DAY SIX
Type
Announcement
Category
Subscriberthon 2018

The end of an era

It is with some sadness that we announce that our brilliant fiction editor of six years, Jennifer Mills, is moving on to other projects.

As many of you would know, Jen is wonderful to work with – she’s one of Australia’s leading writers, a visionary editor, and a generous colleague and mentor.

At Overland, we often ask ourselves questions like, what is the role fiction can play in the world? How can fiction still challenge? Jen has shepherded us through this terrain with her exemplary insight; as she wrote in her discussion with poetry editor Toby Fitch last year:

When I talk about political substance, I’m not talking about big themes, necessarily. I want to get a sense of the world, a sense of the story taking place in a complex moral universe … I don’t think a short story can get away with being polemical the way some poems can, but it can give you an experience of another life, another way of being. That moment where we recognise the personhood of a fictional character is always alchemical. If we see them as a person, then we have to test our own characters against theirs, in whatever situations they end up in. This can make us squirm, or cackle, or feel braver, or remember our flaws, or imagine a better world. Reading fiction deepens our moral universe, just as life does.

Writing and editing is absolutely a collective endeavour: fiction is impossible without the writers themselves, and Jen has always managed to make this a symbiotic process, and left many writers thankful for that.

Jen’s editorial processes and curation have shaped not just Overland, but Australian literature more broadly, and have influenced what other journals and houses publish, in the way that a good editor does.

One of the things we pride ourselves on in Jen’s work, and Overland’s work more broadly, is that we recognise the dominant influences in literature and we publish against them.

The prevailing ideas of who can make big-l literature are still white, male and middle-class. But Overland’s mission is to subvert the status quo; to carve room for literature that actually reflects contemporary writers, many of whom lack opportunities. This is why we ran (and hope to run again in future) our residency for women writers who are sole parents and our First Nations writing residency. It is also why it’s perfectly normal for us to publish editions that contain only women essayists.

We actively consider writing and the role that writing plays politically and culturally. And that’s why this Subscriberthon, to support women-identifying writers, we are offering a Major Prize specifically created for them: Rooms of one’s own, which aims to redress some of these imbalances by providing additional writing assistance, through a writing retreat, poetry workshop, copy of Scrivener writing software, and many other excellent things.

These projects are only possible with your support. Subscribe today if you think these projects are important, too.

 

By taking out, renewing or giving an Overland subscription today, you could win:

  • today’s Daily Prize (see below)
  • any of the four truly sensational Major Prizes (see below)
  • and/or one of our Regional Prizes, including a most excellent prize for our New Zealand subscribers
  • a good feeling about yourself – and the future of progressive literary culture

Remember: current subscribers can also take this opportunity to resubscribe and go into the draw – we’ll simply add another year your existing subscription. Did we mention that we have life subs, also?

Wednesday (14 Nov): I’m ready for my close-up

$100 Miss Gertrude Hairdressers voucher

Luxury pillowcase from Fictional Objects

One-year subscription to Crikey

Block of Loving Earth chocolate

Bottle of Noisy Ritual wine

Black Moleskine notebook

Copy Matters journal

A selection of Pan Macmillan children’s sticker books, in addition to ten amazing books:

– Close to Home Selected Writings by Alice Pung

– Man Out of Time by Stephanie Bishop

– Yummy Easy Quick by Matt Preston

– The Better Son by Katherine Johnson

– From the Wreck by Jane Rawson

– A Superior Spectre by Angela Meyer

– The Word by William Lane

– The uncollected plays of Shaun Micallef

– Hugh Stretton – Selected Writings

– First Person by Richard Flanagan

A Cordite collection

New limited edition Overland tote. With original intricate illustration of solidarity by cartoonist Sam Wallman

 

See our full list of Subscriberthon Prizes,
including these four Major Prizes

(anyone who subscribes, renews or donates by 16 November goes into the running for these)

Major Prize One: The apple of my eye

Three-day holiday in Lauceston, including:

– Tickets to Mona Foma (18–20 January 2019)
– Return flights (from anywhere in Australia)
– Two nights accommodation

3-month coffee subscription from Wide Open Road

Block of Loving Earth chocolate

2 x bottles of Noisy Ritual wine

Black Moleskine notebook

Pair of luxury pillowcases from Fictional Objects

Copy Matters journal

Better Read Than Dead book pack, including:

– One Hundred Years of Dirt by Rick Morton

– Pretend I’m Dead by Jen Beagin

– Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

– Sharp by Michelle Dean

– To Obama by Jeanne Marie Laskas

New limited edition Overland tote and t-shirt. With original intricate illustration of solidarity by cartoonist Sam Wallman

Major Prize Two: Rooms of one’s own
– a woman writer’s prize

The Billabong Writer’s Cottage

cottagebath (forsite) cottagekitchen (forsite) cottageensuite (forsite)

A one-week writing retreat at the Billabong Writer’s Cottage in Western Sydney. Think idyllic cottage,  stocked with essentials upon arrival – the perfect quiet place to work on your novel or collection! (Courtesy of Judyth Emanuel)

A poetry workshop for you and five members of your writing group/community; to be facilitated by Overland poetry editor Toby Fitch in Melbourne or Sydney in early 2019

Scrivener writing software – ‘everything you need to start writing and keep writing’

Pair of luxury pillowcases from Fictional Objects

Block of Loving Earth chocolate

Bottle Noisy Ritual wine

Black Moleskine notebook

Copy Matters journal

TLB pack, including back issues of The Lifted Brow, and the following Brow books:

– Balancing Acts: Women in Sport edited by Justin Wolfers with Erin Riley

– The Best of The Lifted Brow Volume 2

– Law School by Benjamin Law and Jenny Phang

The following books:

– The Bridge by Enza Gandolfo

– Rebellious Daughters edited by Maria Katsonis and Lee Kofman

– Man Out of Time by Stephanie Bishop

– The Dinosaur Artist by Paige Williams

– Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

– The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley

– A Girls’ Guide to Persona Hygiene by Tallulah Pomeroy

– See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

– Summer Fit All Year Round by Sally Fitzgibbons

– The Yoga Body by Lola Berry

– Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

– Melodrome by Marcelo Cohen

New limited edition Overland tote and t-shirt. With original intricate illustration of solidarity by cartoonist Sam Wallman

Major Prize Three: The future is already here
– and now evenly distributed

Oculus Go standalone VR headset

Google Home Hub (the new Google assistant/talking internet that comes with a screen)

12-month subscription to Humble Bundle Monthly (a curated selection of games emailed to you each month)

Block of Loving Earth chocolate

2 x bottles of Noisy Ritual wine

Black Moleskine notebook

Copy Matters journal

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

A selection of excellent books:

– Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

– Freeman’s Power by John Freeman (Ed.)

– See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

– Man Out of Time by Stephanie Bishop

– Less by Andrew Sean Greer

New limited edition Overland tote and t-shirt. With original intricate illustration of solidarity by cartoonist Sam Wallman

Major Prize Four: Drawing out the details

*canine not included

Physical, an original artwork by Laura Frances Wills (guest artist for Overland 229)

Digital sketch pad (specifically, a Wacom Intuos Small with Bluetooth)

A Frog Dog Studio shoot (worth $399). Includes 1 x pet photography session for up to two dogs of the same household and a 8 x 10 fine art print

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

Double pass La Mama Theatre with drinks

Block of Loving Earth chocolate

2 x bottles of Noisy Ritual wine

Black Moleskine notebook

Copy Matters journal

Gargouille issues 1–8 – The story so far

A selection of excellent books:

– A Girls’ Guide to Persona Hygiene by Tallulah Pomeroy

– Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

– I Think, Therefore I Draw by Daniel Klein & Thomas Cathcart

– The Dinosaur Artist by Paige Williams

– 1001 Whiskies You Must Try Before You Die by Dominic Roskrow

– Home – Drawings by Syrian Children edited by Ben Quilty

– Lonely Planet’s The Cities Book

– Lonely Planet’s Wild World

New limited edition Overland tote and t-shirt. With original intricate illustration of solidarity by cartoonist Sam Wallman

Need more Mountain Goat prize – includes voucher for Mountain Goat Brewery & Bar in Richmond (two pots, two sliders and one pizza) and six-pack of Summer Ale

 

Thanks to our Subscriberthon 2018 Friends and Sponsors
– we couldn’t do it without you <3

Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places.

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