Meridian is an annual literary magazine produced at the University of Virginia in conjunction with the university’s MFA in Creative Writing Program, whose students serve as the magazine’s editors.

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, Heather McHugh, Richard Bausch, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Cathy Song, and Eric Pankey.

But don’t let the big names fool you. As a magazine edited by early career writers, we value nothing more than showcasing tomorrow’s talent, often publishing a new author’s first story or poem. We welcome and carefully read every submission that comes our way.

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. Our stories have also been short-listed for the O. Henry Prize, and our fine authors and poets have gone on to win many awards.

Meridian also features regular author interviews, book reviews, photography, and artwork. The magazine’s current print run is about 300 issues, with an additional 2,000 people receiving an ePub version of the magazine.

***Until 3/8/21, we are partnering with Salt Hill Journal to offer a subscription bundle of $20! Visit to subscribe at this special price!***

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.