The Journal

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.

2022

247 Winter 2022

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.

246 Autumn 2022

New essays and fiction from Jeff Sparrow, Ouyang Yu, Elena Gomez and Greg Page, plus the winners of the Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize 2021 and the Judith Wright Poetry Prize 2021.

245 Summer 2021

Kim Kruger on waterways, Gareth Morgan on Lucy Van's 'The Open', Misha Hardwick on a universal basic income, prize-winning poetry from the Queensland Poetry Festival, fiction from Hop Dac, Wayne Marshall and more.

2021

244 Spring 2021

Ellena Savage on work and identity, Jon Piccini on 'A New Britannia', Elias Greig on whale watching, Rafi Alam on carceral injustice. New fiction and poetry from Ursula Robinson-Shaw, Eve Vincent and more.

243 Winter 2021

The history of Aboriginal theatre by Kim Kruger, Yves Rees on Detransition Baby, Robbo Bennetts on the West Gate Bridge and other crises, the winners of the Kuracca Prize for Australian literature and more.

242 Autumn 2021

Zowie Douglas-Kinghorn on climate politics, Cherry Zheng on family and culture, Aiden Coleman on Forbes, new poetry from Louis Armand, the winners of the Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize and the Judith Wright Poetry Prize and more.

2020

241 Summer 2020

Essays on climate change, Footscray history, radical activism, whiteness and more. New Australian fiction and poetry from writers such as Samual Wagan Watson, Jane Turner Goldsmith, Ann Vickery and Rico Craig.

240 Spring 2020

Featuring First Nations essays on organising and social justice from the 2020 RMIT Activism @ the Margins conference, as well as new fiction and poetry from writers such as Omar Sakr, Belinda Hermawan and Ouyang Yu.

239 Winter 2020

Health: Vanamali Hermans on the institutionalisation of care, Samuel Lieblich on psychiatry, Alice Whitmore on mental health, winner of the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous writers, plus new poetry and fiction.

238 Autumn 2020

Radical: Toby Fitch on Sean Bonney, Dujuan Hoosan on Aboriginal history, Elena Gomez on poetics, Micaela Sahhar on Palestine, winners of the Judith Wright Poetry Prize and the Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize.

2019

237 Summer 2019

On: failure; labour in publishing and bookselling; families and prison; co-translation; the German Revolution; The Matrix; and misreading justice. With a stunning selection of fiction and poetry. Contains the 2019 Fair Australia prizewinners. Artwork and illustrations by Matt Chun.

236 Spring 2019

A damning journalistic investigation into the death of dancer Stacey Tierney, the role of the car in climate politics, how streaming culture is changing us, the highs and lows of doorknocking, plus a selection of superb new poetry, the winner of the Nakata Brophy Prize, and the three writers who placed in the 2019 VU Short Story Prize, Joyce Chew, Jack Vening and Laura Elvery. With comics and cover art by Sam Wallman.

235 Winter 2019

Walking through coal country, the gunboat nation in a lifeboat world, the agency of pregnant women, re-reading Primo Levi, and medicine and racism. First edition with new fiction editor Claire Corbett, with works by Jem Tyley-Miller, KA Rees, Laura Elvery, Elizabeth Flux and Ben Walter, and stunning poetry from Ouyang Yu, Ivy Alvarez, Eileen Chong, Norman Erikson Pasaribu and others. Art by political cartoonist Tia Kass.

234 Autumn 2019

Alexis Wright on censorship, Fiona Wright on Tinder, Gabriel Ng on anti-Chinese sentiment, Adam Curley on Survivor, Cambodia and love, plus fire cults, the occupation of Kashmir and a cultural history of swimming. Includes the winning poems from the Judith Wright Poetry Prize. Fiction guest-edited by Evelyn Araluen and Jonathan Dunk. Art by the award-winning Hoda Afshar.

2018

233 Summer 2018

Featuring a red-armband history of 26 January, an analysis of Australian medievalism, a case for the eleven best essays of the past 3,533 days, and a comparative study of #IndigenousDads and the Noongar letters archive. Includes brilliant, provocative fiction and poetry, as well as the results of the 2018 Fair Australia Prize. Guest artist: Mary Leunig.

232 Spring 2018

The ways we talk about race, precarity and practice, copyright and bullshit, rethinking privilege, and Australia’s cultural insecurity. Contains the winning stories from the VU Short Story Prize, and poetry from Anders Villani, Holly Friedlander Liddicoat, Ellen van Neerven and others. Guest artist: Bella Li.

231 Winter 2018

From Utopia to the West Bank, literature and class, how to teach writing, Gay Liberation after the postal vote and racism in the academy. Fiction by Paddy O’Reilly, Michelle Aung Thin, Josephine Rowe and Ben Walter, as well as thrilling poetry, including this year’s Nakata Brophy winner, Raelee Lancaster. Guest artist: Seth Tobocman.

230 Autumn 2018

The history of Black GST, encounters with cuttlefish, working with climate grief and the state of the Australian short story. Also contains the winning entries of the 2017 Judith Wright Poetry and Neilma Sidney Short Story prizes, plus short fiction, poetry and more. Guest artist: Charlotte Allingham.

2017

229 Summer 2017

An issue examining being charged with terrorism, playing the same computer game for 25 years, the legacy of Paradise Lost, the censorship of suicide, sexism in the arts and Australia’s custodial culture. Includes brilliant, provocative fiction, poetry and artwork, as well as the results of the 2017 Fair Australia Prize.

228 Spring 2017

In an edition marking 100 years since the Russian Revolution, writers examine the Cold War, Roswell, nineteenth-century terrorism, virtual reality, and religion in times of revolution. Includes fiction by and an interview with Peter Carey, and the winners of the VU Short Story Prize.

227 Winter 2017

The appropriation of decolonialism, the dark history of Australian eugenics, innovation under capitalism and Sydney’s gambling addiction. Features the winning stories from the Nakata Brophy Prize, as well as fantastic fiction, poetry and regular columns from Alison Croggon, Mel Campbell, Giovanni Tiso and Tony Birch.

226 Autumn 2017

Homophobia in the workplace, populism in the Philippines, the war on Indigenous languages and the need to resist apocalyptic despair. Also contains the winning entries of the 2016 Judith Wright Poetry and Neilma Sidney Short Story prizes, as well as other excellent short fiction and poetry.

2016

225 Summer 2016

When literary heroines meet radical times, fighting Australia's Far Right, the ethics of sex with robots, Trumpism beyond Trump, and the state of the contemporary working class. Includes the winning entries from the 2016 Fair Australia Prize.

224 Spring 2016

Labour activism in China, why politicians can’t understand poverty and fiction’s potential to change the world. Includes the winning entries for the 2016 Victorian University Short Story Prize and regular columnists Alison Croggon, Mel Campbell and Natalie Harkin.

223 Winter 2016

South Africa’s decolonisation movement, left-wing police detectives, the ritual of coming out, the fate of literature, sexism in literary prizes, the New Zealand dream John Key sells, plus original fiction, poetry and the Nakata Brophy Prize.

222 Autumn 2016

South Sudan five years after independence, race and racism in Australian poetry, the mass industrialisation of meat and a history of police involvement in crime television. Plus outstanding original fiction and the finalists of both the Judith Wright Poetry and the Neilma Sidney Short Story prizes.

2015

221 Summer 2015

Class war in the arts, transgender justice, speed-reading, Facebook’s ‘real name’ policy, housing politics, and the many myths of Marconi. Plus prize-winning fiction and Peter Minter’s final poetry selection.

220 Spring 2015

Tensions in Europe’s borderlands, transcending climate change, the fight to keep public housing on Sydney’s waterfront, aesthetics and politics in science fiction, and a visit capitalism’s graveyard. Plus fiction by Omar Musa and Zahid Gamieldien, cutting-edge poetry and more.

219 Winter 2015

The stories told about our colonial histories, the similarities between Gaza and Ferguson, working with whistleblowers, defence lawyers and rape trials, Tonga after Feta Helu, original fiction, poetry and more.

218 Autumn 2015

Overcoming literary jealousy, the origins of Gamergate, the normalisation of torture and Australia's new Book Council, as well as excellent fiction – and the winners of the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize and the Nakata Brophy Prize.

2014

217 Summer 2014

Writing an African novel, work and ‘happiness’, the enduring appeal of Sherlock Holmes, a tale of two settler colonies, the Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize winners, poetry and more.

216 Spring 2014

Words against power, queer writing in Africa, perspectives on lit mags, overcoming writer's block and much more.

215 Winter 2014

On being Queer and Indigenous, protest in a post-democracy era, the vocabulary of austerity, organising writers, Wolf Creek 2 as radical cinema and the history of girls in detention.

214 Autumn 2014

Working in a detention centre, revisiting the legend of Breaker Morant, spy novels in the Soviet Bloc, writing to Susan Sontag about gaming, and winners of the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize.

2013

213 Summer 2013

An Englishman ‘lost among the Afghans’, Arnold Zable talks with Alexis Wright, fighting back against rape culture, whether writers should perform, and winners of the Short Story Prize.

212 Spring 2013

Australia and Nauru, writing someone else's oppression, the evolution of the Greens, writing and health, and arts funding in an age of austerity.

211 Winter 2013

Ned Kelly's skull, feminism and bodybuilding, writers and payment, the pros and cons of crowdfunding, plus new fiction and poetry.

210 Autumn 2013

Terror and the Great American Novel; coming out queer and Muslim; how environmentalists get climate change wrong; plus the winners of the 2012 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize.

2012

209 Summer 2012

Crisis and time, Riot Grrrls and Russia, JD Salinger’s toilet, indefinite detention, the looting of Darwin, radical theatre, counter-hegemonic writing, how writers survive, and more.

208 Spring 2012

The death of newspapers, a reply on fat activism, the potential of outsider porn and much, much more.

207 Winter 2012

Human rights versus human freedom; priorities for the women's movement; politics of steampunk; the case for fat activism and much, much more.

206 Autumn 2012

A mysterious death in Melbourne’s west, the European meltdown, the 2011 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize and much more.

2011

205 Summer 2011

Mattias Gardell on the Oslo massacre, the politics of Indigenous languages, an extract from Alexis Wright’s forthcoming novel and much more.