Pitch to Overland

Overland is always looking for nonfiction pieces, especially for its online magazine. Each week, we will list particular subjects that seem interesting – though we consider pitches on any topics. Most of all, we’re looking for thoughtful, provocative and argumentative articles, pieces that will provoke discussion and debate. You can pitch to us on one of the topics below, or submit completed articles (of between 500 and 1000 words) to us via our submissions page. We pay $70 for online articles.

At the moment, these topics seem worth investigating:

Indigenous Australia
After significant public pressure, Brian Martin, the royal commissioner appointed to investigate juvenile detention centres in the Northern Territory, has resigned less than a week after being appointed in the role, and replaced by Mick Gooda and Margaret White. What are your thoughts about the campaign against juvenile detention so far? What comes next? How can we build a broader ‘communities, not prisons’ movement?

Pop culture
New Netflix TV show Stranger Things has become something of a phenomenon – and owes much of its appeal to recognisable elements from old 80s movies. What is the appeal of (the aesthetics of) visual nostalgia?

The 2015 Stella Count is out, and the results for women writers in Australia are bleak. Is public shaming enough?

The Census
There has been rising concern over the privacy implications of this year’s Census. The government has so much of our data anyway, and corporations are continually hoarding it – does our Census data really matter?

Is Dolly Parton a feminist? And is there a feminist case for loving Dolly Parton? We’d love to hear about both these things.

United Nations
Australia is signatory to a number of United Nations Conventions, including the Refugee Convention, the Convention to the Rights of the Child, and the Convention against Torture – many of which it routinely ignores. So what does it say about the institution that even Kevin Rudd, whose ‘hard-line’ stance against refugees resulted in resettling refugees in PNG, can be considered for a United Nations position? What function does the UN serve today?


Note, though: we are open to pitches on any subject.

If you have a completed article, follow the links on the submission page to send it to us.

If you want to pitch an article, we ask you to do so through our online submission system. Overland relies on its subscribers for support: subscribers should use this link to pitch; non-subscribers should use this one.

The submission system will ask you to explain your proposed article in around 100 words and should address the following: What will your piece be about and why are you the person to write it? How will your article be different from other writing on the subject? When will you be able to send the finished piece?

Make sure that your deadline is realistic – if we accept your pitch, we are committing to publishing the article only so long as we receive publishable copy by the specified time and date.

If you can provide links to examples of your writing (whether in other publications or on your own site), please do so.

We look forward to hearing from you!