Your summer writing challenge

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

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

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


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