Midnight Echo: The Magazine of the Australian Horror Writers Association, aims to showcase the quality and diversity of the modern horror and dark-fantasy genres. Particular emphasis will be placed upon Australian authors, but international voices will also be included.”

“Issue 4 is edited by Lee Battersby. As for his designs regarding issue 4, he says, ‘The days of creeping tentacles of doom are over. Leave your Cthulhuian wannabes under the bed where they belong, and horrify me with the only thing that is truly terrifying–human nature. If you must force a monster upon me, let me recognise something in its eyes.'”

Accepts fiction, poetry, cover/interior art, graphic/comic strips. Wants “horror, dark fantasy, and macabre fiction up to a strict maximum length of 5000 words. All subjects within the genre of dark fiction will be considered, although stories that feature well worn tropes (such as vampires, serial killers, evil children, etc.) will need to present a new and innovative take on the concept. Midnight Echo is intended to be a magazine for adult readers and as such is open to content that includes sex, violence, and even the odd naughty word or two! However, please remember that what we value most is the story.”

E-mail sub as an attachment (MS Word or RTF). “Write ‘MIDNIGHT ECHO: Submission Title’ in the subject line.”

“Please include your full contact details (postal address, E-mail, phone number) as well as word count in the body of your E-mail, and send your submission to [E-mail address below].”

Pays AU1¢/word to maximum of AU$50, for Exclusive Worldwide English Language Rights (no reprints), with 6-month exclusivity after first publication. No simultaneous or multiple subs.

Reads submissions March 1-July 31, and September 1-January 31. [E-mail: midnightecho@australianhorror.com]

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