Midnight Echo

The Magazine of the AustralASian Horror Writers Association.



We can finally reveal the TOC for the upcoming 14th issue of Midnight Echo Magazine. Guest edited by Deborah Sheldon, the issue’s theme of “Things are not as they seem” attracted lots of submissions, but Deb has collated a fine selection of stories, poetry and art. Congratulations to all the successful authors. The winners of the 2018 AHWA Short and Flash Fiction Competition will also have their stories included in the issue. ME14 will be published in e-book format last this year.

Cover art and design by Greg Chapman
Editorial by Deborah Sheldon
The Grey Witch by Chris Mason (short story)
Local Knowledge by Rebecca Fraser (poem)
Heartbeat by Liz Simrajh (short story)
Death is an Empty Mirror by Erol Engin (short story)
Alive! by Gregory Long (flash)
Sea of Blood by Brian M. Quinn (artwork)
Keep Them Close by Renee De Visser (AHWA Short Story Competition winner 2018)
The Nymph by Hari Navarro (AHWA Flash Fiction Competition winner 2018)
Cymon by Denny E. Marshall (artwork)
The Wind Chimes by Ian J. Middleton (flash)
A Tale of the Ainu by Robyn O’Sullivan (short story)
Red-Eye by Tabatha Wood (short story)
The Netherwhere Line by Matthew Morrison (novelette)
Contributor Biographies

GUEST EDITOR: 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.

MIDNIGHT ECHO 14 will be published in digital format on Amazon at the end of the year.



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 We seek original, previously unpublished horror fiction and non-fiction on horror-related subjects.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 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 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, and $20 for poems

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 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

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.

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.