2,020 reasons to subscribe to Overland


We’re impressed you’ve held out so long!

But today is the second-last day to subscribe to Overland and be in the running for prizes so incredible that you really must look at the full list to appreciate their spectacularness!

See our full list of incredible prizes


2,020 reasons to subscribe to Overland!


Because you want a future where Overland exists. As we explained earlier this week, due to arts cuts, we have to make up an $80,000 shortfall each year in order to keep doing all the things we do.


Because you’re switched on! (Did we mention that this year’s prizes include a VR headset, 12-month videogame subscription and an interactive pet camera with two-way audio?)


Because you long to switch off – today’s prize (below!) includes a spa package at the Peninsula Hot Springs and geothermal pool.


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.


Because you love poetry – 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 (they are the best!).


Because you’re dead-keen to read our first-rate fiction, curated by the brilliant Claire Corbett, with the help of a stalwart group of volunteer fiction readers (whom we appreciate enormously and could not live without!)


Because you like prizes (both literary competitions and the Subscriberthon kind).


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.


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.)


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.


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You are here, with a copy of Overland in your hand!


And soon you will be here, with four extra copies of Overland in your hand!


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

  • today’s Switch On prize (see below)!
  • any of the four outstanding Major Prizes
  • and/or one of our Regional Prizes – there’s one for each state and territory, and a most excellent prize for our New Zealand readers
  • 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 to your existing subscription.

If you support what we do and the literary spaces we make, subscribe.


Subscribe today to be in the running for the following prizes


Thursday (14 Nov):
Switch on


One midweek escape spa package at the Peninsula Hot Springs (VIC) – includes geothermal bathing and a 45-minute facial or massage

Two double passes to The Wheeler Centre’s ‘Show of the Year 2019’

A $50 voucher to spend at Mountain Goat Brewery

A $30 voucher to spend at the North Melbourne bookstore

Double-pass to La Mama Theatre – with drinks!

One ticket to the School of Life Social Event

A bottle of Noisy Ritual 2018 Heathcote Shiraz

One-year subscription to Crikey

Limited edition Overland t-shirt, with original intricate illustration of solidarity by cartoonist Sam Wallman

So many amazing books and periodicals!

Manmade wonders of the world foreword by Dan Cruickshank

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

A superior spectre by Angela Meyer

Close to home by Alice Pung

Freeman’s: California by John Freeman, Ed.

The house of Islam by Ed Husain

Diving into glass by Caro Llewellyn

Apparently by Joanne Burns

Sergius Seeks Bacchus by Norman Erikson Pasaribu

A copy of Westerly 64.1

Greetings from Bury Park Sarfraz Manzoor

Black Inc.’s Writers on Writers series:

Nam Le on David Malouf

Christos Tsiolkas on Patrick White

Ceridwen Dovey on JM Coetzee

Michelle de Kretser on Shirley Hazzard

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

(anyone who subscribes, renews or donates by 15 November goes into the running for these as well!)

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Major Prize One:
Brave New Wombat


One-week writing retreat at The Burrow at Wombat Bend in the Yarra Valley (includes seven nights accommodation in a beautiful cottage on a Land For Wildlife property, and breakfast provisions)
One-year subscription to Crikey
A bottle of Noisy Ritual 2018 Heathcote Shiraz
A Scribe fiction pack:
Fly already by Etgar Keret
Among the lost by Emiliano Monge
The near and far: volume 2 by David Carlin and Francesca Rendle-Short
Shoot through by JM Green
The eighth life by Nine Haratischvil

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Major Prize Two:
Station Adelaide


A weekend for two at the Adelaide Festival! Explore Adelaide Writers’ Week, the Adelaide Biennial, the Adelaide International (at the Samstag Museum), and A Doll’s House (in Rundle Mall). This prize includes:

– two flights from anywhere in Australia

– two nights accommodation in the heart of Adelaide

– the following performances at Adelaide Festival:

The Doctor

150 Psalms

Between Tiny Cities

The opening night concert

A bottle of Noisy Ritual 2018 Heathcote Shiraz

One-year subscription to Crikey

The Penguin Classics Book by Henry Eliot

A Text Classics pack:

Shooting star by Peter Temple

The women in black by Madeleine St John

The watch tower by Elizabeth Harrower

A dutiful daughter by Thomas Keneally

Fishing in the Styx by Ruth Park

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Major Prize Three:
Nineteen Eighty Meow!


Oculus Go standalone VR headset (allowing 3D experiences from your own living room)

Petcube Play – an interactive wifi pet camera that allows you to watch, talk to or play laser with your pet(s) when not at home

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

A digital literature workshop for you and five members of your writing group/community. To be facilitated by poet and programmer Benjamin Laird in early 2020 (note, can also be used for basic coding and/or creating a website)

A bottle of Noisy Ritual 2018 Heathcote Shiraz

One-year subscription to Crikey

A selection of excellent books:

Celestial bodies by Jokha Alharthi

Mr lear: a life of art and nonsense by Jenny Uglow

Edinburgh by Alexander Chee

Selected writings by George Seddon

Dry milk by Huo Yan

Outnumbered by David Sumpter

Everybody lies by Seth Stephends-Davidowitz

The shining wall by Melissa Ferguson

Betraying big brother by Hong Fincher

Salt by Bruce Pascoe

Secret by Brian Toohey

Spectacle: rare and astonishing photographs by National Geographic

Middle earth: journeys in myth and legend by Donato Giancola

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Major Prize Four:
Do androids dream of writing in Bali?

Important note: if you wish to go in the draw for this major prize,
please indicate as much in the ‘Notes’ section when you take out a subscription


A one-month writing and cultural immersion residency in Canggu, Bali through Global Hobo:

Learn the ropes of freelance writing while immersing yourself in Balinese culture. You’ll attend workshops on topics such as styles of writing, how to pitch and how to start your own publication. You’ll also be wrapping your tongue around the Indonesian language at esteemed local school Cinta Bahasa. This is an excellent opportunity for an aspiring writer looking to challenge themselves, experience Bali outside of the tourism vortex and build up their portfolio.

$300 contribution toward flights to and/or from the residency

A bottle of Noisy Ritual 2018 Heathcote Shiraz

One-year subscription to Crikey

A very exciting TLB pack, including current issue of The Lifted Brow and Blak Brow, and the following Brow books:

Balancing acts: women in sport

Lawschool by Benjamin and Jenny Phang

The best of the Lifted Brow Vol 2

Going postal: more than ‘yes’ or ‘no’


Take me to the subscription options at once!

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Editorial team

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