Enjoy the best of Autumn fiction selected by guest editor, writer Allan Drew.
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.
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.
Eda Gunaydin guest edits an online speculative fiction edition of stories presenting alternative futures that transcend the pessimism of the present. Featuring works by Hannah Jenkins, Jasmin McGaughey, Cat Nadel, Joe Ramshaw and Andrew Roff.
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.
Michalia Arathimos guest edits an online fiction edition about the future of sex – stories that explore how we approach sexuality now and tomorrow. Featuring works by Sophiya Sharma, DG Reynolds, Patton Quinn and Drew Roberts.
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.
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.
The Migration Amendment Bill, that would guarantee required medical treatment for people imprisoned in Australian offshore camps, is needed. It is also the smallest possible step that could be taken in dismantling the brutal Australian border regime: a regime enacted not just in the camps, but across all levels of Australian life.
Mitchell Welch guest edits an online poetry edition of ‘internet poetry’ – poetry disguised as digital frustrations in the form of frontier fomes. Featuring works by Andy Connor, Liam Ferney, Laura Jean Mckay and Toby Fitch.
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.
Results from the 2018 Oodgeroo Noonuccal Poetry Prize, Australia’s only open-age Indigenous poetry prize for an unpublished poem. With poems from Brenda Saunders, Claire G Coleman and Yvette Henry Holt.
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.
This special edition marks the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, when, in 1948, more than 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes. In 2018, the violent occupation of Palestine and its people continues.
Linda Godfrey guest edits the latest in Overland’s online fiction editions. Featuring short stories by Claire Baxter, Cameron Colwell, Melissa Manning and Sophie Overett.
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.
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.
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.
Novelist Anna Spargo-Ryan guest edits Overland’s spring fiction edition, ‘Own stories’. Featuring short stories from across the globe by Paola Ferrante, Jessie Berry-Porter, Ladi Opaluwa and Claire Varley.
Administered by Queensland Poetry Festival, the Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize is Australia's only open-age award for outstanding unpublished poems by Indigenous writers.
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.
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.
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.
Administered by Queensland Poetry Festival, the Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize is Australia's only open-age award, presented to an outstanding unpublished poem by Indigenous writers.
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.
Ben Walter guest edits the first of Overland’s online fiction issues for 2016 with an un-/dis-/anti-Australian theme. Featuring short stories by Alex Cothren, Zahid Gamieldien, Laura McPhee-Browne and Jessica Yu.
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.
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.
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.
A special issue of contemporary New Zealand nonfiction, featuring Naomi Arnold, Megan Clayton, Murdoch Stephens and David Young. Edited by Giovanni Tiso.
Rachel Hennessy guest edits Overland’s 2015 winter fiction. Featuring short stories by Shannon Burns, Kalia Forde, Joshua Kemp and Emma Rayward.
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.
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.
Khalid Warsame guest edits the first of Overland’s online fiction issues for 2015. Featuring short stories by Dom Amerena, Kate Elkington, Imogen McCluskey, and Camille Renaud.
Benjamin Laird curates Overland’s second edition of electronic and digital-born poetry. Features Pascalle Burton, Mez Breeze, Panos Couros, Josh Mei-Ling Dubrau, Ian Gibbins, Christopher Rodley, Omar Sakr and Peter Wildman.
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.
Kate Goldsworthy guest edits the latest in Overland’s online fiction issues. Featuring short stories by Laura Stortenbeker, Katherine Brabon, Ariella Van Luyn, and Iranian writer, Amirreza Esmaily.
Words against power, queer writing in Africa, perspectives on lit mags, overcoming writer's block and much more.
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.
Author SJ Finn guest edits the second of Overland’s online fiction issues for 2013. Featuring short stories by Alice Bishop, Patrick Holloway, Louise Spence and Sam Wieck.
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.
Benjamin Laird curates Overland's first edition of electronic and digital-born poetry. Features Mez Breeze, Jim Andrews, Jason Nelson, Pip Smith, Gary Barwin, Hazel Smith (with Roger Dean and Greg White), Tully Hansen and Jessica Rae.
Australia and Nauru, writing someone else's oppression, the evolution of the Greens, writing and health, and arts funding in an age of austerity.
Emerging editor Emily Laidlaw guest edits the first of Overland’s online fiction issues for 2013. Featuring short stories by Kristin Hannaford, Melissa Howard, Kelli Lonergan and Samuel Rutter.
Maxine Clarke curates Overland’s second spoken word edition, featuring ten original recordings of audio poetry exploring the theme ‘resistance’. Issue includes our first international spoken word artist, Ngwatilo Mawiyoo.
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.
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.
The death of newspapers, a reply on fat activism, the potential of outsider porn and much, much more.
Maxine Clarke curates Overland’s first selection of spoken word, featuring seven original recordings of audio poetry.
Emerging editor and Overland editorial assistant Miranda Camboni guest edits the first in Overland’s online fiction series.
Human rights versus human freedom; priorities for the women's movement; politics of steampunk; the case for fat activism and much, much more.
A mysterious death in Melbourne’s west, the European meltdown, the 2011 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize and much more.
In the wake of economic crises, political atomisation and an increase in militarised policing, what does the Occupy movement mean?
Mattias Gardell on the Oslo massacre, the politics of Indigenous languages, an extract from Alexis Wright’s forthcoming novel and much more.
Malalai Joya on why Australia must leave Afghanistan, a kidnapping in Iraq, a new Left in philosophy and much, much more.
The shared history of black, queer and convict struggles, ASIO’s early days, Islamism and the Left debated and much, much more.
The theory of Wikileaks; the art of Shaun Tan; volunteerism and neoliberalism in literary culture; and much, much more.
Afghanistan, liberalism and bigotry; creativity and labour; the art of drawing money; and much, much more.
Special anniversary edition: politics of Noel Pearson; gender, capitalism, anorexia; new fiction by Tsiolkas, Hospital and Hitchcock; collaborative celebratory poem and more.
Book pirates, the pros and cons of the Greens, Paul Kelly’s insider histories, Cate Kennedy on disconnecting for creativity, and much more.
Margaret Simons on the future of reading; Mungo MacCallum on Labor and refugees; Raewyn Connell on the Left's past, present and prospects; plus the machinery of death row, Zionism in Australia, new fiction, poetry and more.
The pleasures of reading, the NT intervention, utopianism in Paraguay, O'Lincoln contra Hamilton, the secret history of the IPA.