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.

FICTION

In 2018, KYD will only consider unsolicited fiction submissions from KYD Members. This policy enables us to prioritise the reading of work from our members and provide as much timely editorial feedback as possible.

NON-FICTION

In 2018, KYD will only accept unsolicited 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 $14.95, visit our Shop.

Kill Your Darlings publishes commentary, essays, memoir, reviews, interviews online. We strongly recommend all prospective KYD contributors acquaint themselves with the material we publish, and attain familiarity with our tone and style. We encourage writers from diverse backgrounds and at all levels of experience to pitch and submit to KYD. Kill Your Darlings pays all of its contributors.

Only pitches from active KYD Members will be accepted. To become a member from just $14.95, click here

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 regularly publishes short fiction online.

We strongly recommend all prospective KYD contributors acquaint themselves with the material we publish, and attain familiarity with our tone and style. We encourage writers from diverse backgrounds and at all levels of experience to pitch and submit to KYD. Kill Your Darlings pays all of its contributors.

Only submissions from active KYD Members will be accepted. To become a member from just $14.95, click here
Ends on March 31, 2018

This award will assist an early-career author in the development of their unpublished manuscript.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 Monday 15 January 2018.
Submissions close 11:59pm AEDT Saturday 31 March 2018.
Longlisted entrants will be announced on Friday 8 June 2018, and shortlisted entrants announced on Friday 22 June 2018.
The winner of the KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award will be announced on Friday 6 July 2018.

** PLEASE NOTE: You must have a current full-year (12 months) KYD Membership at time of submission to enter. To subscribe from $29.95, please visit here.

Please read the full 2018 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award Submission Guidelines and Terms & Conditions here.