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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Overland is pleased to announce the CAL-Connections project. CAL-Connections aims to increase the diversity of voices featured in literary culture by actively seeking out and supporting writers from those communities under-represented in Australian publishing. A quick survey of Australia’s major literary journals clearly reveals, for instance, a gross gender imbalance – an imbalance that... is, regrettably, continued at Overland. This disproportionate representation is indicative of a wider problem; it is undeniable that a similar situation exists for writers who are queer, Indigenous, disabled or from religiously or ethnically minority backgrounds.
Over the next two years Overland will devote additional resources to encouraging greater editorial diversity, culminating in the publication of a special CAL-Connections essay in each of the journal’s next eight editions. These major political essays will not only draw attention to the issue of under-representation generally but also provide a unique opportunity for an emerging writer to be published in one of the country’s most significant literary journals. The successful applicant will be supported by a guest editor who will work closely with them during all stages of the essay’s development.
Although only one CAL-Connections essay will be featured in each issue, a selection of applicants will also be invited to regularly contribute to the Overland blog. Participating in Overland’s online activities will provide an opportunity for ongoing support for contributors as they develop as writers while also allowing them to continue building a publishing profile.
We are currently seeking proposals from queer writers interested in participating in the first stage of the CAL-Connections project. Expressions of interest must be limited to one page and should contain a clear outline of the essay topic and general argument. Finished essays are to be between 3500–4000 words and must address topics appropriate to the project’s overall aims. CAL-Connections is providing an important opportunity for emerging writers to critically engage with issues ignored by the mainstream media. It is suggested that potential essayists read Overland to gain a sense of the kinds of topics and approaches that might be appropriate. The selected essayist will be paid $1500 and will be required to work closely with the contributing editor.
Expressions of interest must be received by 30 November and should be forwarded to John Marnell at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Successful applicants will be contacted in early December.
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