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.

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This award will assist an early-career author in the development of their unpublished manuscript. The award is open to writers of adult fiction and adult non-fiction.

The winner will receive a $5000 cash prize and a mentorship with KYD’s Rebecca Starford (non-fiction) or Hannah Kent (fiction).

Submissions open 9am AEDT Wednesday 1 February 2017.
Submissions close 5pm AEDT Friday 31 March 2017.
The shortlisted entrants will be announced on 1 June 2017.
The winner of the KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award will be announced on 3 July 2017.

** PLEASE NOTE: You must be a KYD member to enter this award. You can become a member from as little as $14.95.**

Please read the full KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award Submission Guidelines and Terms & Conditions here.

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