Midnight Breakfast

About Us

Our Mission

At Midnight Breakfast, we’re looking for writing that will spark a conversation. We want to bring you back to late-night talks with good friends over greasy food. We are excited by fiction, personal essays, cultural criticism, and interviews. We believe in the serious, but we also believe that if you can’t make people laugh, you don’t deserve to make them think. We believe in craft and passion, and we want to support a diverse community of artists that care about these things too. By paying our contributors, we show respect for the process and the challenge of creating original, dynamic work. Let’s share the intriguing and the humorous and the meaningful. Let’s sate our appetite. Let’s go for the gut.


Rebecca Rubenstein

Rebecca likes to make words work. In addition to Midnight Breakfast, she is a freelance writer and editor and is currently pursuing an MFA in Fiction at the Bennington Writing Seminars. She is also the former (and founding) interviews editor of The Rumpus and a former contributing editor for the short-lived but wonderful STET. She resides in San Francisco, and can often be found thinking aloud on Twitter and tracking her culinary adventures on Instagram. The way to her heart is truly through breakfast (or brunch, if it’s the weekend).

Taylor Pavlik

Managing Editor
Taylor Pavlik is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn. His fiction has been published in The Tusk, The Blood Orange Review and Cantaraville, and he’s received some pretty encouraging rejection letters from the Mid-American Review and the Black Warrior Review.

Lauren O’Neal

Senior Editor
Lauren O’Neal is a senior editor at Midnight Breakfast, a contributing editor at Catapult, and a cohost of the podcast Sunday School Dropouts. Her work has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal.

Nevan Scott

Art & Design Editor
Nevan is an interaction designer, typographer, and teacher living in sunny Barcelona. He has developed digital products for clients including New York University, Swiss Red Cross, Hoefler and Co. type foundry, Buzzfeed, and Northeastern University. He has taught user experience design and web development at General Assembly, Noble Desktop, and Ironhack. He writes occasionally at notated.org.

Ashley Perez

Ashley Perez lives, writes, and participates in other shenanigans in Los Angeles, California. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She is a regular contributor to BLEED (at Jaded Ibis Press) and runs the literary blog, Arts Collide. Ashley’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Weekenders Magazine, BLEED, Drunk Monkeys, The Weeklings, and First Time: An Anthology About Lost Virginity. You can also find her on Twitter at @ArtsCollide.

Submissions Info

For more info on what and how to submit, visit our submissions page.

For all other queries, please drop us a line at hello@midnightbreakfast.com.