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. Our minimum standard pay rate is $300 for an article of 1000-1500 words, and $100 for a book review of between 400-500 words.

Active submission portals will appear below. For upcoming projects and submission dates, visit our Write For KYD page.

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 submissions are now open for commentary, essays, memoir, reviews and interviews to be published online in Kill Your Darlings magazine in early 2022. 

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. We're currently particularly interested to read smart, accessible pitches about video games and internet culture.
  • Work that doesn't quite fit within the above categories but you think would be a good fit for us!
  • We always encourage feel-good or funny pitches (to give us a break from the news)!

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 contributors. Our minimum standard pay rate is $300 for an article of 1000-1500 words, and $100 for a book review of between 400-500 words.

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).

Find out more about the Award here.

Guidelines

  • To enter you must be an Australian resident or citizen. 
  • To enter you must have a current Kill Your Darlings Individual Membership at time of submission. To subscribe from $49.95, please click here. (Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers are invited to enter without a membership.)
  • You must be 18 years of age or over at time of submission.
  • Submissions close at 11:59pm (AEDT) Tuesday 30 November 2021. Entries submitted after the closing date will not be considered. 
  • Entries must be submitted using this Submittable portal. 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 prior permission from Kill Your Darlings) will not be considered.


Entries must comprise the following three sections:

— 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)

— Section 2: Two pitches/short outlines (max. 200 words each) for suggested pieces of criticism that you would write for Kill Your Darlings in your role as New Critic. (Tips on crafting a strong pitch can be found here.)

— 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). 

  • Entries must be submitted as one single PDF, set up as an A4 double-spaced document in 12 pt Times New Roman (or similar) font with page numbers on each page.
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted.
  • The decision of the judges is final. The judges will not enter into any correspondence and no individual feedback will be provided to entrants.
  • By submitting your entry you agree to the Award Terms & Conditions, available here.
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