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Issue Details: First known date: 2017... vol. 228 Spring 2017 of Overland est. 1954 Overland
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'It has been 100 years since the Tsarist Empire was undone by the will of millions of Russian workers, peasants, and disenfranchised. the first of the 1927 revolutions began - unexpectedly - on International Women's Day, when Petrograd's factories were overflowing with speeches on the state of women's lives.' (Editorial)


* Contents derived from the 2017 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Overland VU Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers : Judges Notes, Enza Gandolfo , Frank Moorhouse , Rachael McGuirk , Ian See , single work prose

'800 stories were submitted for consideration this year, many exploring the politics of this decade. After six weeks we decided on a shortlist of ten impressive examples of the contemporary short story, which included this years three finalists.' (Introduction)

(p. 25)
Breeding Season, Amanda Niehaus , single work short story

'It's pre-dawn, all dark. Breeding season. Elise wakes just before her alarm goes off, skin sharp in the cold air. She tugs the blankets back across her body, curls her knees in and lets herself - for a moment - think of Dan asleep at home in Brisbane, long limbs spidered into all the corners of their bed. In her mind, she sits across from him and kiss-counts the freckles on his shoulder. On his nose. His beard tickles her chin. He exhales warm air through his damp gap mouth and he will never know it, how she runs her hand across his clavicle, sternum, ribs as he sleeps; how she traces the lines of his wrist and hip where the flesh is thinnest, where she might so easily push in.' (Introduction)

(p. 26-30)
Girlish Roadkill, Judyth Emanuel , single work short story

'Do you hate how life moulds you and them?

How you adore big-breasted women. Possessed like these retarded emotions, a pixie and a dimple.

Gave them both a tumble. Their scent sticks to your fingers.

You slam into

Your very own imagination. Electric dusk. Sewer overflowing. Streets of muck,

 The cleansing rain.

Ball, you say. Why the hell are you smiling?

There ain't no happy endings

You know how' 


(p. 38-44)
On Experimentalism, Mel Campbell , single work essay

'When The Lifted Brow announced its prize for experimental nonfiction in late 2014, the fact I wondered what 'experimental' meant was probably a sign I am not very experimental. A bad sign. The literary industry so often valorises experimenting with form, genre and voice as something bold and revolutionary that I felt small and conformist for finding the whole field of 'experimental writing' intimidating, and not knowing how to enter it.' (Introduction)

(p. 45-46)
Everything That Happens in the Film Clip for Men at Work's 'Down Under'i"A mid-twenties yarn, classic as A Country Practice", Liam Ferney , single work poetry (p. 60)
Languages Learned in Helli"gown fitting", Audrey Molloy , single work poetry (p. 61)
The Taski"We fished with lines, not nets.", Eileen Chong , single work poetry (p. 62)
Breathi"In winter when I say your name", Allis Hamilton , single work poetry (p. 63)
Triali"silk nest hull", Elena Gomez , single work poetry (p. 64)
Speaki"we long", Elena Gomez , single work poetry (p. 65)
A Worm In Your Eari"If advertising pays", Chris Edwards , single work poetry (p. 66)
If You Thinki"In industrialised societies (I say this", Chris Edwards , single work poetry (p. 67)
VBi"Victory is gold", Jaquim Duggan , single work poetry (p. 67)
On Reason, Alison Croggon , single work essay

'When I first decided I was going to be a writer, at around the age of ten, I wanted to be a fantasy writer and a poet. My mother still has my first folder of poems, carefully typed out like a proper book complete with a contents page. My first attempt at a novel was a ham-fisted copy of The Lord of the Rings. i wrote about a hundred pages by hand in my new black fountain pen, which I subsequently threw out as embarrassing juvenilia at the lofty age of fourteen.' (Introduction)

(p. 74-75)
Talking 'Crabs', Peter Carey , Jennifer Mills (interviewer), single work interview

'In Spring of 1972, Overland published a short story by a little-known writer from Bacchus Marsh. Two years later, this story opened Peter Carey's debut collection, The Fat Man in History, which launched his career here and internationally; he has since become that rare Australian literary figure who is both immensely popular and critically respected.' (Introduction)

(p. 82-84)
Crabs, Peter Carey , single work short story satire science fiction

'Crabs is very neat in everything he does. His movements are almost fussy, but he has so much fight in his delicate frame that they're not fussy at all. Lately he has been eating. When Frank eats one steak, Crab eats two. When Frank has a pint of mil, Crabs drinks two. He spends a lot of time lying on his bed, groaning, because of the food. But he's building up. At night he runs five miles to Clayton. He always means to run back, but he always ends up on the train, hot and sweating and sticking to the seat. His aim is to increase his weight and get a job driving for Allied Panel and Towing. Already he has his licence but he's too small, not tough enough to beat off the competition at a crash scene.' (Introduction)

(p. 85-93)

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