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. 

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Non-fiction (Magazine)

KYD magazine currently only accepts unsolicited non-fiction pitches from KYD Members. This policy allows us to increase payment to our writers, and to provide timely feedback where possible. To become a KYD Member from $32.95, visit our Shop.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers are invited to pitch without the need for a KYD Membership.

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Fiction 

KYD publishes a yearly short story anthology titled New Australian Fiction. Submissions for the 2020 edition are now closed. We will announce details for submissions to the 2021 edition in due course. All genres will be considered.

We strongly recommend all prospective contributors acquaint themselves with the 2019 New Australian Fiction anthology and the fiction we publish more broadly 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. To become a KYD Member from $32.95, visit our Shop.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers are invited to submit without the need for a KYD Membership.

Submissions close 2 March 2020.

We are now accepting pitches and submissions from writers wanting specifically to work with Jasmin McGaughey, Kill Your Darlings' First Nations Editor-in-Residence. 

Please note this portal is exclusively open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers. For other writing opportunities, please visit our website.

 

What we're looking for:  

  • Essay/Commentary (1000–2000 words) that analyses a cultural, political or societal issue, particuarly one that readers may not understand the nuances or implications of. Longer, investigative feature essays (2000–3000 words) will also be considered.
  • Memoir or personal essay (1000–1500 words) that reflects or engages with any aspect of life, identity and culture.
  • Cultural criticism (1000–1500 words) that engages or illuminates a piece of culture, particularly one that has wider ramifications for society or reflects broader trends.
  • Jasmin is particularly interested in pieces that reflect on the lands we are privileged to live on, how people are living during this time of rapid climate change, and the different ways in which we are connected to land. She would especially love to commission pieces that revolve around the Torres Strait Islands, and inspirational, uplifting pieces. 


Who we're looking for:  

  • 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 pitches from writers at all levels of experience, as well as writers from rural and regional areas. 
  • We recommend becoming familiar with Kill Your Darlings' tone and style before pitching or submitting.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers are invited to submit pitches without the need for a KYD Membership. If you would like to subscribe, 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.) While we prefer pitches, completed works will also be accepted. 

Kill Your Darlings pays all of its contributors.


Please note: Unfortunately publication slots are very limited, and we cannot accept all the work we would like to. We endeavour to respond to pitches within 1 month of submission, though can sometimes take longer at certain busy times of the year. If your pitch is relevant to a specific date, please let us know. You are welcome to submit to multiple publications (if you are successful elsewhere, please withdraw your submission from KYD). If we would like to publish your piece but do not have capacity to do so with the First Nations Editor-in-Residence, we will contact you to discuss the option of working with another KYD editor.

The KYD Regional Victorian Writers Program is open to writers living in regional Victoria. Submissions are now open for commentary, essays, memoir and fiction to be published online in Kill Your Darlings magazine. 

KYD and Writers Victoria define regional Victorian writers as those who live more than 50km from the Melbourne GPO.

Who we're looking for:
 

  • 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 pitches from writers from diverse backgrounds and at all levels of experience. We're especially keen to hear from Indigenous and CALD writers. 
  • We strongly recommend becoming familiar with Kill Your Darlings' tone and style before pitching or submitting.

What we're looking for:
 

  • Essay/Commentary (1000–2000 words) that analyses a cultural, political or societal issue, particularly one that readers may not understand the nuances or implications of. Longer, investigative feature essays (2000–3000 words) will also be considered.
  • Memoir or personal essay (1000–1500 words) that reflects or engages with any aspect of life, identity and culture.
  • Cultural criticism (1000–1500 words) that engages or illuminates a piece of culture, particularly one that has wider ramifications for society or reflects broader trends.
  • Fiction (2000-4000 words) of any genre.
  • Work that doesn't quite fit within the above categories but you think would be a good fit for us!

 
If your piece is essay/commentary, memoir, personal essay or cultural criticism, 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.) If your piece is fiction then please send us a completed piece.

Kill Your Darlings pays all of its contributors.


Please note: Unfortunately publication slots are very limited, and we cannot accept all the work we would like to. We endeavour to respond to pitches within 1 month of submission, though can sometimes take longer at certain busy times of the year. If your pitch is relevant to a specific date, please let us know. You are welcome to submit to multiple publications (if you are successful elsewhere, please withdraw your submission from KYD).

This award will assist an early-career author in the development of their unpublished manuscript. The award is open to writers of all genres of adult narrative fiction and non-fiction. Short story collections will be considered.

Four shortlisted writers will be awarded the KYD/Varuna Copyright Agency Fellowship, involving a one-week residency at Varuna, the Writers' House in the Blue Mountains. More information here.

The winner will receive a $4000 cash prize, to be announced after the Fellowship. 

Submissions open Monday 2 March 2020.
Submissions close 5pm AEST Tuesday 30 April 2020.
Longlisted entrants will be announced on Monday 1 June, and shortlisted entrants announced on Monday 15 June.

The KYD/Varuna Copyright Agency Fellowship for shortlisted entrants will take place from Monday 31 August to Sunday 6 September at Varuna the Writers House, Katoomba NSW.

The winner of the KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award will be announced in late November/early December 2020.

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