Reason #5 to subscribe, or, an appeal from our online editor, Giovanni Tiso

This year, like every year, we have planned for our Subscriberthon to serve as a sampler of what our online magazine has to offer.

We started off with a poem (by Ender Başkan) and a short story (by AZ Pascoe) chosen by indefatigable section editors Toby Fitch and Claire Corbett, as they do every third Friday to complement the offering of the print quarterly.

On Monday, we featured a wonderful set of dynamic maps on the lesbian, queer and feminist sport and fitness culture of 1970s and 1980s Sydney developed by Rosa Campbell for the State Library of NSW Pride Revolutions Exhibition of 2023, and that really show off the capabilities of our almost-brand-new website. To mark the occasion, Rosa wrote an original essay to accompany the work.

Yesterday, on what was unofficially Aotearoa day, Hana Pera Aoake gifted us with her formidable, intellectually generous review of Alice Te Punga Somerville’s poetry collection Always Italicise: how to write while colonised, while later today the great Sam Wallman will grace our pages with a new cartoon, as he does every month. This one is on the Semaphore Workers Club, and I couldn’t think of a more quintessential Sam-like topic.

On Friday, the perfect day for longreads, you really should try to come back to the site to read Andy Mason’s “thoughts on suburban political ecology from a landscaper who reads Marx,” which are exactly as great as they sound.

I said “this year, like every other year”—but 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, as well as respond to some of the criticism we have received. In the meantime, I want to express our deep gratitude to the writers and organisations who have trusted us with their words, and assure them that we don’t take this privilege lightly.

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


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 Salty Plums
    • 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


What’s in this prize?

    • A membership for MARION writers’ centre


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What’s in this prize?

    • 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


What’s in this prize?

    • An annual subscription to Voiceworks, plus back issues


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    • Triple R membership and merch pack


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