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Submissions to the print journal should be made through our Submittable page.

All submissions should have: an attached cover letter, containing your name, all contact information, as well as the title of your submission. We also suggest, for non-fiction submissions, that you include relevant details about previous publication. Please send us your best work. Multiple submissions are discouraged.

Payment Rates

Kill Your Darlings pays its regular columnists, as well as contributors to the quarterly edition and writers of special features on our website.

Print rates are negotiated with the editors on commission, however our minimum payments are: for a lead feature commentary $600, commentary $200, fiction $250, and reviews $200 (to all of which we also add a yearly print and online subscription, or renewal of an existing subscription, valued at $70).

Killings columnists are paid $90 per post, for a year-long contract. All other Killings posts are paid a $50 flat rate.

Additional Info

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 Kill Your Darlings.

In the interest of building a like-minded community, all writers submitting to Kill Your Darlings will be automatically added to our enews list. If you would like to opt out of this service, please indicate so on your submission letter.

Please note that we receive thousands of submissions each year. We will only contact you again if we are interested in publishing your work. If you have not heard from us in 3 months, please know that we have not accepted your submission.

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Ends on 6/15/2015

About the award

The S.D. Harvey Short Story Award is an annual competition organised by the Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA). It is part of the prestigious Ned Kelly Awards, celebrating the very best in Australian crime writing. 

From 2015, KYD is partnering with the ACWA to publish the winner of the S.D. Harvey Short Story Award in its spring edition, as well as award a cash prize of $1000.

The award is named after the late writer, journalist and producer Sandra Harvey, who along with her partner in crime writing, Lindsay Simpson, blazed a trail not only for investigative, true crime writing in Australia, but also for women writers in the industry.  

The S.D. Harvey Short Story Award is open for submissions from 16 February to 15 June 2015.


Submission guidelines

i.        Entries can be submitted by published and unpublished writers and can be either fiction or nonfiction stories.

ii.       Multiple entries are accepted.

iii.      Submissions must be the author’s original work and previously unpublished.

iv.      The author must be an Australian by birth or citizenship; OR the author’s principal residence must be in Australia. 

v.       An entry fee of $10 applies to each individual submission. 

vi.      Stories must be between 2000 and 4000 words in length.

vii.    The broadest definition of the crime story will be considered eligible, but should include one or more elements that are normally associated with the genre, i.e. suspense, intrigue, mystery, conflict, crime, punishment or investigation.

For those who have submitted entries to the award in the past, please note that no keyword or phrase is required this year.  

Please do not include your name anywhere in the story itself (such as at the start or in the header or footer) as stories will be judged anonymously.

A shortlist will be announced at the start of August 2015, and shortlisted writers will be notified prior to the announcement. 

The winner will be presented with his or her award at the Ned Kelly Awards ceremony.


Submitting entries

2015 Award submissions must be received by June 15, 2015.

Entries must be submitted online via the submission form below.    

If there are any questions about the award, please email

For any technical questions or issues about submitting short stories, please email

Meet the judges

Sue Turnbull is Professor of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Wollongong. She is a frequent media commentator and is crime fiction reviewer for the Sydney Morning Herald. Sue is also a past judge of the Age Book of the Year award and Victorian Premier’s Literary awards. Since 1992 she has been a co-convenor of Sisters in Crime, Australia, which promotes women’s crime writing in Australia.

Dr Lindsay Simpson’s has written five books in the true crime genre. Three were co-authored with the late writer and producer Sandra Harvey, with whom she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Australian Crime Writers Association in 2007. Lindsay was Coordinator and founder of the Master of Arts (Writing) and the Bachelor of Multimedia Journalism at James Cook University and founder of the Journalism & Media Studies program and postgraduate writing program at University of Tasmania. Her most recent book Where is Daniel? is about the disappearance of Daniel Morcombe. She now writes full-time and runs five-day life writing retreats

Hop Dac is Deputy Editor at Kill Your Darlings journal. He has worked variously in independent publishing, independent theatre and the visual arts. Besides his work with KYD, he also edits for recalcitrant Adelaide outfit Paroxysm Press.