Published in Overland Issue Fiction in Lockdown Fiction Fiction in Lockdown Elena Gomez How do you theme a fiction special that was created and pulled together in the depths of a global pandemic and severe lockdown? You don’t. You find a collection of talented writers and let them do what they do best. Thanks to the support of a Creative Victoria grant, this fiction special features a very talented selection of writers whose stories offer us a brief reprieve from the world we’ve all inhabited this year. This is not pandemic fiction but a collection of stories that offer provocations, immersive worlds, and the funny and strange parts of life that only art can reveal. These are stories that ask what it is to be human, and what it is to love, in ways that transcend global events. We are so grateful to the writers for creating and sharing their work during trying times, and for trusting us with their work. Dominic Amerena – Tender and Doomed Khalilah Okeke – Gilded Edges Vincent Silk – Red and Blue Flames Laura Stortenbeker – As Armour Khalid Warsame – Plumburn Read the rest of Fiction in Lockdown, edited by Elena Gomez If you enjoyed this special edition, subscribe and receive a year’s worth of print issues, the online magazine, special editions and discounted entry to our literary competitions Elena Gomez Elena Gomez is a poet and book editor living in Melbourne. She is the author of Body of Work (Cordite) and a number of chapbooks. More by Elena Gomez 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 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. 9 First published in Overland Issue 228 2 September 20228 September 2022 Fiction Fiction | Focus Rose Allan A woman is lying on her back, disappearing into the sand. Bit by bit. First her belly, then her legs and lastly her feet. Her eyes are closed. She could be dreaming. She could be dead. From above on the boardwalk, Madeleine has an excellent view. A boy and a girl gleefully scoop and dump sand over the woman’s body. The mother must trust them not to get carried away and dump sand on her head.