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Overland is Seeking Speculative Fiction for a Special Online Edition

Overland is seeking fiction submissions for a special online edition themed around the future(s) you would manifest.

Australian-based literary magazine Overland has been publishing progressive fiction, poetry, nonfiction and art since 1954. The magazine has published some of Australia’s most iconic writers, and continues to give space to underrepresented voices and brand-new literary talent.

For this special online issue, guest editor Eda Gunaydin is calling for “speculative alternatives to the oppressions that structure our lives. Science fiction, hard and soft; futurist fiction; queer fiction; decolonial and de-carceral fiction; even autofiction that writes you into the future. Work which transcends the pessimism of the present. Happy endings are not mandatory – a utopia need not be sickly sweet or banal.”

Submissions are invited from writers based anywhere in the world and emerging writers/unpublished writers are also welcome to submit their work.

“Which is the future you would manifest, if you could? Go to that place, and bring back a story, one which forces us to see otherwise.”

Word limits

Stories can run from flash fiction to longer short stories, but the maximum word length for submissions is 4000 words.


AUD$150 (approximately US$105)


11.59pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, Monday 15 July 2019

More Information

Visit the Overland website to read the full submission guidelines.

Overland also accepts general submissions of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Payment rates for the print magazine are AUD$500 for prose and AUD$120 for poetry.