Contests

Meridian Editors’ Prizes

Open November 1 – December 15

 

MERIDIAN EDITORS’ PRIZES IN POETRY & PROSE

The winner of our annual Editors’ Prizes in Poetry and Prose will each receive $1,000 and publication. Winners will be announced in January.

Please do not put your name on the submissions or in the file name. We read these submissions blind.

Prose writers may submit one story or essay of 5,000 words or fewer in each submission. Poets may submit up to four poems that do not exceed ten total pages; please put all the poems in one document. No previously published work, including self-published work, will be accepted.

You may submit a maximum of two entries per genre.

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Other Eligibility Rules:

  • UVA undergraduate alumni who graduated after June 2016 are NOT eligible.
  • UVA MFA students, UVA MFA alumni, and former Meridian staff are NOT eligible.
  • Current UVA students, staff, and faculty are NOT eligible.
  • 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, even if their win was in another genre.
  • Authors with two or more published books are not eligible. This does NOT include chapbook publication but does include self-published books. (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.


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Meridian Short Prose Prize

Open July 1- August 31

 

MERIDIAN SHORT PROSE PRIZE

Submission Period: July 1 – August 31

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

The winner of the 2021 Meridian Short Prose Prize will receive $250.00 and publication in our print magazine. All submissions, including those selected as finalists, will be considered for publication. For reference, we published three finalists in our 2020 issue.

Submit as many times as you like, but please only include one unpublished work of 1,000 words or fewer per submission. Entry fee is $6. All submissions will be read blind by our staff.

Please submit here: submit-header-sm

Other Eligibility Rules:

  • UVA undergraduate alumni who graduated after June 2016 are NOT eligible.
  • UVA MFA students, UVA MFA alumni, and former Meridian staff are NOT eligible.
  • Current UVA students, staff, and faculty are NOT eligible.
  • Friends, relatives, and former teachers and students of current Meridian staff or its advisor are NOT eligible.
  • Please do not submit if you have been selected as the winner of either Meridian’s Short Prose Prize or Editors’ Prize in the past.