Overland is seeking a new editor

After ten years in editorial roles, where she moved from intern to online editor to deputy editor and to editor in early 2015, Jacinda Woodhead is leaving Overland.

‘It’s been a privilege to work at a magazine that is so vital and spirited,’ Jacinda says. ‘Over the years, I’ve been able to publish many important works, writers and artists, and I want to thank all of those contributors, and our readers, editors, interns, volunteers and staff, who make Overland such a literary force.’

‘But I also think that the only way for a 65-year-old magazine like Overland to stay vital and dynamic is by making space for new people and new directions,’ she says.

Now, Overland is seeking a new editor, and for the first time in its history, the magazine is advertising the position. The details and position description are below.

Read the full media release.

Applications close 6 pm, Wednesday 3 July 2019.


The role

The editor is responsible for the editorial leadership and management of Overland. This includes deciding the editorial vision for the magazine and fulfilling the organisation’s strategic direction, which guides the day-to-day operation of Overland. The role involves managing a small literary organisation and coordinating many concurrent projects.

The editor will work with a range of stakeholders, including funding bodies, sponsors, staff, contractors, guest-editors and interns, as well as many new and established writers and artists, and the Overland board, to ensure Overland’s relevance, impact and viability.

The editor has responsibility for overseeing all aspects of producing a quarterly print magazine, an online daily magazine, various projects (such as prizes and residencies) and ongoing outreach and engagement to promote progressive writing, politics and culture – aiming to produce excellent work, engage with audiences and grow readership. The editor will be an advocate for Overland in correspondence with funding bodies, sponsors and partners, and within the writing and arts communities in Australia.

The ideal candidate will embody the founding mission and values of Overland, and bring their own ideas, passions and experience to the role.


How to apply

Please read the full position description before applying.

Applicants should then submit:

  • an editorial vision statement (up to 500 words),
  • one to two pages addressing the key selection criteria, and
  • a targeted CV, which includes two referees

Applications should be uploaded via our dedicated Overland Submittable page.

For further information or enquiries, please email overland@vu.edu.au or alternatively current editor Jacinda Woodhead (jacinda@overland.org.au) or Overland chair Dr Bronwyn Cran (chair@overland.org.au).


Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places.

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