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. 

Please note that Submittable, where we accept pitches and submissions, is a separate platform to the KYD website, so you’ll need to create a new account here and cannot use your KYD login details.

Non-fiction 

Non-fiction pitches are currently closed, and will reopen on 17 May.

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.

Fiction 

KYD publishes a yearly short story anthology titled New Australian Fiction. Submissions are currently closed. 

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, 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 Allanah Hunt, 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.
  • Allanah is particularly interested in works discussing how First Nations creatively talk back to institutional racism and content that negatively portrays Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the different genres First Nations writers use to share their words, the experiences of First Nations people in academia and First Nations incarceration.
  • 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.

Non-fiction submissions are now open for commentary, essays, memoir, reviews and interviews to be published online in Kill Your Darlings magazine in 2021. 

What we're looking for: 

  • Intelligent and accessible Essay/Commentary (1000–2000 words) that analyses a cultural, political or societal issue of interest to KYD's progressive and engaged readership. Longer, investigative feature essays (2000–3000 words) will also be considered.
  • Memoir or personal essay (1000–1500 words) that reflects on or tells us something broader about society, identity and/or culture.
  • Smart, entertaining Cultural criticism (1000–1500 words) that illuminates or engages with works and trends in art, literature or pop culture.
  • Work that doesn't quite fit within the above categories but you think would be a good fit for us!

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’re especially keen to hear from people from diverse and/or marginalised backgrounds, as well as writers from rural and regional areas. 
  • We strongly recommend becoming familiar with Kill Your Darlings' tone and style before pitching or submitting.
  • Only pitches from current KYD Members will be accepted*. To become a member, visit our Shop
  • * Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers are invited to submit pitches without the need for a KYD Membership. Alternatively, First Nations writers are invited to pitch directly to KYD's First Nations Editor-in-Residence.

Your pitch should include a relevant biography, a short description of the proposed article, length, and why it makes a good fit for KYD. Check out our tips on pitching for more on how to craft a strong pitch. Attached files will only be considered in addition to a strong pitch.

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).

Now in its third year, the KYD School Writing Prize gives a voice to young people exploring aspects of contemporary life and society that concern them. 

We seek entries of between 1000 and 1500 words in either fiction and non-fiction, with students responding to a current social or political issue. The winner receives a $500 cash prize, editorial support and publication in KYD.

In 2021, the KYD School Writing Prize will be judged by award-winning author Alice Pung and KYD editor Alan Vaarwerk.

Entries for the 2021 prize opened on 19 April. Due to the Victorian lockdown we've extended the closing date to midnight AEST 25 June.

PLEASE NOTE: Entry to the KYD Student Writing Prize is open exclusively to KYD School Members and their students. There is no additional entry fee. To find out more about KYD School Memberships, click here.

• Only one entry per student will be accepted. If you submit multiple works, only the first will be considered. (There is no limit on the amount of entries per school, or teacher submitting on students’ behalf.)

• Please read the full 2021 KYD School Writing Prize Submission Guidelines and Terms & Conditions here. Please note that this Submittable portal is separate to the KYD website, so your KYD login details or IP access won't work here. Using this service requires the creation of a separate Submittable account.

• Download our guide to preparing work for submission to the prize.

• Please email info@killyourdarlings.com.au if you have any questions!

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