We only accept online submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. We no longer accept postal submissions.

Please send all submissions through our Submittable account. Our reading season is August 15 through April 15. Please keep your email address updated in Submittable because that’s how we notify you of our editorial decisions. We charge a modest fee of $3 to help offset the cost of maintaining the manuscript system and to help support Meridian.submit-header-sm

The time has come, we’re afraid, for Meridian to stop accepting paper submissions. Given our small staff, we can no longer track both postal submissions and the increasing electronic load. So, we’ve gone to just electronic. We realize this means some writers may not be able to send work to us, and we apologize for the inconvenience. We do not accept e-mail submissions because we cannot track their receipt and processing.

The authors we publish receive two complimentary copies and can purchase more at a reduced rate. We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, if we accept your work for publication, it is your responsibility to immediately notify all other magazines it is no longer available. Similarly, if someone else accepts your work, withdraw your work from Meridian on Submittable as soon as you can.

We try to respond in two to four months, but we have often taken longer.

We generally do not accept creative work by current University of Virginia students. University of Virginia students should not send unsolicited work.


Meridian typically asks for the rights to publish an author’s work in a single print edition, an epub version of the same issue, and also in future retrospective editions of the magazine. We currently make our entire magazine available in a print- and copy-protected viewer. Links to prior issues are available on our contributors page. After our publication, all rights revert to our authors, and if you wish to reprint, repost, or redistribute their work in any form, it is your responsibility to contact the writer and secure permission. You do not need Meridian‘s permission to reprint, though we always appreciate an acknowledgment of first publication, when feasible.