Meridian is a semiannual literary magazine produced at the University of Virginia.  Please see http://www.readmeridian.org for full information on submissions, contests, and staff.

Ends on March 1, 2017

We're waiving the entry fee for this contest - it's FREE to enter. However, in lieu of the contest fee, we'd like to gently suggest that you donate $5 or more to the International Rescue Committee, or an organization of your choice.

We believe that art is more necessary than ever, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to send yours our way.

Please read the following submission guidelines carefully before you submit:

PROSE submissions can be fiction or non-fiction and should not total more than 2,000 words. You may enter one piece or up to 3 shorter pieces in a single submission but the total word count for all 3 pieces should be no more than 2,000 words. All pieces should be contained within one document. 

Please do not put your name or other identifying information on your contest submission. The contest will be judged blind by the editors.

The closing date for entries is March 1st. The winners will be contacted shortly thereafter.

Other Eligibility Rules:

  • UVA undergraduate alumni who graduated after June 2011 are NOT eligible.
  • UVA MFA students and alumni are NOT eligible.
  • Current UVA students, staff, and faculty are NOT eligible.
  • Former Meridian staff are not eligible. (If you’ve ever been on our masthead, please don’t enter.)
  • Friends, relatives, and former teachers and students of current Meridian staff or its advisor are not eligible.
  • Our former Meridian Editors’ Prize winners are not eligible to enter, even if their win was in another genre.
  • Authors with two or more published books are not eligible. This does not include chapbook publication. This does include self-published books (If it’s been for sale and it was not a chapbook, it counts). You may enter our fiction contest if your published books were in poetry, and vice versa.

Ends on March 1, 2017

We're waiving the entry fee for this contest - it's FREE to enter. However, in lieu of the contest fee, we'd like to gently suggest that you donate $5 or more to the International Rescue Committee, or an organization of your choice.

We believe that art is more necessary than ever, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to send yours our way.

Please read the following submission guidelines carefully before you submit:

POETRY submissions should contain no more than 3 poems. All poems should be contained within one document.

Please do not put your name or other identifying information on your contest submission. The contest will be judged blind by the editors.

The closing date for entries is March 1st. The winners will be contacted shortly thereafter.

Other Eligibility Rules:

  • UVA undergraduate alumni who graduated after June 2011 are NOT eligible.
  • UVA MFA students and alumni are NOT eligible.
  • Current UVA students, staff, and faculty are NOT eligible.
  • Former Meridian staff are not eligible. (If you’ve ever been on our masthead, please don’t enter.)
  • Friends, relatives, and former teachers and students of current Meridian staff or its advisor are not eligible.
  • Our former Meridian Editors’ Prize winners are not eligible to enter, even if their win was in another genre.
  • Authors with two or more published books are not eligible. This does not include chapbook publication. This does include self-published books (If it’s been for sale and it was not a chapbook, it counts). You may enter our fiction contest if your published books were in poetry, and vice versa.

$3.00
$3.00
This submission pool is for our regular, year-round poetry submissions.  Please do not submit your work here if you intend to send it to our Editors' Prize competition.

Poetry submission for Meridian should contain up to five poems, be in one file, run fewer than ten total pages, and must be unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are welcomed so long as you withdraw them when accepted elsewhere. 
$3.00
$3.00
This submission pool is for our regular, year-round fiction submissions.  

Please do not submit your work here if you intend to send it to our Editors' Prize competition.


Stories for Meridian must be unpublished. While we welcome all submissions, please note that we rarely publish stories over 6,500 words. Simultaneous submissions are welcomed so long as you withdraw them when accepted elsewhere. Please send only one story per submission. 
$3.00
This submission pool is for our regular, year-round nonfiction submissions only.  

Work submitted to Meridian must be unpublished. While we welcome all submissions, please note that we rarely publish creative nonfiction pieces over 7,00 words. Simultaneous submissions are welcomed so long as you withdraw them when accepted elsewhere.

Please send only one story per submission.