19 December 201911 March 2020 Activities / Fiction / callout Your summer writing challenge Editorial team Hope you didn’t have any plans this summer, because we need you to clear your schedule for our first special fiction edition of 2020. About special edition Overland is seeking fiction submissions for a special online fiction edition edited by Allan Drew. We are looking for stories with urgency, a clear reason for being told – stories that adhere to that idea that the impulse behind all fiction is “hey, you gotta hear this”. Allan is especially interested in stories where the characters are put under pressure in some way, and we get the chance to see what they’re made of. About the guest editor Allan Drew teaches Creative Writing and Communications at Massey University. You can find him online at www.allan-drew.com. Submission details Submissions close 31 January 2020. The special issue will be available online in March. 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: 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 Anna Spargo-Ryan – Our Hour 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 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 First published in Overland Issue 228 9 December 2022 Fiction Fiction | Quitting Matthew Sini A week after Tom left, Gus was yawning through a morning piss when the patter on the roof intensified to a rattle. Before he could shake the last few dribbles into the toilet bowl, the rattle swelled into a roar. First published in Overland Issue 228 5 November 20225 November 2022 Main Posts Beautiful, Beautiful Shari Kocher She felt both sick and sensuous, all at once, felt she ought to call someone but secretly suspected nobody wanted to hear it. She paced from kitchen to bedroom, recalling the flimsy truth of the factoid her younger friend’s boyfriend had casually shared at yesterday’s picnic, when they’d found themselves not part of any particular conversation beside the warming watermelon, the voices of their peers swirling like bees drawn to more promising flowers.