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.

Anthology: New Australian Fiction

Kill Your Darlings' inaugural anthology of new short fiction will be published in October 2019. We are currently accepting unsolicited submissions for consideration for this collection. All genres will be considered. 

We strongly recommend all prospective KYD contributors acquaint themselves with the fiction we publish to attain familiarity with our tone and style. We encourage writers from diverse backgrounds and all levels of experience to submit to this collection. 

You must be a KYD member to be considered. Memberships start from $17.50. 

Submissions close 5pm AEDT Thursday 31 January 2019.

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Fiction (Magazine)

In 2018, KYD magazine 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.

Fiction submissions for 2018 are currently closed.

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Non-fiction (Magazine)

In 2018, KYD magazine 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 $17.50, visit our Shop.

Non-fiction submissions for 2018 are currently closed.

Kill Your Darlings is now accepting unsolicited submissions to our inaugural Speculative Fiction/Fantasy Showcase, due to be published in the magazine in May 2019. We encourage writers from diverse backgrounds and all levels of experience to submit to this showcase. Please follow these guidelines on submission:

  • Submissions should be in PDF format, size 12, double spaced, Times New Roman font.
  • Stories must be between 2000–3000 words.
  • Stories (or a significant portion thereof) must be previously unpublished.
  • Include a short cover letter with relevant biography (no more than 50 words).
  • You must be a KYD Member to be considered. Memberships start from $17.50. 

Kill Your Darlings pays all of its contributors. Successful writers will be notified in mid-February and will be expected to undergo editing with KYD staff. Due to the expected volume of submissions, we will not be able to provide feedback on unsuccessful stories.

For more information, please contact info@killyourdarlings.com.au

Kill Your Darlings is now accepting unsolicited submissions to our inaugural anthology of new short fiction, due to be published in October 2019. All genres will be considered. 

We strongly recommend all prospective KYD contributors acquaint themselves with the fiction we publish to attain familiarity with our tone and style. We encourage writers from diverse backgrounds and all levels of experience to submit to this collection. 

Please follow these guidelines on submission:

  • Submissions should be in PDF format, size 12, double spaced, Times New Roman font.
  • Stories must be between 2000–6000 words.
  • Stories, or fragments of these stories, must be previously unpublished.
  • Only one submitted story per person will be considered.
  • Include a short cover letter with relevant biography (no more than 50 words).
  • You must be a KYD member to be considered. Memberships start from $17.50. 

Kill Your Darlings pays all of its contributors. Successful writers will be notified in early March 2019 and will be expected to undergo editing with KYD staff. Due to the expected volume of submissions, we will not be able to provide feedback on unsuccessful works.

For more information, please contact info@killyourdarlings.com.au.

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