We need a guest fiction editor

Paid guest editorship

Every year, Overland publishes several online editions showcasing work by new and emerging writers. An opportunity exists for an emerging editor to work on one of these online fiction editions, to be published in June 2017.

Recent editions have included The Idea of Women and Ben Walter’s anti-/dis-/un-Australian issue, as well as editions edited by writer and academic Rachel Hennessy, writer and Lifted Brow fiction editor Khalid Warsame, writer and Affirm Press editor Kate Goldsworthy, and writer and Slow Canoe co-founder Oliver Driscoll. Natasha Batten’s upcoming fiction edition, Overland’s first for 2017, will be published in early April.

The successful applicant will receive a payment of $500 to read a large number of submitted stories and to select four for online publication. The emerging editor will be an Overland subscriber with sufficient familiarity with the journal to curate writing that is appropriate. They will also have a demonstrable interest in contemporary fiction and will be capable of writing a short editorial to introduce the edition.

As the fiction will be read and assessed online, the applicant can be based anywhere in Australia or New Zealand.


How to apply

Please submit a brief CV (up to two pages), and one or two paragraphs as to why you are the right person for the position. Note: editors are welcome to suggest loose themes for their issues. (See, for example, the callout for the anti-/dis-/un-Australian or The Idea of Women issues.)

Applications for this position close 11.59 pm, Sunday 5 February 2017.


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