Meridian is a semiannual 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.
However, as a magazine edited by young writers, we value nothing more than showcasing tomorrow’s talent, often publishing a new author’s first story or poem. So don’t let the big names fool you. We welcome–and carefully read–every submission we receive.
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.
Editor: Emily Lawson
Fiction Editor: Suzie Eckl
Nonfiction Editor: Jessica Walker
Poetry Editor: Caleb Nolen
Like at most MFA-edited journals, Meridian staff work only on a part-time basis. We make every effort to respond to inquiries in a timely manner, but there is sometimes a lag due to other academic and teaching responsibilities. Our office is generally closed May 5 through August 15 of each year.
After we publish poetry or prose in Meridian, all rights revert to our authors. If you wish to reprint, repost, or redistribute their work in any form, it is your responsibility to contact the writer and secure permission.