Midnight Echo

The Magazine of the AustralASian Horror Writers Association.


Midnight Echo 14 is upon us and the AHWA is proud to announce that Deb Sheldon is onboard to guest edit this representative of all things good about Australasian horror writing. Deb’s themed issued of Things are not as they seem will open to submissions from July 30 to August 31 and she is seeking only the best for this edition of Midnight Echo. To know more about the editor, we have a brief bio to introduce her and prepare you to make the most of the submissions window.

Deborah Sheldon is an award-winning author from Melbourne, Australia. She writes short stories, novellas and novels across the darker spectrum. Her titles include the noir-horror novel Contrition, the bio-horror novella Thylacines, the collection Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories (Australian Shadows “Best Collected Work 2017”), and the creature-horror novel Devil Dragon. She has a novel, a collection, and a novella forthcoming in 2019. Her work has been shortlisted for numerous Aurealis Awards and Australian Shadows Awards, long-listed for a Bram Stoker, and included in “best of” anthologies. Other credits include TV scripts, feature articles, non-fiction books, and award-winning medical writing.

Thank you for considering ME14 for your submission and thank you to all who download the edition when it becomes available at the end of the year.

Submission Guidelines
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 We seek original, previously unpublished horror fiction and non-fiction on horror-related subjects.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.

Fiction: We accept all types of horror. Your story 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 past issues of the magazine to get a feel for what we like to publish. One (1) submission per author (no multiple submissions).

We offer the following pay rates based on the length of your story:

Flash fiction (up to 1,000 words) $20
Short stories (1k to 5k words) $50
Novelettes (5k to 15k words) $100
Novellas (15k to 25k words max.) $150

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 past issues of the magazine to get a feel for what we like to publish. We offer the following pay rates based on the length of your article: Interview or short article (up to 1,000 words): $20 Article or essay (1k to 5k words): $50. One (1) submission per author (no multiple submissions).

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, AHWA can strengthen its financial position and increase its rates.

Poetry: Authors may submit up to three (3) pieces for consideration but only the author’s best piece will be selected, if successful.  Payment for the accepted piece will be $20.

Cover Art: Evocative cover art has been a hallmark of Midnight Echo. We are always looking for art that is dark, sinister, or scary (but suitable for a general audience). We only use two covers per year, so our selection process is competitive. Artists from anywhere in the world are welcome to submit. We pay $100 for cover art.

Submissions should conform to standard manuscript formatting and be sent to: australasianhorror@gmail.com. Please include the title of the work and a short author bio in your cover letter.

Submissions for Issue 14 will open on July 30 and close on August 31 2019. Acceptances and rejections will be sent by 30 September, 2018.

Rights: We pay for exclusive electronic rights for six months and non-exclusive print and electronic rights for a Midnight Echo anthology.