Published 10 November 202311 November 2023 · Subscriberthon 2023 / Main Posts On the final day of Subscriberthon, Overland’s most important members get to have their say Editorial Team BORIS A quick guide to another year of Overland, from your trusty feline, Boris. I liked the ginger cat story, though it made my human cry. I liked the talking cat, too, but I’m definitely in the “not wasting my time learning to talk” camp. But reading is good. And writing is fun, though it’s been challenging to conceal my self-paced learning as random tromping on my human underlings’ keyboards. Silly things—they act annoyed at the pretty patterns I make, but then “punish” me by topping up my snack bowl or putting me on their lap for a serious patting. Anyway, I’ve snuck on here to send you all a message: subscribe to Overland! It’s nice for us cats to sit on, it’s nice for us cats to look at, and if you leave it open for us, you might be surprised how much we enjoy reading it. Now, if I can just manage the send key … —Boris ROCKET I think I’ve mentioned before my hatred of all couriers, posties and Uber Eats deliverers. The most hated of them all is the postie on the bright yellow quad bike. That’s right—bright fluorescent yellow! No matter what, we never let any of them through the front door. But I have found, that if I bark at them enough, they will drop an Overland magazine on our door stop. I carry it to my owner, get a treat for my good work and everything is right with the world. So, if you have a dog, you need to subscribe to Overland. Treats on delivery assured for your dog and a barking good read for you. Neither you nor your dog will be disappointed and, if you win a prize, treats all round when the postie delivers. Love Rocket xxx P.S. If you don’t have a dog, get one. DINGO Oh hey! You have a job for me? I love jobs! I’m so good at all of them! Oh man, you still need me to sell Overland for you? That’s your job, Mum! I’m a teenager now, I want a real job, like chasing after those white fluffy things or those big mooing things, not enabling your misplaced millennial urge to cutify all your adult responsibilities! Well, can I sniff the editions then? I really like that fresh paper smell—should I do some quality control and check if each copy has it before we send them out? What about deliveries? I bet I could run faster than the postie (I’ve tried). You’re always talking about needing to chase up commissions. Can I chase them? Oh, you just need me to sit still and look cute for a photo? Typical. I’ll be speaking with my union rep about this, Mum. —Dingo If you support the rich literature, poetry and essays in our (online and print) pages, show us by subscribing, renewing or donating during this one very important week. Anyone who subscribes, renews, donates or gives a gift subscription until midnight Friday 10 November goes into three prize draws—major prizes, daily prizes and regional prizes—for the chance to win some very cool prizes (our coolest yet). You also get a year’s worth of great poetry, essays and literature to look forward to! 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 $70 full and $50 students/unwaged. We also have a $50 digital subscription, for those of you running out of space on your bookshelf! 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 MAJOR PRIZE ONE What’s in this major prize? A stunning original artwork by Sofia Sabbagh, sponsored by the kind folk at CoPower: Snow Gums on Mt Bogong, October 2023. Oil and acrylic on canvas. 452 x 594 mm. “This work is inspired by the snow gums on Mt Bogong, where I supported the research into the decline of bogong moths/debera on Taungerong and Yaithmatang Country. While bogong moths are a migratory, ephemeral keystone species in the ecosystem, snow gums are there all year round, glowing in the wildflower heathland and supporting the colourful community of plants, animals and humans. It is with grief that I paint the alpine region, knowing it is one of the communities most threatened by climate induced catastrophes.” MAJOR PRIZE TWO What’s in this major prize? A double pass to each of La Mama’s primary season shows in 2023/24, plus 2 x drink tickets per show and the La Mama book (MUP). MAJOR PRIZE THREE A HUGE haul of House of Darwin goodies, the hottest 100% Indigenous owned, NT-based social enterprise around. This extra-special pack includes: A limited edition skateboard deck, sporting the original design of NT artist Ray Mudjundi A pack of Salty Plums A Laundry Gallery weaving kit A pack of HOD stickers A HOD stubby holder A HOD enamel mug A HOD Barra cap (coal) A HOD ABC tea towel Today’s daily prize is … What’s in this prize? A $395 Clay Talk gift voucher (the value of one full term of wheel-throwing classes) A $100 Noisy Ritual voucher A $200 voucher to The Moat restaurant A Montsalvat artists’ colony membership A 3-month WellRead book subscription A 3-month coffee subscription from Five Senses A $30 Bookshop by Uro voucher Regional prizes AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY What’s in this prize? An annual subscription to Westerly magazine An annual subscription to HEAT magazine A $100 voucher for Noisy Ritual wines A $30 voucher for Bookshop by Uro A membership for MARION writers’ centre NEW SOUTH WALES What’s in this prize? 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A $100 voucher to Du Cane Brewing A 3-issue subscription to Island magazine A print subscription to Australian Poetry Journal A $30 voucher to Bookshop by Uro VICTORIA What’s in this prize? A double pass to see Caroline Polachek at The Capitol, thanks to the Wheeler Centre A $30 voucher to North Melbourne Books A membership for Writers Victoria, plus issues of The Victorian Writer A Triple R membership and merch pack A $100 voucher for Noisy Ritual wines A $30 voucher to Bookshop by Uro WESTERN AUSTRALIA What’s in this prize? A book pack from Fremantle Press A subscription to Westerly magazine A poetry book pack from Upswell A $30 voucher to Bookshop by Uro TAKE ME TO THE SUBSCRIPTION OPTIONS Editorial Team . More by Editorial Team › 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 1 First published in Overland Issue 228 9 November 20239 November 2023 · Subscriberthon 2023 On the second-last day of Subscriberthon, Overland’s co-chief editor Evelyn Araluen speaks truth to power Editorial Team To my friends and comrades, I’m not sure if there’s language to communicate how this last month has utterly changed me. This time a few weeks ago the busyness and chaos of bricolage arts and academic labour had so efficiently distracted me from my anxiety about the upcoming referendum that I forgot to prepare myself for its inevitable conclusion. First published in Overland Issue 228 8 November 20238 November 2023 · Subscriberthon 2023 Reason #5 to subscribe, or, an appeal from our online editor, Giovanni Tiso Editorial Team This year is not like every other year. Our schedule over the past month has been taken over by essays and public statements on Palestine and Gaza. Tomorrow, our chief editors Evelyn Araluen and Jonathan Dunk will give an account of the politics that ground our solidarity for the Palestinian cause. In the meantime, I want to express our deep gratitude to those have trusted us with their words, and assure them that we don’t take this privilege lightly.