Meridian is an annual literary magazine produced at the University of Virginia in conjunction with the university’s Creative Writing Program, whose MFA students serve as editors. Our financial support comes from the UVA Creative Writing Program, Department of English, and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences—and sometimes from generous individual donors.

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. But don’t let the big names fool you. As a magazine edited by early-career writers, we value nothing more than showcasing tomorrow’s talent, often publishing a new author’s first story or poem. We welcome every submission that comes our way and we strive to produce an inclusive, eclectic, and fresh journal.

Meridian poetry and prose has appeared in Best American Poetry, Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. 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 roughly 300 copies with occasional add-on runs by print-on-demand.

Current Staff:

Garrett Kim, Editor-in-Chief
Holly Zhou, Poetry Editor
Danny Eisenberg, Fiction Editor
Tanner Hansen, Nonfiction Editor
Jeb Livingood, Faculty Advisor