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. 


Non-fiction (Magazine)

KYD magazine currently only accepts unsolicited non-fiction 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.


Fiction (Magazine)

We are not currently accepting general fiction submissions for Kill Your Darlings magazine. Special callouts for themed fiction showcases and other opportunities will be made throughout the year.  

Kill Your Darlings is excited to launch our inaugural KYD School Writing Prize, which is designed to develop, mentor, edit and publish the work of two writers from Australian secondary schools. 

We’re seeking entries of up to 1500 words in the categories of fiction and non-fiction, with students responding to a current social or political issue. The two winners will receive a $500 cash prize, editorial support and publication in KYD.

Both fiction and non-fiction categories will be judged by KYD's publishing director and author Rebecca Starford and award-winning author and poet Maxine Beneba Clarke.

Entries for the 2019 School Writing Prize close at 5pm AEST 28 June, with the winners to be announced at a special event in August 2019.

* PLEASE NOTE: Entry to the KYD Student Writing Prize is open exclusively to KYD School Members and their students. There is no additional entry fee. To find out more about KYD School Memberships, click here. 

* Only one entry per student will be accepted. If you submit multiple works, only the first will be considered. (There is no limit on the amount of entries per school, or teacher submitting on students’ behalf.)

* Please read the full 2019 KYD School Writing Prize Submission Guidelines and Terms & Conditions here.

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