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

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

It is with great pleasure and excitement that we announce the longlist for the 2017 Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award.

Held for the first time this year, 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 $5000 in prize money, donated by Kill Your Darlings, and a mentorship with KYD’s Rebecca Starford (non-fiction) or Hannah Kent (fiction).

The award attracted 235 entries from across Australia.

Congratulations to all those on the 2017 KYDUMA longlist:

Alice Bishop, A Constant Hum

Ashley Kalagian Blunt, Full of Donkey: Travels in Armenia

Amy Lovat, Halfway to Nowhere

Judi Morison, Singing Up the Birds

S.J. Norman, Permafrost

Sevana Ohandjanian, Black Grass

Joshua Pomare, The Survivor

Ellena Savage, Blueberries

Oliver Wakelin, Aos Si

Susan White, Cut

The judges for the KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award are Penguin Random House Commissioning Editor Cate Blake, KYD Publishing Directors Rebecca Starford and Hannah Kent, and KYD Fiction Editor, Ashleigh Hanson.

The shortlist will be announced on 21 June, and the overall winner of the Unpublished Manuscript Award on 19 July.