first novel, The Quakers (2008), was described by John Birmingham as ‘un-put-down-able’. Her second novel, The Heaven I Swallowed (2013), was runner-up in the Vogel Award and subsequently long-listed for the Kibble Award for an established female Australian writer.  She works as a tutor in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne, as an assessor for Writers Victoria and is on the Arts Victoria literature panel.

Submissions close midnight, Sunday 10 May. The special issue will be available online in June.

Submit your story under the ‘For online’ category on the fiction submissions page, or read one of the previous special issues edited by:

Khalid Warsame

Kate Goldsworthy

Oliver Driscoll

SJ Finn

Emily Laidlaw

Miranda Camboni


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