Midnight Echo is CLOSED to submissions. The sinister-themed Issue 11 will be released April 2015.


What does SINISTER mean to you?

Is it a character; a shadowy, nightmare figure? Or is it an atmosphere; a foreboding air of doom? Does the word fill you with apprehension, or maybe excitement? Or is the vision in your head something we cannot begin to imagine?

Kaaron Warren, our guest editor for Midnight Echo Issue 11, wants to know. She is currently reading all your disturbing submissions and will soon be in touch with her final decisions.


About the editor: Shirley Jackson Award winning author Kaaron Warren has lived in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Fiji, She’s sold many short stories, three novels (the multi-award-winning Slights, Walking the Tree and Mistification) and four short-story collections. Two of her collections have won the ACT Publishers’ and Writers’ Award for fiction, and her most recent collection, Through Splintered Walls, won a Canberra Critics’ Circle Award for Fiction, two Ditmar Awards, two Australian Shadows Awards, an Aurealis Award and a Shirley Jackson Award. Her stories have appeared in Australia, the US, the UK and elsewhere in Europe, and have been selected for both Ellen Datlow’s and Paula Guran’s Year’s Best anthologies.

She was short-listed for a Bram Stoker Award for All You Can Do Is Breathe, and was Special Guest at the Australian National Science Fiction Convention in Canberra 2013.

You can find her at http://kaaronwarren.wordpress.com/ and she Tweets @KaaronWarren


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Below are the general submission details for fiction, poetry, cover and interior artwork, and comic strips.

We also accept Letters to the Editor, so if you want to contact us to say how great we are, to complain about something, or just to chew the fat (translated = talk horror), please do. We won’t be able to publish all Letters, but we will be able to publish some. Send Letters to us at midnightecho@australianhorror.com

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The maximum word length for short stories is 5000 words. Please follow these guidelines when submitting to us:

  • Put your full contact details on the first page of the manuscript.
  • Standard submission format, with minimal document formatting.
  • Courier or Times New Roman; 12pt; italics as they will appear. No underlining.
  • Double spaced.
  • Australian English spelling.
  • DO NOT use tab or spacing to indent lines. Use ‘styles’ only.
  • Please put full contact details on the first page of the manuscript.

For a guide to standard submission format, see http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html.

The only variation to this format is that italics MUST appear as they will be used; no underlining.

Stories that fail to follow these requirements will be deleted without being read, so please don’t ruin your chances.

Submissions should be sent as an attachment via email as either an MS Word document or an RTF file.

Write MIDNIGHT ECHO: “Submission Title” in the subject line of the email.

Please include your full contact details (postal address, e-mail, phone number) as well as word count in the body of your email, and send your submission to:


Midnight Echo buys Exclusive Worldwide English Language Rights (no reprints), with 6 month exclusivity after first publication, and pays 3c per word to a maximum of $150 for short stories. No simultaneous or multiple submissions please, and no reprints. Midnight Echo is currently only open to submission from Australian and New Zealand authors. You do not need to a member of the AHWA to submit your work.

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As each issue of Midnight Echo has different editor/editors, the submission guidelines may change accordingly, meaning some issues will have particular themes while others won’t. It all depends on editorial preferences for that particular issue. Please always check the submission guidelines to ensure the poem you are considering submitting fits the theme of the issue.

Submissions should follow the same guidelines as per fiction (above).

Note: Payment rates for poetry is $15 for up to 50 lines, and $25 for poems up to 100 lines.

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Midnight Echo is also open to submissions for Full Colour cover and Black & White internal illustrations. We are seeking all forms of artistic expression – your art form, your medium, your way – as long the submission is a finished piece. No rough sketches or outlines of ideas, just your best and finest work!

All in all, your art should have a voice. It doesn’t have to be prominent, but it needs to be there. We will be asking each piece the same question: ‘Why do you exist?’ Your aim as the Artist, is to allow your piece to answer that question.

The editor of each issue will be responsible for selecting artwork.

If you are interested in submitting Art Work to Midnight Echo, please follow these directions:


For first round submissions, please email a 72dpi review image of your work.
Image must be under 3 MB.
Please compress using ZIP compression only.
Only send us one email, containing no more than two images. Make them your best ones, or the ones you think best suit the issue. Do not send further emails until you hear back from us. If you have an online portfolio, send us the URL so we may view your work. This makes our submission goblins far happier than receiving multiple emails from the same artist, each with new images.

Please send your submissions to: midnightecho@australianhorror.com

Accepted artists will be notified of the proceedings to supply their final piece for publication. All final supplied files must be in 300ppi.

Please, no lengthy write-ups about your piece. The submission needs to speak on its own.

Payment: Full colour cover art will receive AU$100. Interior art will be paid AU$30 per full-page piece, or $30 for a set of up to six corner pieces.

All artists will be notified of their acceptance or otherwise via email. The decision of the Current Editor is final.

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Unfortunately, Midnight Echo is not currently accepting comics submissions. Please keep watch this space for any updates.