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Overland (magazine)

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Spring 2008 cover
EditorEvelyn Araluen and Jonathan Dunk
Former editorsJacinda Woodhead
CategoriesLiterature, culture
FrequencyQuarterly & online
Total circulation
Based inMelbourne

Overland is an Australian literary and cultural magazine, established in 1954 and as of April 2020 published quarterly in print as well as online.


Overland was established in 1954,[2] under the auspices of the Realist Writers Group in Melbourne, with Stephen Murray-Smith as the first editor-in-chief.[3][4] It was initially formed by anti-Stalinist members of the Communist Party of Australia and other members of the 1950s New Left.[5]


The magazine has been edited by:


Overland describes itself as "Australia’s only radical literary magazine", which publishes fiction, poetry, non-fiction and art. It says it "continues to document lesser-known stories and histories [and] give a voice to those whose stories are otherwise marginalised, misrepresented or ignored, and point public debate in alternative directions".[9][10]

Its formats are a quarterly print journal (which publishes fiction, poetry and essays) and an online magazine containing daily cultural commentary and occasional fiction and poetry. It also "holds events, discussions and debates, hosts a number of major literary competitions, and runs a residency for under-represented writers".[10]

As of December 2019, the editors-in-chief are Evelyn Araluen and Jonathan Dunk, and it is published by a not-for-profit organisation. Its patron is Barry Jones.[10]


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  1. ^ a b "Voices from the edge". The Age. 5 May 2004. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Australian Magazines of the Twentieth Century". Austlit. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  3. ^ Davidson, Jim (26 August 2014). "Stephen's vector". Overland. Retrieved 11 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Australian literary magazines". Government of Australia Culture and Recreation Portal. Archived from the original on 8 December 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2008.
  5. ^ Piccini, Jon; Smith, Evan; Worley, Matthew, eds. (2018). The far left in Australia since 1945 (1st ed.). Routledge. p. 145. ISBN 9780429487347.
  6. ^ "Barrett Reid: a charismatic chameleon". La Trobe Journal (87). May 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  7. ^ "John and Shirley McLaren Collection". Archived from the original on 29 May 2012.
  8. ^ "Vulgar values". The Age. 18 March 2002. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  9. ^ McLaren, John (12 November 2014). "Bias Australian?". Overland. Retrieved 11 May 2021.
  10. ^ a b c "About Overland". Overland. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Judith Wright Poetry Prize ($9000)". Overland. 2 December 2019. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  12. ^ "Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize ($5000)". Overland. 2 December 2019. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  13. ^ "Nakata Brophy Short Fiction and Poetry Prize for Young Indigenous Writers". Overland. 16 February 2020. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  14. ^ "Victoria University Short Story Prize for New Writers – ($8000)". Overland. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  15. ^ "The $20,000 Fair Australia Prize – extended until 19 August!". Overland. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  16. ^ "Overland creates new prize in honour of Reed-Gilbert". Books+Publishing. 14 January 2021. Retrieved 14 January 2021.

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