Published 4 November 20234 November 2023 · Subscriberthon 2023 It’s Subscriberthon weekend! Reason #2 to subscribe, or, an appeal from our operations manager, Stephanie Holt Editorial Team 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. 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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? The latest issue of Aniko magazine A two-for-one voucher to a That Paper Joint workshop A copy of Scrivener, “the go-to app for writers” A $50 voucher for Paperback Bookshop A subscription to Rabbit poetry journal A pack of House of Darwin stickers 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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