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A note from our our outgoing editor


Dear friend,

When I started out as an intern at Overland a little over ten years ago, I thought, I’ve found my people: a community of writers and thinkers who would not be stopped from arguing about politics or making literature and culture more participatory and democratic.

I remember mistakes over the years – the errors that made it into print, despite the concerted effort (sorry Fredric Jameson et al) – disagreements about whether a work is finished (who even really knows when a work is finished!) … Mostly, I remember the thrill of collaborating with writers and editors and our volunteer readers on thousands of ideas and essays and arguments and editions and special issues.

I am proud that Overland is a publication that does not pander. We are vocal and necessary and argumentative. We’ll make you think, we’ll challenge you, we’ll move you – and in our pages you’ll read things you disagree with. As one subscriber wrote to us a while back, ‘Every now and then I want to throw Overland across the room – which I consider a brilliant thing.’

That’s how I think of Overland: writing you love and writing you hate, but above all, writing that you can’t live without.

Yours in solidarity,
Jacinda Woodhead

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

  • today’s Drunk Future prize (see below), sponsored by Good Pair Days, Ensemble Theatre, Crikey and publishers everywhere!
  • 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.


A note from our new co-editors


We’re living in strange and probably unprecedented times, and Overland continues to be vitally relevant in the era of fake news, post-truth, terminal capitalism. In recognition of that, we’re planning a special first issue dedicated to rethinking and reinventing what radicalism might mean today.

Over the course of 2020, we’re also looking to expand Overland’s online presence to publish considerably more fiction and poetry digitally.

Avenues for considered and longer critical work are growing increasingly scarce, so in addition to the essays published online and in print, we’re intending to commission one considered, long-form, critical essay per month, of roughly 5000 words. This project will run alongside a series of regular events, workshops, seminars, and mentoring programs intended to foster engaged and accessible critical thinking.

We’re going to continue and to extend Overland’s dual commitment to critical rigour and accessible community support and solidarity.

We can’t wait to work with you all.

– Evelyn Araluen & Jonathan Dunk.


Subscribe today to be in the running for the following prizes


Wednesday (13 Nov):
Drunk Future

(like Drunk History, but forward-looking)


One-year wine subscription to Good Pair Days (that’s three bottles of wine shipped to your door each month!)

Double pass to Ensemble Theatre’s Black Cockatoo

One-year subscription to Crikey

A bottle of Noisy Ritual 2018 Heathcote Shiraz

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

Some fantastic books:

The breeding season by Amanda Niehaus

The return by Philip Salom

Fortune by Lenny Bartulin

The time is now, Monica Sparrow by Matt Howard

I always find you John Ajvide Lindqvist

Storytime by Jane Sullivan

The Warming by Craig Ensor

Paris Savages by Katherine Johnson

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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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Jacinda Woodhead

Jacinda Woodhead is a former editor of Overland and current law student.

Editorial team

Evelyn Araluen

Evelyn Araluen is a poet, educator, and co-editor of Overland. Her Stella Prize winning book DROPBEAR was published by UQP in 2021. Born, raised, and writing in Dharug country, she is a Bundjalung descendant. She tweets at @evelynaraluen

Jonathan Dunk

Jonathan Dunk is the co-editor of Overland, and a widely published poet and scholar. He lives on Woi Wurrung country.

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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