Meanjin was founded in 1940 in Brisbane by Clem Christesen. Currently based in Melbourne, we are committed to publishing the best new Australian writing*.
We publish fiction, essays, long-form journalism, poetry, memoir, interviews, and much else besides.
Each author owns the copyright to his or her work while Meanjin holds copyright to the collection. All authors we publish are sent a detailed contract.
*Meanjin accepts submissions from outside of Australia, but we publish a majority of work from Australian or Australia-based writers.
Please submit between three and five finished works, in one of the available formats (jpg, gif, png).
Cartoons in Meanjin are square and are published at 300dpi and 100mmx100mm. Please ensure you will be able to provide the artwork at these dimensions.
Non-fiction writing (except memoir) should be submitted here. This category includes travel pieces, interviews, review and all other forms of non-fiction writing. We rarely publish essays over 6,000 words, and prefer essays in the 3,000 to 5,000 range. We also accept shorter pieces (up to 1,500 words) that have a focus on travel, landscape or place for our 'Perspectives' section.
For a sense of the kind of writing we publish in 'Essays' visit our website.
Please keep in mind it is unusual for Meanjin to publish essays that have been written for academic studies without changes. In particular, please avoid the use of jargon and metadiscourse (for example 'this essay will...').
Fiction pieces should be approximately 2,000 to 4,000 words long. Word lengths are flexible in exceptional cases.
For a sense of the kind of writing we publish in 'Fiction' visit our website
Memoir pieces should be approximately 2,000 to 5,000 words long. Word lengths are flexible in exceptional cases. We also publish shorter pieces of memoir (up to 1,500 words) in our 'Up Front' section.
For a sense of the kind of writing we publish in 'Memoir' visit our website