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EditorJonathan Green
PublisherMelbourne University Publishing
First issueDecember 1940 (1940-12)
Based inMelbourne

Meanjin (/miˈænɪn/), also known as Meanjin Quarterly,[1] is an Australian literary journal. The name is derived from the Turrbal word for the spike of land where the city Brisbane is located.[2]

It was founded in 1940 in Brisbane, by Clem Christesen. It moved to Melbourne in 1945 and is now a subsidiary of the University of Melbourne.


Meanjin was founded in December 1940,[3] in Brisbane, by Clem Christesen.[4] It moved to Melbourne in 1945 when artist and patron Lina Bryans opened the doors of her Darebin Bridge House to the Meanjin group; 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.[5] Meanjin Papers was published under that name until 1947, and became Meanjin from 1947 to 1960, Meanjin Quarterly from 1961 to 1976, and again is Meanjin since 1976.[6] It is now a subsidiary of the University of Melbourne, and is published by Melbourne University Publishing.

Notable contributors[edit]

A list of the contributors to Meanjin includes Australian writers Judith Wright, Kylie Tennant, Manning Clark, Vance & Nettie Palmer, A D Hope, Dymphna Cusack, Martin Boyd, Alan Marshall, Dorothy Hewett, Peter Singer, Vincent Buckley, Donald Horne, Patrick White, Gwen Harwood, Bruce Dawe, David Malouf, Humphrey McQueen, Jack Hibberd, Roberta Sykes, Helen Garner, Alex Miller, Frank Moorhouse, John Morrison, Hal Porter, Rodney Hall, A A Phillips, 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.


Meanjin publishes

  • poetry
  • fiction
  • graphic novels
  • reflective and scholarly essays
  • memoirs
  • commentary
  • review essays
  • interviews


Fiction editors[edit]

  • Current:

Poetry editors[edit]

dates not known: Coral Hull


  1. ^ "Meanjin [catalogue entry]", Trove, University of Melbourne, 1977, ISSN 0815-953X
  2. ^ "Meanjin debacle: erasing Aboriginal words in order to highlight white women's appropriation". NITV.
  3. ^ "Australian Magazines of the Twentieth Century". AustLit. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  4. ^ Laurie Clancy (2004). Culture and Customs of Australia. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 125. ISBN 978-0-313-32169-6. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  5. ^ Forwood, Gillian & Bryans, Lina, 1909–2000 (2003). Ch.3 'Darebin Bridge House and the Art Establishment 1940–1945' in Lina Bryans : rare modern, 1909–2000. Miegunyah Press, Carlton, Vic
  6. ^ Australian Poets and Their Works, by William Wilde. Oxford University Press, 1996


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