Meanjin is where Australia’s literary culture sets out its fiercest ambitions.
We publish quarterly in print and continuously online.
Our readers want your finest work.
When submissions are open, we welcome pieces written in any language, and we strongly encourage pitches or pieces from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culturally and racially marginalised people, and people with disability.
Please note that Meanjin only considers work by Australian writers and artists. (We don’t define ‘Australian’ formally as citizenship.)
Owing to the large volume of superb submissions and pitches we receive, Meanjin avoids publishing more than one piece of work by the same writer within a twelve-month period.
Please do not send work in hard copy nor by post.
All work and translation published online or in print is paid on publication.
The Meanjin Paper
An agenda-setting piece by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Elder (or an Elder interviewed by a First Nations writer) offering a story of place (3000-4500w).
A little historical context: From its first edition in 1940, our journal was called Meanjin Papers. From 1947, the name Meanjin was used alone, and then Meanjin Quarterly in the 1960s, 1970s and 2010s, after which ‘The Meanjin Papers’ was used to mark the cover essay for each edition. From Winter 2023 The Meanjin Paper is presented before the contents page, colophon and editorial, ensuring that Meanjin readers always begin by honouring and listening to Elders.
State of the Nation
Short pieces offering a perspective on where Australia’s at right now, taking any approach in terms of theme, scientific discipline or tone (750-1500w).
Rigorous perspectives on a matter of public interest, in text or graphic form (2500-5000w).
Short stories, with or without illustrations (2000-4000w).
Critical insights that reflect on a lifetime, or a moment in time, in text or graphic form (2000-4000w).
Reviews, criticism and critique that withstand the test of time (1500-3000w).
Please note that we don’t publish extracts—neither in print, nor online.
What are experiments? You tell us… We’re looking for pieces in any form (or non-form!) including mindmaps and diagrams, but we know you love constrains: if it’s in graphic or typographic form, please submit work that can be presented on one single page or one double-page spread (1p or 2pp).
Australia in Three Books
A piece critiquing three Australian books, published at any time, chosen by the writer because they offer renewed perspectives on Australia today (1500-2500w).
The Year In…
A critical review of the past year in the writer’s chosen field (1500-3500w). Recent focus areas have included typography, cultural resurgence, truth-telling and poetry.
Work aligning with any of these categories in visual form, such as graphic essays.
Always poetry. It’s how Meanjin began. (No more than 3 poems per submission, please.)
Poetry submissions are open until EOD 8 February 2024. Click here to submit.
All other submissions are currently closed. To find out when submissions open, subscribe to our e-news and you’ll be the first to know.