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Editor Jonathan Green
Publisher Melbourne University Press
First issue December 1940 (1940-12)
Country Australia
Based in Melbourne

Meanjin is an Australian literary journal. The name - pronounced Mee-AN-jin - is derived from an Aboriginal word for the spike of land where the city Brisbane is located.

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,[1] in Brisbane, by Clem Christesen. 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.[2] 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.[3] It is now a subsidiary of the University of Melbourne.

Notable Contributors

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 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

  • Current:

Poetry Editors

dates not known: Coral Hull


  1. "Australian Magazines of the Twentieth Century". Austlit. Retrieved 1 January 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 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
  3. Australian Poets and Their Works, by William Wilde. Oxford University Press, 1996


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