Midnight Echo

The Magazine of the Australasian Horror Writers Association.

MIDNIGHT ECHO IS CURRENTLY OPEN TO SUBMISSIONS.

 

Issue 17 is open to submissions from 1st May 2022 to 15th June 2022. All the submission details are below. DO NOT submit yet. Please read all the guidelines first.

We’re very happy to announce that the guest editor for issue 17 will be AHWA ex-President and Bram Stoker Award-nominee®, Greg Chapman. Here’s what Greg is looking for:

Give me nightmares.

More importantly, get to the “heart of horror” (take this figuratively and literally). Showcase how horror can be powerful in fiction. Scare me and move me at the same time.

Explore the depths of the human psyche and then tear it apart. The dark night of the soul.

Your stories, non-fiction, poetry and art can encompass any sub-genre of horror, just ensure its terrifying and leaves me thinking about it long after I’ve read the final words.

Two-time international Bram Stoker Award-nominee®*, Greg Chapman is a horror author and artist based in Brisbane.

He is the author of several novels, novellas and short stories, including his award-nominated debut novel, Hollow House (Omnium Gatherum) and collections, Vaudeville and Other Nightmares (Specul8 Publishing) and This Sublime Darkness and Other Dark Stories (Things in the Well Publications).

He is also a horror artist and his first graphic novel Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times, (McFarland & Company) written by authors Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton, won the Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel category at the Bram Stoker Awards® in 2013.

He was also the President of the Australasian Horror Writers Association from 2017-2020.

A full list of previous issues and editors can be found at the end of this page.
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Submission Guidelines 

There is a submission form for writers and artists to send their fiction, articles and art for consideration for publication in Midnight Echo Magazine. You will find the form below – please read the following first:

Midnight Echo is the magazine of the Australasian Horror Writers Association. We seek original, previously unpublished horror fiction, poetry, and non-fiction on horror-related subjects. As the AHWA’s goal is to support the genre in Australasia, we only accept unsolicited submissions from writers in (or originally from) Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and the Pacific Islands. Don’t self-reject – we actively encourage submissions from everyone, especially traditionally under-represented demographics including but not limited to all ethnicities, races, sexes, sexual orientations, gender identities, disabilities, ages, or other individual status.

Fiction and Poetry: We accept all types of horror. Your story or poem should unnerve, disturb, or inspire fear. We encourage you to be courageous with your subject matter, but above all else, tell an entertaining story that will linger with our readers. Local stories with distinctly Aussie, Kiwi, or Pacific settings, characters, dilemmas, monsters, or themes are especially welcome. Please read issues of the magazine to get a feel for what we like to publish. No multiple submissions, send only your best story. No simultaneous submissions, please – we aim to respond as quickly as possible after the submission period ends. No reprints – original, previously unpublished work only, please.

We pay AU$0.05/word for fiction (that’s 5 Australian cents per word). Word limit: 5,000 words firm.

We pay AU$20 per poem. Limit up to 20 lines.

Non-Fiction: We welcome articles, creative non-fiction, and interviews on horror-related subjects. Non-fiction that has an Australasian focus (such as an interview with a local author or article about a local book or film) is preferred, but we welcome a broad range of horror-related submissions. Please read issues of the magazine to get a feel for what we like to publish.

We pay AU$30 per non-fiction article up to 5,000 words.

Note about pay rates: While AHWA would like to pay writers more for their work, the organization is run by volunteers and has limited funds. Our goal is to develop emerging Australasian writers and give them experience working with editors, which we hope is a value above and beyond what we’re able to pay for their work. However, through more writers becoming AHWA members and more readers purchasing copies of Midnight Echo or the Dead of Night anthology, the AHWA can strengthen its financial position and increase its rates.

Internal Art: We always include 2-3 pieces of black and white horror artwork in Midnight Echo. We are looking for art that is dark, sinister, or scary. We pay AU$50 per piece for internal art.

Full colour cover art: We always encourage submissions of full colour cover art for each issue. We pay AU$100 for the successful piece.

ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE IN STANDARD MANUSCRIPT FORMAT AND SUBMITTED VIA THIS FORM.

Please attach only .doc, .docx, or .rtf files. All others will be deleted unread.

We only accept unsolicited submissions from writers in (or originally from) Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and the Pacific Islands.

Good luck! Here is the form for submissions.

Previous issues of Midnight Echo have had a variety of amazing editors:

Issue 16 – Edited by Tim Hawken

Issue 15 – Edited by Lee Murray

Issue 14 – Edited by Deborah Sheldon

Issue 13 – Edited by Paul Mannering with co-editors Helen Stubbs and Isobel Blackthorn

Issue 12 – Edited by Shane Jiraiya Cummings and Anthony Paul Ferguson

Issue 11 – Edited by Kaaron Warren

Issue 10 – Edited by Craig Bezant

Issue 9 – Edited by G.N. Braun

Issue 8 – Edited by Marty Young

Issue 7 – Edited by Daniel I. Russell

Issue 6 – Edited by David Conyers, Jason Fischer and David Kernot

Issue 5 – Edited by Leigh Blackmore

Issue 4 – Edited by Lee Battersby

Issue 3 – Edited by Stephen Studach

Issue 2 – Edited by Angela Challis and Shane Jiraiya Cummings

Issue 1 – Edited by Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond