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.

COMING SOON: KYD's inaugural fiction anthology

Kill Your Darlings is delighted to announce that our inaugural anthology of new short fiction will be published in October 2019. From 5 November, we will accept 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. 

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  • Stories, or fragments of these stories, must be previously unpublished.
  • 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.

Submissions open 5 November

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FICTION

In 2018, KYD 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

In 2018, KYD 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.

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STATE & TERRITORY SHOWCASES

In 2018 Kill Your Darlings is running a series of state and territory showcases, shining a spotlight on writers outside the south-eastern cultural centres. Special callouts for pitches and submissions for these showcases will be made throughout the year. 

In 2018 Kill Your Darlings is running a series of state and territory showcases, shining a spotlight on writers outside the south-eastern cultural centres by publishing a range of voices writing from and about their home. Our South Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania and Western Australia Showcases have featured some fantastic memoir, fiction and political commentary – our final showcase for the year, coming up in November, will focus on Queensland.
 

Who we're looking for:
 

  • Writers from, living in or with a significant connection to Queensland. These sorts of definitions are always flexible – but essentially, if you think of yourself as 'a Queensland writer', we'd love to hear from you. We're especially keen to hear from Indigenous and CALD writers, as well as writers from rural and regional areas. 
  • 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 strongly recommend becoming familiar with Kill Your Darlings' tone and style before pitching or submitting.
  • KYD Membership is not required for Showcase submissions (though always encouraged!)

  What we're looking for:
 

  • Essay/Commentary (1500–3000 words) that sheds light on a local political or cultural issue, particuarly one that readers outside Queensland may not understand the nuances or implications of. 
  • Memoir or personal essay (1000-1500 words) that reflects or engages with any aspect of Queensland life, identity or culture.
  • Cultural criticism (1000-1500 words) that engages or illuminates a piece of Queensland culture, particularly one that has wider ramifications for Australia more broadly.
  • Short fiction (2000–5000 words) that reflects or engages with any aspect of Queensland life, identity or culture.

Please note that we do not accept poetry, video or artwork submissions.

Your submission 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 submitting non-fiction, we prefer pitches to completed pieces.
 

Kill Your Darlings pays all contributors.

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

Guidelines

1. To enter you must be an Australian resident. 

2. To enter you must have a current Kill Your Darlings Membership at time of submission. To subscribe from just $17.50, please click here

3. You must be 18 years of age or over at time of submission.

4. Submissions close at 11:59pm (AEDT) Friday 2 November 2018. Entries submitted after the closing date will not be considered. 

5. Entries must be submitted using the Kill Your Darlings New Critic Award Submittable portal, a link to which can be found on our website. Submitting requires a free Submittable account – this is separate from the account associated with your KYD Membership. Entries submitted by email (unless in exceptional circumstances and with express written permission from Kill Your Darlings) will not be considered.

6. Entries must comprise the following three sections:

a. Section 1: A description of your interest, knowledge and/or involvement within your proposed category, an explanation of how your work as New Critic will further critical understanding of your proposed category, and of how the Award would benefit your career as a writer and critic. (max. 400 words).

b. Section 2: Two pitches/short outlines (max. 200 words each) for suggested pieces of criticism that you would write for Kill Your Darlings in yourrole as New Critic. 

c. Section 3: A one-page maximum overview of your relevant previous writing experience. This may include links to a maximum of two pieces of published writing you feel represent your tone and voice (these do not necessarily need to be works of criticism, though it is encouraged). If you have had no work published or available online, these links can also be to a PDF file of your work hosted via Dropbox or Google Drive (please ensure access is granted to view these files). 

7. Entries must be submitted as one single PDF, set up as an A4 double-spaced document in 12 pt Times New Roman (or equivalent) font with 3cm margins and page numbers on each page.

8. Only one entry per person will be accepted.

9. The decision of the judges is final. The judges will not enter into any correspondence and no individual feedback will be provided to entrants.

10.  By submitting your entry you agree to the Award Terms & Conditions, available here.

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