Meridians is a peer-reviewed, feminist interdisciplinary journal whose goal is to provide a forum for the finest scholarship and creative work by and about women of color in U.S. and international contexts. The journal is a venture of Smith College and is published twice a year by Indiana University Press.

Recognizing that feminism, race, transnationalism and women of color are contested terms, Meridians engages the complexity of these debates in a dialogue across ethnic and national boundaries, as well as across traditional disciplinary boundaries in the academy. The goal of Meridians is to make scholarship by and about women of color central to contemporary definitions of feminisms in the explorations of women's economic conditions, cultures, and sexualities, as well as the forms and meanings of resistance and activist strategies.

Meridians seeks to publish work that is grounded in the particularities of history, economics, geography, class, and culture; that informs the contradictions and politics of women's lives; illuminates the forms and meanings of resistance, migration and exile and artistic expressions; that provokes the critical interrogation of the terms used to shape activist agendas, theoretical paradigms, and political coalitions; and that is substantive and readable, as well as relevant and useful to researchers, educators, students, and practitioners.

Guidelines for Contributors

Meridians accepts submissions on a rolling basis. Submissions are reviewed anonymously by members of the Editorial Board and by readers with experience in the appropriate fields. The publishing process usually takes six to nine months.

The Editor of Meridians invites submissions of scholarly essays, personal interviews, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, visual art, and photo-essays, as well as political manifestoes, position papers, and archival documents of continuing interest.

Please do not submit manuscripts or materials that are under review elsewhere or that have been previously published.

Meridians does not accept simultaneous submissions, unsolicited book, film, or video reviews.

Meridians no longer accepts unsolicited mail submissions. Any hard copy manuscripts received will be recycled unread.

You can submit your manuscript online through our Editorial Manager.

For further inquiries please contact us at: meridians@smith.edu

Preparation of Visual Submissions

Send up to five pieces with 6 x 9­ dimensions or dimensions that can be reduced to this size. Please submit visual material as high-resolution TIF files. Visual works must also be publishable in black and white.

Visual art submissions can be sent to the editorial office at:meridians@smith.edu. Please title your query, “Visual Art Submission.”

Preparation of Creative Manuscripts

Manuscripts of 3-5 poems should be typed and formatted according to genre conventions. Prose and non-fiction manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced, Times New Roman font, and no longer than 25 pages or 7,500 words. Excerpts from longer works will be considered if self-contained.

Preparation of Essays

All submissions should be typed, double-spaced, 12 pt., Times New Roman font. A title page should accompany your manuscript. The title page should contain the author's name, postal address, phone number, and e-mail address. In order to facilitate the anonymous peer-reviewing process the author's name should not appear on the manuscript, and all references in the text and endnotes that might identify the author should be removed and cited on a separate page. Essays should be no longer than 35 pages or 9,000 words. An abstract must accompany the manuscript. Manuscripts without abstracts cannot be considered until the abstract is received.

Scholarly articles should follow the author-date system as outlined in the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition, 2017. In this system, references to works are included in chronological order in the text. The author’s last name and the year of publication are enclosed in parentheses (Davis 1977) and correspond to the alphabetical list of Works Cited at the end of the essay. Page numbers follow the date, preceded by a comma (Garcia 1997, 57). When there are two authors the following format applies: (Chang and Williams 1985, 13); for three authors: (Fulcher, Hernandez, and Spikes 1974); and more than three: (Rashid et al. 1993). If the author is not known, the text reference should substitute the title of the article or book for the author (the title may be shortened as necessary, but must include the first word other than an initial article).

Examples of Works Cited:

Anzaldúa, Gloria, and Cherie Moraga, eds. 1981. This Bridge Called My Back. Watertown, MA: Persephone Press.


Black Women Organized for Action. n.d. Statement of Purpose and Activities. San Francisco: Black Women Organized for Action. 14.84, 15.44


Freeman, Jo. 1973. “The Origins of the Women’s Liberation Movement.” American Journal of Sociology 78, no. 4 (Spring): 792–811.


Grewal, Shabnum, Jackie Kay, Lilianne Landor, Gail Lewis, and Pratibha Parmar, eds. 1988. Charting the Journey: Writings by Black and Third World Women. London: Sheba Feminist Publishers.


Lorde, Audre. 1984. “Age, Race, Class and Sex: Women Redefining Difference.” In Sister Outsider, 114–23. Freedom, CA: The Crossing Press.


Menchu, Rigoberta. 1984. I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala. London: Verso.


Roth, Benita. 1999. “On Their Own and For Their Own: African American, Chicana, and White Feminist Movements in the 1960 and 1970s.”PhD diss., University of California–Los Angeles.


Wieringa, Saskia. 1995. Subversive Women: Women’s Movements in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. London: Zed Books.


Please refer to Chapters 14 and 15 in the Chicago Manual of Style for further examples.

To Withdraw a Submission

If you must withdraw your submission from consideration, we ask that you include the following information in your query:

  1. Author’s Name
  2. Manuscript Title
  3. Manuscript Number
  4. Genre
  5. Date of Submission