Kill Your Darlings publishes regular content on our website. We publish fiction and non-fiction, and have a particular interest in writing on culture, politics and society with a personal, anecdotal approach.  

Kill Your Darlings pays all its contributors.

We currently only accept submissions of NEW FICTION from KYD Subscribers. This submission policy means we can prioritise the response time to and editorial feedback for these submissions, which is important to our commitment to nurturing and supporting emerging writers.

For all non-fiction submissions, we first require a pitch – please do not send finished work. You do not need to be a subscriber to pitch your non-fiction to KYD, but we do prioritise those pitches from subscribers.

To pitch to KYD, please email with the subject:

Pitch – Subscriber/Non-Subscriber

(Please include only the subscriber status relevant to you, with your pitch in the body of your email.)

Additional Info
We strongly recommend familiarising yourself with KYD prior to submitting your work. The best way to know whether your writing will fit with us is to get to know our tone and style. We can always tell when a writer doesn’t know what we’re about, so please take the time to get a sense of what we do in advance.

You can now subscribe to KYD from a little as $19.95. 

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.

Ends on December 1, 2017


1. To enter you must be an Australian resident.
2. To enter you must have a current Kill Your Darlings Membership at time of submission. To subscribe for as little as $14.95, please click here.
3. You must be 18 years of age or over at time of submission.

4. Submissions close at 11:59pm (AEDT) Friday 1 December 2017. Entries submitted after the closing date will not be considered.

5. Entries must comprise the following three sections:

Section 1: An explanation of your expertise in your proposed category, and description of your knowledge of or involvement with this field (max. 300 words).

Section 2: Two short outlines (max. 150 words each) for suggested pieces of criticism that you would write for Kill Your Darlings.

Section 3: A one-page maximum overview of your relevant previous writing experience. This may include a link to a maximum of two pieces of published writing you feel represent your tone and voice (these do not necessarily need to be on the same topic as your proposed category).

6. Entries must be submitted as one single PDF, set up as an A4 double-spaced document in 12 pt Roman font with 3cm margins and page numbers on each page.

7. Only one entry per person will be accepted.

8. The decision of the judges is final. The judges will not enter into any correspondence and no individual feedback will be provided to entrants.

9. By submitting your entry you agree to the Award Terms & Conditions, available here.

This submission category is only open to current KYD subscribers. To become a subscriber, please visit our shop.