The Overland 2010 Subscriberthon ends today. If you haven’t yet subscribed or resubscribed, please consider signing up.
Overland publishes fiction and non-fiction that you won’t read anywhere else. In an increasingly grim media landscape, Overland has kept the flame of radical culture alive for more than fifty years. But now — as in the past — that’s only possible because of the generosity of Overland subscribers.
Anyone who subscribes or resubscribes goes into the pool for a huge array of prizes: more than two hundred books, donated by over thirty Australia’s finest publishers. But there’s also special prizes for today only. They include:
The Monday Meanjin prize
A complete set of the 2010 Meanjin quarterly, which is just about to celebrate its 70th birthday. Their latest anniversary issue revisits Vance Palmer on going to war (1942), Jim Davidson interviewing Dorothy Hewett (1979), MJ Hyland (2004), Helen Garner (2002) and Elizabeth Jolley talking knickers (1987).
The Monday 50+ issues of Overland in sequential order prize
That’s right, a complete run of issues from 1967–1982. See what was happening in Australian culture and politics during those revolutionary decades.
What’s their story? A history of Australian words (Oxford University Press), Speaking our language: the story of Australian English (Oxford University Press), The Well in the Shadow (transit lounge), The Oxford Companion to Australian History (Oxford University Press) and a couple from Arcade Publications: Our Girls: Aussie pin-ups of the 40s and 50s and MacRobertsonland.
Chris Womersley’s Bereft, GL Osborne’s Come Inside, Patrick Holland’s The Mary Smokes Boys, Steve Holden’s Somebody to love, Belinda Jeffrey’s Big River Little Fish and The Sleepers Almanac No6.
A crate of wine from Platypus Gully. Made from MV6 and D5V12 vines planted from 1993 to 1996, the wine exhibits typical varietal nose with a deep crimson colour and fresh berry flavours. Coincidentally beautiful black cherries are grown in the region. The grapes were hand picked in March 2006, fermented in stainless steel vats and aged in new French oak for 18 months. It was bottled in January 2008 at 13.0%. The wine sells for $14 wholesale and $25 retail a bottle and is often seen in restaurants at $40 per bottle.
An Overland subscription does not cost much. At $54 (full) or $40 (conc), we’re the cheapest of all the major literary journals. But a subscription guarantees you a year’s worth of fine reading — and it keeps the Overland machine whirring for another twelve months. We thank you all for your support.