Published in Overland Issue 226.5 Autumn fiction Main Posts The Autumn Fiction edition Editorial Team Several years back I visited the former premises of Overland, a ramshackle house posing as an office on a residential street in Footscray (or so I remember). Within, ducking from room to room, was ‘Team Overland’, including former editor Jeff Sparrow and current editor Jacinda Woodhead. That quiet afternoon, in which I was interviewed for an intern position, changed my life. Although I never became an intern at Overland, I instead began to read its fiction submissions. I was woken to the dreams the industry holds – the incredible catalogue of talent and spirit swelling the submissions bottlenecks of time-poor publishing houses. It is a (slightly gruesome, occasionally heart-breaking) spectacular. This past December I started reading submissions as guest editor for this fiction edition. There were more than 280 submissions, including an abundance of stories of love and fear and trauma, of families, of fever and in fantasy. The four stories I have selected, among a shortlisted group of six or seven, have been chosen for their intimacy and expression of human thought and behaviour. My thanks go to the courage of everybody who submitted, and particularly to the authors of these four stories – Rebecca Slater, Stevi-Lee Alver, Stuart Wilkinson and David Turnbull – for their talent and grace. I’m a stranger you’ve let step into your stories and I’ll be ever grateful for the opportunity. This role has been such a romance. I’ve had such a summer of love. Image: ‘Panegyrics of Granovetter’ / Sarah C Murray Read the rest of our Autumn Fiction edition: ‘The fish’, by Rebecca Slater ‘a madman’s lullaby’, by Stevi-Lee Alver ‘A long breath’, by Stuart Wilkinson ‘Dance of the mobiles’, by David Turnbull Editorial Team Natasha Batten has been an editorial assistant at Overland since 2012. She works by day as a production coordinator for a client publisher in Melbourne. Natasha prefers stories to warm and haunt her in equal parts. All the light we cannot see, A little life, and The glorious heresies are some of her recent favourite reads. More by Editorial Team 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 11 November 202211 November 2022 Main Posts On the last day of Subscriberthon, our amazing online editor gives you one last (very good) reason to subscribe Editorial team What's in store for the last day of Subscriberthon? First published in Overland Issue 228 10 November 202210 November 2022 Main Posts On the second-last day of Subscriberthon, our favourite editor-duo give you reason #1002 to subscribe to Overland Editorial team What's in store for the second-last day of Subscriberthon?