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New Australian Fiction 2020 – Submissions now open!

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KYD’s Best of 2019

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At the end of another bumper year of arts and culture, KYD staff and contributors take you through some of their highlights of the year in books, film and TV, podcasts and beyond. 

Politics & Society

An Air of Dread

Fiona Wright

As Australia chokes on bushfire smoke, there is an understanding of the physical risks – but the mental impact of this new reality, while harder to quantify, is no less painful.


New Australian Fiction 2019 out now!

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The False Promise of the On-Demand Economy

Cher Tan

When convenience becomes codependence, and leisure gives way to efficiency, who really benefits?

Politics & Society

Artists of the World Unite

Benjamin Clark

On top of insecure work and wage stagnation, artists and arts workers face the additional burden of being expected to ‘do it for the love’. But patches of resistance are emerging, as workers and trade unions adapt their organising methods to better fit creatives.


Ten Year Challenge

Lech Blaine

A decade after graduating, a disastrous speech at my old high school forced me to confront the future I thought I’d have. At the end of a year packed with tributes to the past and commitments to the future, I am rethinking what it means to be successful.

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New Australian Fiction 2019 – out now!

Our first print collection of short fiction is out now! New Australian Fiction showcases 18 exciting new stories from established and emerging writers from all corners of the country.

Featuring: Tony Birch • Zoë Bradley • Mikaella Clements • Craig Cormick • Laura Elvery • Andrea Gillum • Anne Hotta • Joshua Kemp • Jack Kirne • Julie Koh • Wayne Marshall • Chloe Michele • A.S. Patrić • Allee Richards • Melanie Saward • Gretchen Shirm • Khalid Warsame • Laura Elizabeth Woollett

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