It’s Subscriberthon weekend! Reason #2 to subscribe, or, an appeal from our operations manager, Stephanie Holt

Subscribe to Overland and every few months a sweet little package of fiction and poetry, essays and critique will drop in your (real or electronic) mailbox. It might come in a plain enough envelope, but it’s dressed in beautiful cover art and spiced up with intriguing images and signature flair. Dip in slowly or whip through it quickly—either way you’ll end up with some great reading and plenty to think about.

Behind the scenes, we get to do both—spend time with each piece as it arrives and goes through the editing process, and read each issue as a whole as it gets closer to publication.

My first encounter tends to focus on the minutiae (“avant-garde” with a hyphen, and artefact with an “e”, “pièce de résistance” with the accents but “cafe” without, and is that cheeky homophone poetic wordplay, a deliberate pun or just a plain old misspelling?). The last read is a chance to savour the serendipity and surprises.

Different resonances will sound for every reader. A chance to look back over the last year reminds me of the explorations of language in #249: Bonnie Etherington losing hers in A Fried Egg in Space, Natalia Figueroa Barroso recovering hers in Mother Tongue, Avi Leibovitch’s talking cat in Ticket. In #251, some heavy-duty opening lines: “To be Indigenous is to share cascading crises with the earth” declares Hana Pera Aoake“the jumpers I lent never find their way back” writes Luoyang Chen.

Subscribe to Overland and support all those writers and so much more—the writers and artists whose work appears on Overland online, the aspiring editors and emerging writers who intern and volunteer with us, the activists and progressive organisations we platform, an online archive of almost seventy years’ worth of writing, each past issue a snapshot of the literary and cultural concerns of its day.

There’s no need to subscribe to Overland of course—there’s no paywall, and after a while what doesn’t start online will end up there. But wouldn’t you rather get in early with each new issue, and know you’re helping us keep all this happening while you’re at it?

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 drawsmajor prizes, daily prizes and regional prizesfor 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 subscriptionwhich includes four print issues, the daily online magazine, invitations to subscriber events, discounted entry to Overland competitions, and other opportunities and giveawaysis 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


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.” 


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).


A HUGE haul of House of Darwin goodies, the hottest 100% Indigenous owned, NT-based social enterprise around. This extra-special pack includes:

    • A pack of HOD stickers
    • A HOD stubby holder
    • A HOD enamel mug
    • A HOD Barra cap (coal)
    • A HOD ABC tea towel

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Regional prizes


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    • A membership for MARION writers’ centre


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    • A 1-year Meanjin subscription, plus a pack of back issues, and a Meanjin tote bag
    • UQP book pack of recent and newly-released titles


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    • An annual subscription to Voiceworks, plus back issues


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    • Triple R membership and merch pack


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