Entries are now open for the 2019 KYD New Critic Award! Now in its third year, this award will assist the vocational development of an early-career critic.

In 2019, the New Critic Award is once again open to critics working in all fields of arts and culture (books, film, television, theatre, music, dance, performance, visual arts, etc). This year we’re particularly interested in writing that speaks to the changing nature of arts criticism – whether that be critiquing an underexamined art form, experimenting with prose style and structure, or highlighting new or underrepresented voices and perspectives.

The winner will receive a total of $3000 prize money, consisting of a $1000 cash prize and a regular paid column (5 long-form articles) in 2019, working closely with KYD editorial staff. Two runners up will each have the opportunity to publish one of their pitch proposals in KYD in 2019 (paid at KYD’s standard contributor rate).

To read the guidelines and to make a submission, go to the submissions page. Entries are open from now until 11:59pm AEDT Friday 2 November 2018.

You must have a current KYD membership to be eligible for this award. You can become a member from $17.50. 

Entries are open to writers all over Australia, including rural and regional areas; we strongly encourage writers identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, CALD, LGBTQI and/or having a disability to apply.

The winner of the KYD New Critic Award will be announced in January 2019.

The full KYD New Critic Award Submission Guidelines and Terms & Conditions can be found here.

The judges for the 2019 Award are Kill Your Darlings Editor Alan Vaarwerk and 2018 New Critic winner Kylie Maslen.

Good luck!