Fiction submissions

For the print magazine

 Overland publishes fiction by new and diverse writers (and some established authors) with a focus on work that is politically engaged, intellectually challenging and inventive, across a range of genres and styles. We actively look for new work from emerging writers in regional Australia. The payment for stories published in the print journal is $500. Payment for stories published online is $150.

Fiction editor: Claire Corbett.

Kindly note the following guidelines:

  • Due to the number of submissions our editors and volunteer readers receive, we ask that writers submit no more than one story for consideration at any one time. Please wait for a response before submitting other work.
  • We are currently only accepting fiction submissions from writers living and/or working in or around Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • All work should be submitted as WORD documents in 12pt Times New Roman double-spaced.
  • Please do not resubmit an edited version of a story already considered unless you have been invited to resubmit.
  • We receive a large volume of submissions, so the current response period is 6 months or more. With this in mind, please wait at least six months before asking about progress on a piece under consideration. All submissions receive several readings.
  • We allow simultaneous submissions but please let us know if a story is accepted elsewhere.
  • Most importantly, read Overland. Reading Overland will increase your chances of publication. If you are familiar with the fiction we publish, it will show in your work. 

Current Overland subscriber?
Click here to submit your story.

Not yet an Overland subscriber?
Click here to submit your story.
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For online

Overland publishes two or three special online fiction issues each year, curated by emerging editors and featuring the work of emerging, and occasionally established, writers. Contributors are paid $150 per story for the online issues. Stay tuned for the next special issue.


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