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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.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.