On the second-last day of Subscriberthon, our favourite editor-duo give you reason #1002 to subscribe to Overland

Greetings friends, comrades, and our many enemies. 

We write to you from a state of proud exhaustion. When we took up the reins at Overland just before the pandemic we had no way of knowing the challenge we’d be up for over the next two years. Mobilised by the alignment of that year’s dismal failure of an election and the catastrophic bushfires tearing through the country, we approached our tenure in a spirit of vehement frustration. 

While we greeted Morrison’s departure with relief, and not a little glee, Labor’s recent budget continues the ingrained vandalism of Australia’s beleaguered arts sector, and demonstrates yet again that the strength of the arts must arise from our collective solidarity, and our capacity to unite, advocate, and allow suffering to speak against the stultifying drone of neoliberal discourse, and the rising threat of fascism in our local and global communities. 

Overland is proud to continue its long history of resistance and critique in spite of these challenges. Over the coming months, amidst other exciting announcements, we will be uploading our digital archive of 68 years of print publishing, with new works which will speak to and engage with this radical history. These archives are rich with polemics and long-forgotten debates in writing, publishing and the left, and offer witness to the passing of history. As we approach 70 years of publishing, we are eager to share these with you, and draw from these collective memories to think towards the radical possibilities for the future. 

Subscribing to Overland is a small but direct way of supporting that future, and an act of solidarity with a community of readers and writers who hope for it.

In solidarity,

Jonathan and Evelyn

FYI: The Judith Wright Poetry Prize and Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize are closing soon

Need even more reasons to subscribe? Our Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize and Judith Wright Poetry Prize subs are only $56, which means writers get a discounted subscription (4 issues) to Overland, plus entry into the prize of their choice! Entries close November 14.

How does Subscriberthon work?

If you support the literary pages and spaces we make, show us by subscribing, renewing or donating during this one very important week.

Anyone who subscribes, renews or donates by Friday 11 November goes into the running for three truly astounding prize draws – the major prize draw, the daily prize draw and the regional prize draw!

An annual subscription – which includes four print issues, the daily online magazine, invitations to subscriber events, discounted entry to Overland competitions, and other opportunities and giveaways – is just $60 full and $45 students/unwaged.

Speaking of prizes, we are extremely thankful to our generous friends and supporters who made this year’s Subscriberthon possible! Read about them and their work here.


Major prizes


What’s in this major prize?

The Pentax PC-55 35mm Point and Shoot Camera + 35mm film from FilmNeverDie


What’s in this major prize?

A Jordaan Step Through Bike from Lekker Bikes

The Thursday Prize: 10 November

What’s in this prize?

A collection of titles from Brio Books, including:

  • Listurbia by Carly Capielli
  • Late Sonata by Bryan Walpert
  • Water Music by Christine Balint
  • Every Day is Gertie Day by Helen Meany
  • A History of Dreams by Jane Rawson
  • The Orphancorp Trilogy by Marlee Jane Ward

A stack of Rabbit back issues

A bottle of Monceau non-alcoholic pet nat

A $30 voucher for Bookshop by Uro

Three A4 and A3 prints from Vietnamese-Australian print artist Hop Dac

A stack of back issues from Aniko Press

Clothing the Gaps reusable coffee cup

Regional prizes


What’s in this prize?

A $50 voucher for The Book Cow bookshop

A 1-year membership for ACT Writers Centre

A selection of titles from Ultimo Press, including:

  • Cold Coast by Robyn Mundy
  • In the Time of the Manaroans by Miro Bilbrough
  • Home and Other Hiding Places by Jack Ellis
  • My Heart is a Little Wild Thing by Nigel Featherstone
  • Pain and Privilege by Sophie Smith
  • Brother Alive by Zain Khalid
  • My Friend Fox by Heidi Everett
  • When Things are Alive They Hum by Hannah Bent
  • Love & Virtue by Diana Reid
  • Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens by Shankari Chandran
  • Found, Wanting by Natasha Sholl
  • A Kind of Magic, by Anna Spargo-Ryan

A collection of Giramondo titles, including:

  • Sun Music by Judith Beveridge
  • The Dancer by Evelyn Juers
  • Bon and Lesley by Shaun Prescott
  • How to Be Between by Bastian Fox Phelan


What’s in this prize?

Three wheel-thrown-pottery classes and one practice session to learn throwing, trimming and glazing clay
at The Pottery Shed

A 1-year membership for Writing NSW

1 bottle of Noisy Ritual wine

A $30 voucher for Bookshop by Uro

A pack of great books, including:

  • What the Fuck Is This by Celeste Mountjoy (Pan Macmillan)
  • What Fear Was by Ben Walter (Puncher and Wattmann)
  • Iris by Fiona Kelly McGregor (Picador Australia)
  • Enclave by Claire G. Coleman (Hachette)


What’s in this prize?

A $150 voucher for Red Kangaroo Books

A 1-year membership to NT Writers Centre

A collection of UQP titles, including:

  • Tell Me Again, by Amy Thunig
  • Desi Girl, by Sarah Malik
  • True Friends, by Patti Miller
  • Here Be Leviathans, by Chris Flynn
  • Bone Memories, by Sally Piper

A Clothing the Gaps reusable coffee cup and stickers

An Overland t-shirt

A bottle of Monceau non-alcoholic pet nat


What’s in this prize?

A 1-year membership for Queensland Writers Centre

1 bottle of Noisy Ritual wine

A $30 voucher for Bookshop by Uro

Clothing the Gaps stickers and book

A copy of Groundswell, edited by Toby Fitch


What’s in this prize?

1 bottle of Noisy Ritual wine

A 1-year membership to Writers SA

A collection of titles from Transit Lounge, including:

  • T by Alan Fyfe
  • Sweeny and the Bicycle by Philip Salmon
  • Revenge: Murder in Three Parts by S. L. Lim
  • Telltale by Carmel Bird
  • Tokyo Midnight by Kip Scott
  • Night Blue by Angela O’Keeffe
  • The Stoning by Peter Papathanasiou
  • Hydra by Adriane Howell
  • Moon Sugar by Angela Meyers
  • The Signal Line by Brendan Colley

A $30 voucher for Matilda Bookshop

An Overland t-shirt


What’s in this prize?

A 1-year membership for Tasmanian Writers Centre

A $100 voucher for Du Cane Brewing co.

A 1-year subscription to Island magazine

A $50 voucher for Hobart Bookshop

A copy of Groundswell, edited by Toby Fitch

Clothing the Gap stickers

1 bottle of Noisy Ritual wine


What’s in this prize?

3 x $125 vouchers for ClayTalk (Montsalvat) ‘clay taster’ pottery classes

 $500 worth of home energy efficiency advice and improvements from CoPower

A $50 voucher for Hill of Content Bookshop

A $30 voucher for North Melbourne Books

A $30 voucher for Bookshop by Uro

A 1-year membership for Writers Victoria

1 bottle of Noisy Ritual wine

A bottle of Monceau non-alcoholic pet nat

A copy of Groundswell, edited by Toby Fitch


What’s in this prize?

A collection of titles from Fremantle Press, including:

  • Paradise (Point of Transmission) by Andrew Sutherland
  • Blue Wren by Bron Bateman
  • Second Fleet Baby by Nadia Rhook
  • Minds Went Walking: Paul Kelly Songs Reimagined curated by Mark Smith, Neil A White and Jock Serong
  • Try Not to Think of a Pink Elephant: Stories of OCD by Martin Ingle
  • The Glass House by Brooke Dunnell
  • Eye of a Rook by Josephine Taylor

A 1-year subscription to Westerly

A $30 voucher for Bookshop by Uro

A bottle of Monceau non-alcoholic pet nat

An Overland t-shirt


What’s in this prize?

A $25 Unity Books voucher

An Introduction to Creative Course Online (6-week course) with a personal one-on-one tutor from The Creative Hub, valued at $NZ 496

A 10-trip pass to Auckland Writers Festival ’23 (Digital)


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

If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate.

Related articles & Essays