Meanjin is where Australia’s literary culture sets out its fiercest ambitions. Quarterly in print and continuously online, each year Meanjin publishes new work by hundreds of Australian writers in all genres and forms. Readers buy, subscribe to and collect Meanjin for its unique role in articulating the Australian cultural moment. 

For over 80 years, Meanjin has fostered a rich and rigorous national conversation by remaining true to its founding principles: “to talk poetry”, “to work for a healthy climate of opinion and literary activity”, and “to make clear the connection between art and politics.” Whether in essay, poetry, fiction, memoir or experimentation, Meanjin writers seek audiences who enjoy critical discussion and, to continue in the words of the Founding Editor, who ask Meanjin writers “to reveal and clarify our life by showing it to us though a vision different from ours and deeper.”

Clem Christesen founded Meanjin in Brisbane in 1940 (the name, pronounced mee-AN-jin, is the word in the Turrbal language for the finger of land on which central Brisbane sits). Meanjinmoved to Melbourne in 1945 at the invitation of the University of Melbourne, and in 2008 became an independent imprint of Melbourne University Publishing.

Reflecting the breadth of contemporary thinking on the defining issues of our times, Meanjin’s work has continued under its subsequent editors—Jim Davidson, Judith Brett, Jenny Lee, Christina Thompson, Stephanie Holt, Ian Britain, Sophie Cunningham, Sally Heath, Zora Sanders, Jonathan Green, and now, Esther Anatolitis.

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