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Pitch to Overland

What we’re after

Overland is always looking for nonfiction pieces, especially for its online magazine. We update the pitch page with 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 600 and 1000 words) to us via our submissions page. We pay $120 for published online pieces.

What are the class politics of millennials?

Many argue that Jeremy Corbyn’s recent polling of a significant majority of the UK youth vote reflected the young’s disenchantment with austerity politics, high student fees and a contracted job market, issues which appeared to be heard by the left Labour candidate. Others would argue that millennials, a technologically consumed generation keen on echoing each other’s ‘woke’ online sentiments, naively ‘virtue-signalled’ their way to the polling stations.

Couldn’t it be both? Are millennials tuned-in radicals of a new variety, as yet unrecognised by the establishment? Or are any generalisations (so to speak) off the mark?

What is going on at writers’ festivals? 

Dan Dixon recently wrote in Overland, ‘Writers’ festivals are strange institutions, often literature-adjacent rather than literary. Discussions tend to revolve around the idea of books rather than the books themselves: what a book means, how it was made, how the author feels about it. When we subject writers to interrogation before an audience, what is it we want from them?’

Are writers’ festivals just good opportunities to discuss the writing that compels us and for writers to promote their wares? Or do they fetishise writers and writing in a way that is bourgeois and indulgent, lending themselves to bourgeois and indulgent politics?

Define solidarity

According to academic, and critic of the campaign against the Adani coal mine, Marcia Langton, ‘cashed-up green groups, some funded by wealthy overseas interests, oppose mining projects with often-flimsy evidence and misrepresent the evidence to the public.’ Also, they persuade ‘the media and the public that a small handful of Indigenous campaigners who oppose the legitimate interests of the majority of their own people, are the truth-tellers and heroes.’

Langton, lawyer Noel Pearson, and other prominent Indigenous activists who have the ears of government and industry, use the language of Aboriginal self-determination to argue that ‘the left’ should stay out of Indigenous politics and economic decision-making.

The machinations of white solidarity politics are complicated and are often a problem. But is this an argument being used to ride roughshod over Indigenous voices that are already struggling to be heard?

We would love to receive responses from Indigenous writers on this topic, and on all other topics.

Note: 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.

How to pitch 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!