Gregory Marks on Wake In Fright, Lachlan Summers on the naming of storms, Jack Kirne on colonialism and climate literature, plus new fiction and poetry from Laurie Steed, Karen A Johnson, Yeena Kirkbright, Holly Isemonger, joanne burns, and the winner of the 2021 Nakata Brophy Prize.
Overland – Australia’s only radical literary magazine – has been showcasing brilliant and progressive fiction, poetry, nonfiction and art since 1954. The magazine has published some of Australia’s most iconic writers, and continues to give space to underrepresented voices and brand-new literary talent every single day.
In 2022, Overland is a quarterly print journal (publishing essays, stories and poetry), and an online magazine publishing cultural commentary each week day, as well as occasional special online editions of fiction and poetry. The magazine also holds events, discussions and debates, hosts a number of major literary competitions, and runs a residency for underrepresented writers.
Overland’s mission is to foster new, original and progressive writing exploring the relationship between politics and culture, especially literature, and to bring that work to as many people as possible. Editorially, Overland is committed to publishing underrepresented perspectives on issues rarely given space in traditional media.
In Overland’s very first edition in 1954, Stephen Murray-Smith noted that the magazine would ‘publish poetry and short stories, articles and criticism by new and by established writers. It will aim high … [but] will make a special point of developing writing talent in people of diverse backgrounds. We ask of our readers, however inexpert, that they write for us; that they share our love of living, our optimism, our belief in the traditional dream of a better Australia.’
Sixty-eight years on, Overland maintains this founding editorial vision, though the outlook is more global. The magazine continues to document lesser-known stories and histories, dissect media hysteria and dishonesty, debunk the populist hype of politicians, give a voice to those whose stories are otherwise marginalised, misrepresented or ignored, and point public debate in alternative directions.
Overland accepts unsolicited writing for both the print and online journals, and is committed to paying all its writers.
Overland is published by a not-for-profit organisation on the Register of Cultural Organisations. It depends on its community for support. If you like what you read, please take out a subscription.
Editors-in-chief: Evelyn Araluen and Jonathan Dunk
Head of Operations: Stephanie Holt
Administration: Alex Skutenko
Editor – online magazine: Giovanni Tiso
Editor – fiction: Claire Corbett
Editor – poetry: Toby Fitch
Contributing editor: Sam Wallman
Website producer: Benjamin Laird
Publicity, reviews, prizes and graphic design: Stephanie Ochona
O L Society Limited, ABN 78 007 402 673.
PO Box 12256, A’Beckett Street VIC 8006.
Incorporated in Victoria.
If you would like to stock Overland, or to purchase a copy, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, see our list of current stockists.
Hon Barry Jones AO: Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Education at University of Melbourne, former Minister for Science; former National President of the ALP.
Godfrey Moase (chair): Executive Director United Workers Union, co-founder of Cooperative Power.
Evelyn Araluen: Co-editor of Overland.
Dr Jonathan Dunk: Co-editor of Overland.
Andrew Leggatt (treasurer): financial consultant and former purchasing operations manager of Amazon Commercial Services Australia.
Aviva Tuffield (secretary): publisher at University of Queensland Press and a co-founder of The Stella Prize.
Jack Faine: employment and industrial lawyer at Maurice Blackburn.
Kathryn Gledhill-Tucker: Nyungar writer, technologist and digital rights activist whose work explores our relationship to Country, activism and technology in imagining Indigenous futures.
Hella Ibrahim: Senior Publications Officer at the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, founder and ex-editorial director of Djed Press.
Shane Reside: Sydney Branch Organiser for the Maritime Union of Australia.
Veronica Sullivan: Head of Programming at the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, and a member of the Custodial Committee of the Kat Muscat Fellowship.
Professor Ann Vickery: Head of Writing, Literature and Culture at Deakin University and author of a number of critical monographs and three poetry collections.
Overland is a member of SPN: the Small Press Network.
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