Writers, we want your ‘false documents’!

About the ‘False documents’ issue

Overland is seeking fiction submissions for a special online edition themed around ‘false documents’ – that is, fiction disguised as or in the guise of ‘real’ textual artefacts – to be guest edited by Dave Drayton.

These might include stories that take on the shape/form/language/appearance of prescriptions, shopping lists, report cards, instructional manuals, contracts, passive-aggressive post-its, users’ guides, guest books, curriculum vitae, transcripts, court summons, the side of a cereal box, emails, Wikipedia entries, etc. Stories like Mary R Gallagher’s ‘Have You Ever Been To Portland, Maine?’, which at first looks only like a floor-plan; stories like Ryan O’Neill’s ‘The Lists’.

We are looking for stories that will reshape the way we interact with and read the daily bombardment of bumf, to better recognise its literary potential and potential beauty.

Contributors for this edition will be paid $150 per story.

Submissions close 5.59pm, Monday 30 April. The special issue will be available online in early June.

About the guest editor

Dave Drayton is a poet, writer and Overland poetry reader He is a founding member of the Atterton Academy, Kanganoulipian, and the author of E, UIO, A: a feghoot (Container), P(oe)Ms (Rabbit), A Pet Per Ably-Faced Kid (Stale Objects dePress) and Haiturograms (Stale Objects dePress). Find him on Overland and Twitter.

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?
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Not yet an Overland subscriber? 
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Read one of our previous fiction issues

  1. Anna Spargo-Ryan
  2. Natasha Batten
  3. Mandy Beaumont and Craig Bolland – The Idea of Women issue
  4. Ben Walter – Anti-/dis-/un-Australian fiction issue
  5. Rachel Hennessy
  6. Khalid Warsame
  7. Kate Goldsworthy
  8. Oliver Driscoll
  9. SJ Finn
  10. Emily Laidlaw
  11. Miranda Camboni

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