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Image: ‘DangerPup’, Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Kill Your Darlings is thrilled to announce the opening of our inaugural Unpublished Manuscript Award.

The award is designed to support the development of an early-career author, provide them with the opportunity to work with industry professionals, and assist them in creating publishing pathways in the future.

The winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a mentorship with KYD’s judges Rebecca Starford (non-fiction) or Hannah Kent (fiction).

This award will assist an early-career author in the development of their unpublished manuscript. The award is open to writers of adult fiction and adult non-fiction. You must be a KYD member to enter this award. You can become a member from as little as $14.95.

KYD is also delighted to welcome Cate Blake, Commissioning Editor at Penguin Random House, to the judging panel.

To enter the KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award, click here. Entries are open until 11:59pm AEDT 31 March 2017.

For full submission guidelines, terms and conditions, please click here.