Reason #3 (and 4,5,6) to subscribe to Overland, in the words of …

Jumaana Abdu

Late Night Shopping was the first piece of writing I took seriously, and despite my being without any prior fiction publications or literature degree, Overland was generous and curious enough to take that work as seriously as I did. Though I find that piece distant from my work now, it is important that there are journals like Overland to invest in new and probing writers still trying their own voices on for size. It only takes one good strike of flint to set a writer going, and Overland’s commitment to those experimenting with a spark makes it a bright addition to Australia’s literary hearth.

Michael Winkler

Every long-term subscriber to a mainstream newspaper knows they are getting less news than ever before. News values are warped, there is stubborn asymmetry in the opinions that are foregrounded, and the realisation grows like summer corn that we are not being given access to what’s really going on.  

In the last year reading Overland I learned about waterways from Kim Kruger, climate emergency realities from Jeff Sparrow, rental injustice from Elias Greig, and the endless mysteries of humanity in fiction and poetry from Declan Fry and Sarah Walker and Wayne Marshall and Ender Baskan and – new to me; utterly astonishing – Saraid Taylor, and a dozen others. This is what’s really going on. This is stuff that matters.

With neoliberalism manifest at every level of government in this country; under a federal Labor government that positions itself to the right of the formerly reviled Fraser Coalition government on certain issues; while fascism and totalitarianism are again ascendant in many parts of the globe: Overland matters.

Laurie Steed

Overland is the beacon of hope, compassion and righteous anger that can and must symbolise the need for discussion, diversity, and political interrogation in contemporary Australia. As a reader and subscriber, it gives me hope, focus, and the odd necessary gut punch. As a writer, it sets the bar for my capabilities, encouraging me to be brave in what I write and challenging me to stay awake and alive, writing stories only I can write. It remains forever in pursuit of a kinder, more humanistic world, charting values well outside and far more significant than the commercial, the superficial, and the self-entitled. Overland is, and has always been, a place that reminds me of the power of purpose, passion, and an enlivened, invigorated community spirit.  

Ouyang Yu

A magazine is a writer’s storage of ammunition that helps cross-fertilisation and enhances mutual growth, a community of shared breaths alive with poetry, fiction, non-fiction and all the new abnormals of sub-genres. Overland is exactly that. If you don’t read it, you’ll miss something major. If you read it, then you know it is.

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

Today’s daily prize is …

What’s in this prize?

A 3-month subscription to Craftwork Roasting coffee (1kg/month)

A 1-year digital subscription to ABR

A collection of Affirm Press books, including:

  • The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
  • Cut by Susan White
  • The Cost of Labour by Natalie Kon-Yu
  • 537 Days of Winter by David Knoff
  • Other Houses by Paddy O’Reilly
  • Another Australia edited by Winnie Dunn
  • Gemini Falls by Sean Wilson
  • Every Version of You by Grace Chan
  • Time and Tide in Sarajevo by Bronwyn Birdsall
  • Weekends with Matt by Peter Coleman

A code for your own copy of Scrivener

A $30 voucher for Bookshop by Uro

Clothing the Gaps tote bag

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)


Editorial team

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