From the archives | Subscriberthon 2021

As one of the nation’s oldest progressive literary institutions, Overland has been part of the intellectual and creative fabric and output of Melbourne for over half a century. Overland was first established in 1954, under the auspices of the Realist Writers Group in Melbourne, with Melbournian writer and activist Stephen Murray-Smith as the first editor-in-chief. In Overland’s first edition, Murray-Smith wrote that the journal would always endeavour to publish poetry and short stories, articles and criticism by new and by established writers. He wrote that “It will aim high … [but] will make a special point of developing writing talent in people of diverse backgrounds.” Today, Overland champions aesthetic excellence, fosters debate, and encourages new writers to reach their greatest potential.

Over the last year we’ve been working with researcher Sam Ryan on archiving this 67-year history of radical writing, and are proud to announce that from next year we’ll be providing free digital access to our entire back catalogue, supported by a shiny new website, launching soon. Over the next few months you’ll be able to read new writing responding to this history from leading Melbourne voices such as Tony Birch, Alison Croggon, Leah Jing, Justin Clemens and more. Subscribe to our print journal for first access to these incredible stories and our upcoming archive series.



Today’s prize:

A Fresh Start


Two fresh fruit and veg box from The Flying Zucchinis, delivered to your door!

A delicious Mabu Mabu gift hamper including: 

Organic Bush Tomato

Organic Sriracha sauce

Lemon Myrtle spice

Wattleseed spice

Kakadu Plum Co. Dark Chocolate

A bottle of Noisy Ritual Geelong Pinot

A collection of Magabala titles including the following:

Homecoming by Elfie Shiosaki

Guwayu-For All Times A Collection of First Nations Poems commissioned by Red Room Press, edited by Jeanine Leane

God, the Devil and Me by Alf Taylor

Clothing the Gaps sticker pack

Major prizes


Major Prize One
Record Rewind


What’s in this major prize?

An absolutely state-of-the-art Audiotechnica turntable from Vinyl Revival

A $50 Vinyl Revival voucher 

A mind-blowing vinyl and beer pairing from Funky Duck Vinyl:

Both Sides of the Sky (Beach Boys) + Blackbilly Sangiovese 

3 x $30Bookshop by Uro vouchers to

Clothing the Gaps sticker pack

✎ ✐

Major Prize Two
Next Big Adventure

What’s in this major prize?

A vintage Yashica point-and-shoot camera from Film Never Die.

5 rolls of Ultramax 400 35mm film

A two-year international subscription to adventure travel magazine Overland Journal

A beautiful ‘Coral’ archival pigment print by Matt Chun

Clothing the Gaps sticker pack

Take me to the subscription options at once!


Read all about our incredible sponsors here!

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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