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 Senior Fiction Editor at The Rumpus, and received an MFA in Fiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars and attended the 2020 Tin House Summer Workshop. Her writing has been published or is forthcoming in Hobart After Dark, No Contact, X-R-A-Y, Past Ten, and elsewhere. She lives in San Francisco, can often be found thinking aloud on Twitter, and 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.

Ashley Perez

Small Plates Editor
Ashley Perez lives in the gray spaces of all of her identities (queerdo mixed-race Mexican Angeleno is the closest she can get to to summarize it all). She writes and causes trouble in Los Angeles. She has a strong affinity for tattoos, otters, cat mystery books, and actual cats, but has mixed feelings about pants. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She runs the literary site Arts Collide and does work of all varieties for Women Who Submit, Entropy, Jaded Ibis Press, and Midnight Breakfast. Her work can be found at Lost Balloon, The Nervous Breakdown, The Weeklings, Red Light Lit, and others. You can find her on Twitter at @ArtsCollide.

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.

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.