Entries are now open for the 2018 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award!

Now in its second year, the KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award was established to support the development of an early-career author, provide them with the opportunity to work with industry professionals,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 2017 award attracted over 240 entries from around Australia, with Onyx B. Carmine named the winner for their manuscript, Permafrost, a collection of contemporary stories that impressed the judges with the calibre of its prose and moody, compelling storytelling. Carmine, as well as several other longlisted and shortlisted entrants, have since found representation with literary agents; longlisted entrant Joshua Pomare has also secured a publishing contract in Australia (Hachette) and in the US (Putnam).

The KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award is open to writers of adult fiction and adult narrative non-fiction, and seeks to support writers in the development of their unpublished manuscripts.

The winner will receive $5000 in prize money and a mentorship with KYD’s Rebecca Starford (non-fiction) or Hannah Kent (fiction).

To enter, you must have a current full-year (12 months) KYD Membership at time of submission. To subscribe from $29.95, please visit here.

(Current members with subscriptions less than one year can use the ‘Switch Subscription’ link in My Account to upgrade their membership.)

Submissions close 11:59pm (AEDT) Saturday 31 March 2018.

Longlisted entrants will be announced on Friday 8 June 2018, and shortlisted entrants announced on Friday 22 June 2018.

The winner of the KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award will be announced on Friday 6 July 2018.

Please read our 2018 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award Submission Guidelines and Terms & Conditions here.

The judges for the 2018 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award are KYD Publishing Directors Rebecca Starford and Hannah Kent and Curtis Brown literary agent Pippa Masson.