Kill Your Darlings publishes commentary, essays, memoir, reviews, interviews and fiction online, with a particular interest in writing on culture, politics and society with a personal, accessible approach.  

We strongly recommend to all who submit that they read KYD to acquaint themselves with the material we publish, and to attain familiarity with our tone and style.

Kill Your Darlings is proud to publish writers at varying stages  of their careers, from new and emerging voices to established and  well-known writers. We encourage writers from diverse backgrounds and at  all levels of experience to pitch and submit to us.

Kill Your Darlings pays all of its contributors.

FICTION

In 2018, KYD will only consider unsolicited fiction submissions from KYD Members. This policy enables us to prioritise the reading of work from our members and provide as much timely editorial feedback as possible.

NON-FICTION

In 2018, KYD will only accept unsolicited pitches from KYD Members. This policy will allow us to increase payment to our writers, and to provide timely feedback where possible. To become a KYD Member from just $17.50, visit our Shop.

STATE & TERRITORY SHOWCASES

In 2018 Kill Your Darlings is running a series of state and territory showcases, shining a spotlight on writers outside the south-eastern cultural centres. Special callouts for pitches and submissions for these showcases will be made throughout the year. 

Fiction and non-fiction submissions are currently closed. Stay tuned to our social media and e-newsletter for details on when submissions reopen.

In 2018 Kill Your Darlings is running a series of state and territory showcases, shining a spotlight on writers outside the south-eastern cultural centres by publishing a range of voices writing from and about their home. Our South Australia and Northern Territory Showcases have featured some fantastic memoir, fiction and political commentary – our next showcase, coming up in July, will focus on Tasmania.

Who we're looking for:

  • Writers from, living in or with a significant connection to Tasmania. These sorts of definitions are always flexible – but essentially, if you think of yourself as 'a Tasmanian writer', we'd love to hear from you. We're especially keen to hear from Indigenous writers, and writers from rural and regional areas. 
  • Kill Your Darlings is proud to publish writers at varying stages of their careers, from new and emerging voices to established and well-known writers. We encourage writers from diverse backgrounds and at all levels of experience to pitch and submit to us.
  • We strongly recommend becoming familiar with Kill Your Darlings' tone and style before pitching or submitting.
  • KYD Membership is not required for Showcase submissions (though always encouraged!)

What we're looking for:

  • Essay/Commentary (1500–3000 words) that sheds light on a local political or cultural issue, particuarly one that readers outside Tasmania may not understand the nuances or implications of. 
  • Memoir or personal essay (1000-1500 words) that reflects or engages with any aspect of Tasmanian life, identity or culture.
  • Cultural criticism (1000-1500 words) that engages or illuminates a piece of Tasmanian culture, particularly one that has wider ramifications for Australia more broadly.
  • Short fiction (2000–5000 words) that reflects or engages with any aspect of Tasmanian life, identity or culture.

Please note that we do not accept poetry, video or artwork submissions. 

Your submission should include a relevant biography, a short description of the proposed article, length, and why it makes a good fit for KYD. (Further tips on crafting a strong pitch can be found here.) If submitting non-fiction, we prefer pitches to completed pieces.

Kill Your Darlings pays all contributors.

For more information, contact KYD Editor Alan Vaarwerk at editor@killyourdarlings.com.au.