Midnight Echo

The Magazine of the Australasian Horror Writers Association.

MIDNIGHT ECHO 16 IS OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS!

Later in the year than we intended, but here it is! Please be sure to read all the submission guidelines below very carefully before submission.

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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! Submissions are open from September 1st until October 15th.

Midnight Echo is the magazine of the Australasian Horror Writers Association. We seek original, previously unpublished horror fiction and non-fiction on horror-related subjects.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.

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.

The guest editor for this issue is 2 x Robert N Stephenson Flash Fiction & Short Story Competition winner, Shadow Awards finalist and longtime AHWA member, Tim Hawken. In Tim’s own words, he’s looking for:

“All the blood, bone and viscera that makes up the horror genre. Short fiction, flash fiction, non-fiction, poetry, experimental concepts. Let’s get weird. Let’s get interesting. Let’s delve deep and dark. A twist of humour is always appreciated too. I want to see your very best work to showcase the true talent of Australasian writers.”

Please address your cover letter to Tim with any details you consider relevant.

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!