Anyone who subscribes, resubscribes or donates over the next week goes into the draw to win some spectacular prizes, including holidays, bikes, Nintendos, original artworks, locally roasted coffee, wine, cartooning workshops – and piles of books and subscriptions.

Okay, we decided to narrow it down from 1,917 reasons to simply the top 17!

  1. Because you love to read.
  2. Because of our commitment to offering significant support to underrepresented writers, as evidenced by our writing residencies.
  3. Because you’re switched on! (Did we mention that this year’s prizes include a Nintendo Switch and Mario game?)
  4. Because you like literary experimentation, such as the opportunity to re-edit Frank Moorhouse’s first published short story, or our Literary Pong (about to drop)!
  5. Because poetry is central to Overland – it always has been. Overland is proud to foster a broad poetry community, one that embraces different styles, aesthetics and expression, led by the indefatigable Toby Fitch, with the help of a dedicated group of volunteer poetry readers (whom we appreciate enormously).
  6. Because you’re a writer, and we provide many opportunities to publish, are committed to paying all of our contributors, and offer considerable financial support of writers through our literary prizes.
  7. Because you want to be cool at parties. Seriously, even just talking about one piece from our current edition will make you 1917% cooler.
  8. Because you want a thriving literary culture. You might even consider taking out one of our joint subscriptions with Southerly, Meanjin, The Lifted Brow, Island, ABR, Griffith Review or Westerly. You’ll be supporting Overland and another excellent Australian publication.
  9. Because we publish first-rate fiction, curated by one of Australia’s leading writers and editors, Jennifer Mills.
  10. Because you’re into recycling! (Did we mention that this year’s prize includes a bike?)
  11. Because we support underrepresented writers. We believe publishing perspectives typically excluded from the dominant culture is an important political project. We believe that culture without this rich tapestry of narratives and poetic engagements is bankrupt.
  12. Because you like our substantive, thought-provoking literary and political essays that examine alternatives to the current state of the world, which can often feel overwhelming.
  13. Because you like prizes (both literary competitions and the Subscriberthon kind).
  14. Because you want to stay cool this summer – a copy of Overland can literally be used as a hand fan!
  15. Because you want to be engaged in culture, politics and contemporary debate. You want to know what other people think about the world, hear other perspectives and ideas, and expand your horizons.
  16. Because you’ll have something else to throw at people when they say print and/or literature is dead. (Note that we don’t endorse literally throwing copies at anyone.)
  17. Because you read the journal, online or in print. We believe that literature is something that should be accessed by all – that’s why we publish all our material online for free. If you support that idea and can afford it, support Overland by taking out a subscription. Not only will you get four excellent editions and be supporting all of the above, you’ll also be helping people who can’t afford it to maintain their access to Overland.

If you support what we do and the literary spaces we make,
(re)subscribe today
to be in the running for the following prizes:

Day Five: Perfect prose and poetry


1 x 2018 Pilot diary

$50 Mountain Goat voucher

$50 Better Read Than Dead voucher

One-year subscription to Australian Poetry

The following acclaimed literary titles:

  • Passage Kate Middleton
  • The Honeymoon Stage Oscar Schwartz
  • Lunar Inheritance Lachlan Brown
  • Inside my Mother by Ali Cobby Echermann
  • The tiny museums Carolyn Abbs
  • The green bell Paula Keogh
  • No more boats Felicity Castagna
  • Their brilliant careers Ryan O’Neill
  • Our man elsewhere Thorton McCamish
  • Black rock white city AS Patrić
  • Extinctions Josephine Wilson

Padre coffee (500 grams) and Devouring Melbourne by Monique Bayer

1 x Loving Earth Turkishly Delightful chocolate

1 x double pass to The killing of a sacred deer

Dumbo Feather pack of 4 (issues 49–52)

1 x Black Inc. Tote Bag

See the full list of Subscriberthon Prizes for 2017, including these Major Prizes:

Major Prize 1: Books and the Bay

Major Prize 1

Three-day holiday in Byron Bay, including:

– Tickets to the 2018 Byron Writers Festival
– Return flights (from anywhere in Australia)
– Two nights accommodation

3-month coffee subscription from Wide Open Road

Full collection of Cordite Books, Series One (2015–2016) and Series Two (2016–2017)

1 x block of Loving Earth mint chocolate

1 x bottle of Noisy Ritual 2016 Great Western Shiraz

1 x bottle of Noisy Ritual 2017 King Valley Pinot Gris

1 x double pass to The killing of a sacred deer

1 x Scribe pack, including:

  • The road to ruin by Niki Savva
  • Familiar things by Hwang Sok-Yong
  • The show by Mark Aarons with John Grenville
  • In the land of Giants by Gabi Martinez
  • The family by Chris Johnston and Rosie Jones
  • The summer that melted everything by Tiffany McDaniel
  • The sleep solution by W Chris Winter
  • The science of appearances by Jacinta Halloran
  • Inglorious Empire by Sashi Tharoor
  • The secret code-breakers of central bureau by David Duffy

Major Prize 2: Emerging artist’s bike camp



1 x Overland cartooning workshop for you and four members of your writing group/community; to be facilitated by Overland contributor Sam Wallman in Melbourne in early 2018

1 x short story critique from Overland fiction editor Jennifer Mills

1 x Reid White Harrier Fixed wheel bike

1 x Text classic pack, including a Text tote bag, Text Classics 100 Postcards, and these ten books:

  • The getting of wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson
  • Dog boy by Eva Hornung
  • They’re a weird mob by Nino Culotta
  • Death in Brunswick by Boyd Oxlade
  • I for Isobel by Amy Witting
  • Madame midas by Fergus Hume
  • The women in black by Madeline St John
  • Me and Mr Booker by Cory Taylor
  • Cosmo Cosmolino by Helen Garner
  • Came Back to Show You I Could Fly by Robin Klein
  • 1 x block of Loving Earth mylk chocolate

One-year subscription to Voiceworks

Going Down Swinging issues 37 and 38

1 x 2018 Pilot diary

1 x awesome TLB pack, including:

  • The Town Shaun Prescott
  • The island will sink Briohny Doyle
  • Law school Benjamin Law and Jenny Phang
  • 2 x t-shirts
  • 5 x The Lifted Brow back issues 30–34

1 x double pass to The killing of a sacred deer

Major Prize 3: 2D or not 2D

(aka Screen dreams and painted scenes)

*canine not included

major-prize-3-copy copy

1 x Neon Nintendo Switch

1 x Switch game: Mario and Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Nicky Minus original artwork (cover from Overland 226)

1 x Cinema Nova silver pass – three months of films for you and a friend! (Don’t reside in Melbourne? That’s okay, you can pass this one onto a lucky friend/loved one)

1 x double mini-membership to Cinémathèque (Don’t reside in Melbourne? See above)

1 x Frog Dog Studio shoot voucher (worth $399); includes 1 pet photography sessions for two dogs from the same household and a 8×10 fine art print

1 x double pass to The killing of a sacred deer

1 x block of Loving Earth hazelnut chocolate

Bee workshop and book

1 x $30 North Melbourne Books voucher

Black Inc. tote bag

1 x pack of some fine Madman entertainment:

  • Mountain by the Australian Chamber Orchestra
  • Donnie Darko
  • The Congress
  • The Trip to Italy
  • This is England ‘88
  • Secrets and Lies
  • Deep Water
  • Still Life
  • Haemoo 
  • Regular Show 
  • The Hunter

1 x La Mama double pass and drink vouchers

1 x 2018 Pilot diary

1 x Scribe pack, including:

  • Watching out by Julian Burnside
  • Position doubtful by Kim Mahood
  • The heart tastes bitter by Victor del Arbol
  • The show by Mark Aarons with John Grenville
  • Client earth by James Thornton and Martin Goodman
  • The summer that melted everything by Tiffany McDaniel
  • The secret code-breakers of central bureau by David Duffy
  • The family by Chris Johnston and Rosie Jones
  • Gravity well by Melanie Joosten

Take me to the subscriptions page at once!



*Many thanks to the friends and supporters of
Overland’s 2017 Subscriberthon!

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