|Publisher||Melbourne University Publishing|
|First issue||December 1940|
Meanjin (//), formerly Meanjin Papers and Meanjin Quarterly, is an Australian literary magazine. The name is derived from the Turrbal word for the spike of land where the city of Brisbane is located. It was founded in 1940 in Brisbane, by Clem Christesen. It moved to Melbourne in 1945 and is as of March 2022[update] a subsidiary of the University of Melbourne.
It moved to Melbourne in 1945 at the invitation of the University of Melbourne. Artist and patron Lina Bryans opened the doors of her Darebin Bridge House to the Meanjin group: then Vance and Nettie Palmer, Rosa and Dolia Ribush, Jean Campbell, Laurie Thomas and Alan McCulloch. There they joined the moderates in the Contemporary Art Society (Norman Macgeorge, Clive Stephen, Isobel Tweddle and Rupert Bunny, Sybil Craig, Guelda Pyke, Elma Roach, Ola Cohn and Madge Freeman and George Bell). Bryans created a free circle, and was able to give the liberal, conservative modernist position in Melbourne a more vital character and a freer base than it would otherwise have had.
Meanjin Papers was published under that name until 1947, and became Meanjin from 1947 to 1960, Meanjin Quarterly from 1961 to 1976, and became Meanjin again in 1976. It includes poetry, fiction, essays, memoirs and other forms of writing, and also produces podcasts.
Past contributors to Meanjin include Australian writers Judith Wright, Kylie Tennant, Manning Clark, Vance & Nettie Palmer, Dymphna Cusack, Martin Boyd, Alan Marshall, Dorothy Hewett, Peter Carey, Alice Pung, Michelle de Kretser, Randa Abdel-Fattah and Dorothy Porter. International authors published include Carmen Callil, J. M. Coetzee, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Kurt Vonnegut.
- 1940 to 1974: Clem Christesen
- 1974 to 1982: Jim Davidson
- 1982 to 1987: Judith Brett
- 1987 to 1994: Jenny Lee
- 1994 to 1998: Christina Thompson
- 1998 to 2002: Stephanie Holt
- 2002 to 2008 Ian Britain
- 2008 to 2011 Sophie Cunningham
- 2011 to 2012 Sally Heath
- 2013 to 2015 Zora Sanders
- 2015 to 2022 Jonathan Green
- 2022 to present Esther Anatolitis
- Dates not known: Coral Hull
- mid-to-late 1970s: Kris Hemensley
- 1979 to 1982: Judith Rodriguez
- 1987 to 1994: Philip Mead
- 1994 to 1997: Laurie Duggan
- 1998 to 2000: Coral Hull
- 1998: Brian Henry
- 2000 to 2005: Peter Minter
- 2005 to 2015: Judith Beveridge
- 2015 to present: Bronwyn Lea
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- "Meanjin debacle: erasing Aboriginal words in order to highlight white women's appropriation". NITV.
- "About". Meanjin. 7 April 2021. Retrieved 2 March 2022.
- Forwood, Gillian (2003). "3. Darebin Bridge House and the Art Establishment 1940–1945". Lina Bryans: Rare Modern, 1909–2000. Carlton, Victoria: Miegunyah Press. ISBN 9780522850376.
- Australian Poets and Their Works, by William Wilde. Oxford University Press, 1996
- "Meanjin [catalogue entry]", Trove, University of Melbourne, 1977, ISSN 0815-953X
- "Editions". Meanjin. 16 December 2021. Archived from the original on 8 February 2022. Retrieved 2 March 2022.
- "Green to leave Meanjin | Books+Publishing". 17 May 2022. Retrieved 20 May 2022.
- Davidson, Jim (2022). Emperors in Lilliput – Clem Christesen of Meanjin and Stephen Murray-Smith of Overland. Miegunyah Press. ISBN 9780522877403.
- Jenny Lee; Philip Mead; Gerald Murnane, eds. (1990). The Temperament of Generations: Fifty Years of Meanjin. Meanjin. ISBN 9780522844481.
- Strahan, Lyn (1985). Just City and the Mirrors: Meanjin Quarterly and the Intellectual Front, 1940–1965. Melbourne: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195544213.