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. 

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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.

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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.

Non-fiction submissions are now open for commentary, essays, memoir, reviews and interviews to be published online in Kill Your Darlings magazine. 


Who we're looking for: 

  • 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 pitches from writers from diverse backgrounds and at all levels of experience. We're especially keen to hear from Indigenous and CALD writers, as well as writers from rural and regional areas. 
  • We strongly recommend becoming familiar with Kill Your Darlings' tone and style before pitching or submitting.
  • Only pitches from current KYD Members will be accepted. To become a member from just $17.50, visit our Shop


What we're looking for: 

  • Essay/Commentary (1000–2000 words) that analyses a cultural, political or societal issue, particuarly one that readers may not understand the nuances or implications of. Longer, investigative feature essays (2000–3000 words) will also be considered.
  • Memoir or personal essay (1000–1500 words) that reflects or engages with any aspect of life, identity and culture.
  • Cultural criticism (1000–1500 words) that engages or illuminates a piece of culture, particularly one that has wider ramifications for society or reflects broader trends.
  • Work that doesn't quite fit within the above categories but you think would be a good fit for us!


Your pitch 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.) Please do not send completed works.

Kill Your Darlings pays all of its contributors.

Please note: Unfortunately publication slots are very limited, and we cannot accept all the work we would like to. We endeavour to respond to pitches within 1 month of submission, though can sometimes take longer at certain busy times of the year. If your pitch is relevant to a specific date, please let us know. You are welcome to submit to multiple publications (if you are successful elsewhere, please withdraw your submission from KYD).

In July 2019 Kill Your Darlings magazine is once again shining a spotlight on Indonesian writers, in partnership with the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival. After the success of our first Indonesian Showcase in 2017, we’re delighted to bring Indonesian voices to new audiences once again in 2019.

Who we’re looking for:

  • Writers from, living in or with a significant personal connection to Indonesia. If you identify as 'an Indonesian writer', we'd love to hear from you. 
  • 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.
  • 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 political or cultural issue, particularly one that readers in Australia may not understand the nuances or implications of. 
  • Memoir or personal essay (1000-1500 words) that reflects or engages with any aspect of Indonesian life, identity or culture.
  • Cultural criticism (1000-1500 words) that engages or illuminates a piece of Indonesian culture, particularly one that readers in Australia may not understand the nuances or implications of.
  • Short fiction (1500–3000 words) that reflects or engages with any aspect of Indonesian life, identity or culture.

Submissions must be new works, written primarily in English. Works translated into English will be accepted if not previously published in English. Please note that KYD does not have the capacity to translate works.

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

Note: Both pitches and completed pieces will be accepted. If submitting a pitch, please include a short description of the proposed article and length. (Further tips on crafting a strong pitch can be found here.) If submitting fiction, we prefer completed pieces.

Kill Your Darlings pays all contributors (minimum A$250.)

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

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