22 December 201725 January 2018 Writing / Announcement New writers, we’re hungry for your fiction! Editorial team About the issue Overland is seeking fiction from new and emerging writers for a special online edition to be guest edited by Linda Godfrey. For this special edition, ‘new and emerging’ describes writers at various early-career stages, from previously unpublished to no more than one collection of stories or a novel published. Online contributors for this edition will be paid $150 per story. Submissions close 11.59pm, Sunday 4 February 2018. The special issue will be available online in April. About the editor Linda Godfrey is the program manager of the Wollongong Writers Festival and a Doctor of Creative Arts student at the University of Wollongong. She has been reading for Overland since 2015. Linda likes to read contemporary women’s fiction. Some of her favourite books from the past year have been Emma Cline’s The Girls, Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends and Catherine Cole’s collection of short stories Seabirds Crying in the Harbour Dark. Guidelines for submission Stories can run from flash fiction to longer short stories, but the maximum word length for submissions is 4000 words. Kindly note: writers may submit no more than two stories for consideration for this special issue. Submit your story as a: Current Overland subscriber? Click here to submit your story. Not yet an Overland subscriber? Click here to submit your story. (Remember, you can support Overland by becoming a subscriber.) Read one of our previous fiction issues, guest edited by: Anna Spargo-Ryan – the Our Hour edition Natasha Batten Mandy Beaumont and Craig Bolland – The Idea of Women issue Ben Walter – Anti-/dis-/un-Australian fiction issue Rachel Hennessy Khalid Warsame Kate Goldsworthy Oliver Driscoll SJ Finn Emily Laidlaw Miranda Camboni Image: Pleased to meat you / Mark Feeth 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 4 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.