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.

Speculative Fiction/Fantasy Showcase

Update 20 Feb 2019: Due to the overwhelming number of submissions received for our Speculative Fiction/Fantasy Showcase, and subsequent extra time required to assess them, writers will be informed of the outcome of their submission in early April. We apologise for any inconvenience.  


Non-fiction (Magazine)

Non-fiction pitches for Kill Your Darlings magazine are currently closed. Check our social media and e-newsletter for updates and callouts.

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.  

This award will assist an early-career author in the development of their unpublished manuscript. The award is open to writers of all genres of adult narrative fiction and non-fiction. Short story collections will be considered.

Shortlisted writers (minimum 4) will be awarded the KYD/Varuna Copyright Agency Fellowship, involving a one-week residency at Varuna, the Writers' House in the Blue Mountains. More information here.

The winner will receive a $4000 cash prize, to be announced after the Fellowship. 

Submissions open 9am AEDT Friday 1 March 2019.
Submissions close 5pm AEST Tuesday 30 April 2019.
Longlisted entrants will be announced on Monday 1 July, and shortlisted entrants announced on Monday 15 July 2019.

The KYD/Varuna Copyright Agency Fellowship for shortlisted entrants will take place from Monday 30 September to Sunday 6 October 2019 at Varuna the Writers House, Katoomba NSW.

The winner of the KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award will be announced in late November/early December 2019.

* Only one entry per person will be accepted. If you submit multiple works, only the first will be considered.

* PLEASE NOTE: You must have a current full-year (12 months) KYD Membership at time of submission to enter. To subscribe from $32.95, please visit here.

* Please read the full 2019 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award Submission Guidelines and Terms & Conditions here.

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