Kill Your Darlings publishes commentary, essays, memoir, reviews and interviews online, with a particular interest in writing on culture, politics and society with a personal, accessible approach.
If you’d like to pitch to KYD we strongly recommend that you read our content first to familiarise yourself 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. We’ve put together a list of tips on pitching to help you put your best pitch forward.
Kill Your Darlings pays all contributors.
Non-fiction pitches will reopen in January.
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, visit our Shop.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers are invited to submit pitches to KYD's general callout without the need for a KYD Membership. Alternatively, First Nations writers are invited to pitch directly to KYD's First Nations Editor-in-Residence.
KYD publishes a yearly short story anthology titled New Australian Fiction. Submissions are open now and will close on 26 February 2021. All genres will be considered.
We strongly recommend all prospective contributors acquaint themselves with the 2019 and 2020 editions of New Australian Fiction 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.
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.
- Note: Due to editorial capacity, at present KYD is not seeking submissions on or responding to the coronavirus crisis.
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.
Kill Your Darlings is now accepting unsolicited submissions to our third anthology of new short fiction, due to be published in September 2021. All genres will be considered.
We strongly recommend all prospective KYD contributors acquaint themselves with the 2019 and 2020 editions of New Australian Fiction to attain familiarity with the tone and style of fiction we publish. 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 substantial portions 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 $39.95. (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers are invited to submit without the need for a KYD Membership.)
Kill Your Darlings pays all of its contributors. All writers will be notified of the outcome of their submission in March-April 2021. Successful writers 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.
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