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 periods are from August 15 to November 15 and January 15 to 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.
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 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.
Meridian is currently printed at a page size of 5 7/8″ wide by 8 7/8″ tall. We use .125″ bleeds. Artists must supply all artwork at 300 dpi resolution or higher. We typically work in an RGB color space. CMYK is usually acceptable.
Cover Art: Cover art that appears only on our front cover should measure at least 6.125″ wide and 9.125″ tall. Given 300 dpi resolution, that would mean a minimum pixel count of 1838 x 2728. Our covers are always portrait in orientation. It is possible to have cover art that runs landscape from spine to outside edge and measures 6.125″ wide (1838 pixels) but does not have enough height to run from top to bottom. We’ve used such images in the past … but find them a little awkward. An image that runs fully across the cover both horizontally and vertically is our preference. We work hard not to have our Meridian logo obscure important parts of the artwork, but cover artists should expect that our logo and issue number will appear on their artwork and look at past issues for typical layouts.
Wraparound Covers: Wraparound covers are usually our preference, but they are more difficult to measure in advance because we usually don’t know our spine width until quite late. However, a spine of .3″ is typical. This means a wraparound image needs to be at least 12.55″ wide and 9.12″ tall (3765 pixels wide x 2728 pixels tall). Having more available width is always good in case of a thick issue. We encourage artists NOT to submit artwork with elements that must fall exactly at edges or folds or other locations that will limit our flexibility at final layout.
Interior Art: Interior artwork typically only needs to bleed on the top, bottom, and outside edges, so 6.0″ wide x 9.125″ tall (1800 x 2738) is usually adequate if the artwork takes up an entire page. Landscape artwork is typically displayed on our portrait pages, and should be 6.0″ wide or 1800 pixels wide.