Meridian is a literary magazine produced at the University  of Virginia in conjunction with the University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Founded in 1998, Meridian has featured the works of numerous  Pulitzer Prize Winners, National Book Award Winners, and established  writers including Charles Wright, Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakaa, Seamus  Heaney, Ann Beattie, George Garrett,  Bonnie Jo Campbell, Cathy Song, and Eric Pankey. Meridian poetry and prose has appeared in Best American Poetry, Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, the Pushcart Prize anthology, and New Stories from the South.  We welcome--and carefully read--all submissions. We value nothing more than showcasing tomorrow's talent.

Please see for full information on submissions, contests, and staff. Full Best New Poets eligibility rules appear at

Best New Poets contributors with an existing magazine or program nomination should contact the series editor at for directions on how to send in those nominated poems.

We are thrilled to share our literary journal with you! Nothing makes us happier than getting the work of fantastic emerging and established writers into the hands of readers nationwide. 

We are now offering one-year subscription sign-ups on the Submittable platform to make things as easy as possible for you. That said, you may alternatively subscribe directly through the University of Virginia website here: By subscribing to the University of Virginia website, the entirety of your subscription fee will go to our publication, without any processing fees. Your subscription will help our small, student-run literary journal to continue to thrive. 

Please note that Meridian is an annual publication. We print one beautiful issue a year, usually in early March. 

For now, we can only mail our print publication to addresses in the United States. If you are interested in subscribing to our publication but have an international address, please reach out to us directly at meridianuva [at] gmail [dot] com, and we'll see what we can do.