Overland relies on its subscribers for survival. For that reason, the editors prioritise submissions by subscribers. While all work will be read, we cannot guarantee response times to submissions by non-subscribers. You can support Overland by becoming a subscriber.

About us

Overland is a quarterly print journal (publishing essays, stories and poetry) and an online magazine, publishing non-fiction articles regularly each week. Overland also occasionally publishes special online editions of fiction and poetry. Those wishing to submit material are strongly urged to familiarise themselves with Overland and its various projects. Overland will not – except in special circumstances – accept submissions that have been previously published elsewhere, including on the internet.

Overland has a proud history of publishing underrepresented writers and promoting manifold voices. We are especially keen on receiving submissions from women writers of colour in all areas – fiction, poetry, nonfiction and art.


Writers wishing to submit articles to the online magazine should look at our pitch page. This lists the topics we would particularly like to cover and provides a mechanism through which writers can pitch articles on these and other subjects. Please note that we only accept personal essays and creative non-fiction for the online magazine if it is directly and consistently linked to political concerns. Please note: if you are pitching an already-written piece, it’s best to just send us the draft to consider.

How to submit

We ask all authors to submit their work via Submittable, an electronic submission manager. This facility allows authors to track the progress of their submission. It does require the creation of an account but this process is very simple.

Overland endeavours to reply to submissions as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, the quantity received means that the process can take time and we ask contributors for patience.


Rates for articles in the online magazine –  $150 (plus superannuation for ABN holders and GST when applicable).

Rates for the print magazine: fiction and essays – $500; poems – $150 (plus superannuation for ABN holders and GST when applicable).

Overland pays contributors upon publication. If your piece has recently appeared in print or online, you can submit your invoice via this Submittable link.

Freelance Charter

Overland believes that freelance contributors are an integral part of our business. As such, we are proud to become the first publishers to sign onto the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance’s Freelance Charter, which affirms the rights and protections of freelance contributors. Find out more about the campaign to support freelance writers here.

Ready to submit?

Completed articles and poems should be submitted in the relevant category below.
Fiction, from Australia and New Zealand only, and 3000 words or less, should be submitted via the category below.


Fiction (please note that fiction submissions are currently closed)


If you’re pitching an article idea instead, visit our

Pitch page