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.

Ends on November 1, 2019$6.00

The Winner of the Meridian Short Prose Prize will receive $250.00 and publication both online and in our print magazine. Two Runners-Up will also be published in our print magazine, and all submissions will be considered for publication. 

Anything goes! Send us your  hybrid bits, lyric essaylets, prose poems, micro essays, flash fictions, short-short-stories...whatever you call it, we want to read your vibrant, electric writing. 

Writers may submit one piece of 1,000 words or fewer per submission. Do not submit previously published work. You may submit as many times as you like, but you may include only one piece per submission. 

Other Eligibility Rules: 

  • UVA undergraduate alumni who graduated after June 2015 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.

We can't wait to read your work! 

Ends on April 15, 2020

Meridian is currently considering submissions for both cover art and inserts. You may submit up to ten images at a time.

Our magazine is printed at a page size of 5 7/8″ wide by 8 7/8″ tall. We use .125″ bleeds. Artists must supply all artwork at 300 dpi resolution or higher. We typically work in an RGB color space. CMYK is usually acceptable.

Cover Art: Cover art that appears only on our front cover should measure at least 6.125″ wide and 9.125″ tall. Given 300 dpi resolution, that would mean a minimum pixel count of 1838 x 2728. Our covers are always portrait in orientation. It is possible to have cover art that runs landscape from spine to outside edge and measures 6.125″ wide (1838 pixels) but does not have enough height to run from top to bottom. We’ve used such images in the past … but find them a little awkward. An image that runs fully across the cover both horizontally and vertically is our preference. We work hard not to have our Meridian logo obscure important parts of the artwork, but cover artists should expect that our logo and issue number will appear on their artwork and look at past issues for typical layouts.

Wraparound Covers: Wraparound covers are usually our preference, but they are more difficult to measure in advance because we usually don’t know our spine width until quite late. However, a spine of .3″ is typical. This means a wraparound image needs to be at least 12.55″ wide and 9.12″ tall (3765 pixels wide x 2728 pixels tall). Having more available width is always good in case of a thick issue. We encourage artists NOT to submit artwork with elements that must fall exactly at edges or folds or other locations that will limit our flexibility at final layout.

Interior Art: Interior artwork typically only needs to bleed on the top, bottom, and outside edges, so 6″ wide x 9.125″ tall (1800 x 2738) is usually adequate. Landscape artwork is typically displayed on our portrait pages, and should be 6″ wide or 1800 pixels.

Ends on November 14, 2019$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. 
Ends on December 6, 2019$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 encouraged, but please 

Ends on December 6, 2019$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 7,000 words. Simultaneous submissions are welcomed, but please withdraw work accepted elsewhere. 

Please send only one story per submission.