Reason #1 to subscribe to Overland, or, an appeal from our poetry editor, Toby Fitch

If you subscribe to Overland you will be able to read, alongside all the great fiction and non-fiction we publish, a whole range of poetry10 pages per print issue of the latest work from some of the best poets, emerging and established, across Australia. This year saw outstanding new poems by Panda Wong, Heather Taylor Johnson, Josie/Jocelyn Suzanne, Jini Maxwell and Mitchell Welch, among many others, as well as the unmissable winner and runners up of the 2022 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize, Abbra Kotlarczyk, Yeena Kirkbright and Chris Brown.

We have also expanded our online Friday poem series by publishing some fantastic, often topical poems by the likes of joanne burns, Leni Shilton, Ouyang Yu, Jill Jones, Louis Armand, and the late Catherine Vidler, who passed away a few months ago (RIP), and whose visual poetry we were permitted to publish—a beautiful, previously unpublished “Chaingrass” poem beside two others we featured in 2016.

The Friday poem series continues today on the first day of Subscriberthon with “our neighbours poem”, by Ender Başkan. This prose poem, somewhat in the style of Ania Walwicz’s performance poems, is an expansive take on every aspect you might think of when considering the neighbourly, including various positive qualities that are so glaringly lacking, to put it mildly, in many nation states at present. 

There’s still one week to get your entries in for the 2023 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New & Emerging Poets, which will be judged by poets Autumn Royal (author of The Drama Student), Elena Gomez (author of Admit the Joyous Passion of Revolt), Andy Jackson (author of Human Looking, winner of the 2022 Prime Minister’s Literary Award and the ALS Gold Medal) and myself. Submit here by the end of Friday 10 November! And if you subscribe first, you can enter at a discount price. We’re looking forward to reading your poems.

I’m otherwise looking forward to publishing new poetry in the forthcoming issues of Overland, in which subscribers will get to read poems from the 2023 David Harold Tribe Poetry Award, a once-in-every-five-years prize out of the University of Sydney that is currently the richest for a single poem in Australia. We will publish the incredibly moving winning poem about the intergenerational traumas and ongoing resilience of Aboriginal women, “Water under the bridge”, by Wiradjuri writer Jeanine Leane, alongside some of the shortlisted poems, in issue 253. These are brilliant long poems not normally printed in literary journals, and the only way to be the first to read all this vital new poetic work is to subscribe!   

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


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A stunning original artwork (acrylic/oil on canvas) by Sofia Sabbagh, sponsored by the kind folk at CoPower.


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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).


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