Meniscus is an online, free access literary journal published by the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP). The editors and advisory board are based in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, and welcome submissions from writers anywhere in the world.

Meniscus publishes high quality, innovative poetry, short fiction, and creative essays in English, or in other languages with a good parallel translation. Meniscus publishes two issues a year: in April, and in October.

The Australian Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund provides funding for the journal with the following proviso: that in each of the two issues each year (2017, 2018 and 2019) the writers of the best prose piece and the best poetry piece published will each receive $AUD1,000. At present, we regret, we cannot guarantee funding for any other contributors. 

Meniscus 2018.1 is now online, and the editors are currently reading work for volume 2018.2. For this volume, we encourage the submission of flash fiction, and hope to select a flash fiction work for the best Prose piece. 

Submissions are now open for the first issue of Meniscus for 2019: your submissions are welcome:  

  • Please send portfolios of up to five poems, collected in a single document; and/or two prose pieces of up to 3,000 words each; and/or up to three flash fiction stories per writer, of no more than 500 words each, on any theme  
  • Include a brief bio note (50-75 words)
  • Include a confirmation that it is your own work, and not previously published
  • Advise us if it is being simultaneously submitted to other literary outlets.

We are pleased to confirm that the Association of Australasian Writing Programs has suspended the requirement to pay a lodgement fee; all entries are welcome, without any charge. 

Meniscus literary journal