Kill Your Darlings quarterly edition accepts submissions of original writing all year around for KYD subscribers and during the months of March, June, September and December ONLY for non-subscribers. Please send through pitches at all times to

We strongly recommend familiarising yourself with Kill Your Darlings. The best way to know whether your writing will fit with us is to get to know our tone and style. Honestly, we can sniff from a mile off when a writer doesn’t know what we’re about so please check out what we do in advance.

To make it easier for you to get your mitts on KYD, we’re now selling back issues for only AUD$9.95 (postage is still free for Australian residents). Not only do you get discount copies of the publication, you can high-five yourself in the knowledge you’re supporting independent Australian publishing while giving your work the best possible chance of publication.

And to show how much we appreciate their support keeping us running day in, day out, KYD subscribers are able to submit work all year around, with submissions from both print and online subscribers prioritised. Please see the unique submission categories just for subscribers below. 

To become a subscriber, or to purchase back issues or indeed, the newest issue, simply visit our shop.


We encourage those who wish to submit essays, feature articles or reviews for Kill Your Darlings print journal to email a pitch to before submitting.

Pitches to our blog, Killings, are open throughout the month of October and can be sent to our Online Editor, Veronica Sullivan, at We generally publish pieces between 700-900 words, and do not publish fiction or poetry online. Please allow 7 days for a response, and do not send completed pieces. Killings publishes work by Australian writers only.


Kill Your Darlings will only accept ONE submission per writer so please only send us your best work. 

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 nonfiction submissions, that you include relevant details about previous publication.

Payment Rates

Kill Your Darlings pays all its writers, including contributors to the quarterly edition, Killings columnists, and writers of 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 three months, please know that we have not accepted your submission.

We automatically receipt all submissions, but we can’t provide feedback at this stage. If you are interested in having a short story, article or manuscript assessed, please find out more about our services here.

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