Writers, we want your fiction about women!

Overland is looking for fiction for its next special issue, The idea of women, to be guest edited by Mandy Beaumont and Craig Bolland and published in October.

About ‘The idea of women’ edition:

‘Since I had been born a man, I craved women constantly, the lower the better. And yet women, good women, frightened me because they eventually wanted your soul, and what was left of mine, I wanted to keep … So I continued to struggle with women, with the idea of women.’ – Charles Bukowski

For this special online fiction edition of Overland, the editors are looking for stories that explore – broadly – how women are experienced as ideas rather than realities.*

Women as fantastic beasts. Women as projections. Women not as they actually are, but as they are imagined and fantasised about; as they are limited and defined by, or viewed through, ideas of femininity – from the empowered to the absurd.

*A theme inspired by close readings of the works of Charles Bukowski.


About the guest editors

Mandy Beaumont teaches Creative Writing at Griffith University. Most recently Mandy was shortlisted for the Newcastle Short Story Award and won the MOTH International Short Story Award. She is a Fresh Ground Resident at the JWCOCA and a member of the advisory committee for Arts Queensland Literature Grants. mandybeaumont.com

Craig Bolland is a lecturer in Creative Writing and Literary studies at the Queensland University of Technology. He is an award winning playwright and short film maker, and the author of the novel I Knit Water (UQP). craig.com.au


Submission details

Online contributors for this edition will be paid $120 per story.

Entries for the special issue close 11.59pm, Wednesday 31 August 2016. ‘The idea of women’ issue will be available online in early October.


Submit your story

Under the ‘For online’ category on the fiction submissions page.

You may also be interested in reading one of the previous special issues edited by Ben WalterOliver DriscollSJ FinnEmily LaidlawMiranda CamboniKate Goldsworthy, Khalid Warsame or Rachel Hennessy.


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