Spring 2017 Themed Contest—Borders


Starting on February 1st, 2017, we will accept contest submissions that address the theme of Borders. How you interpret that theme is up to you. We’ll choose a winner in poetry and prose and those winners will each receive $200 and be featured in issue 39 of Meridian. Runners up will also have their work considered for publication.

Here’s the twist: We’re waiving the entry fee for this contest – it’s FREE to enter. However, before you send us your work, 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, make your donation, and then go to Submittable to send us your work.

Deadline: March 1, 2017

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

PROSE submissions can be fiction or nonfiction 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 three pieces should be no more than 2,000 words. All pieces should be contained within one document.

And, as you might expect, all work submitted, whether poetry or prose, must be unpublished. It can be under consideration at other journals and contests.

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 editors and 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.
  • Authors with two or more published books are not eligible. This does not include chapbook publication. This does include self-published books that have been sold commercially (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.


We are not running our traditional Editors’ Prize competitions this year. Please consider entering our themed contest instead.