We are delighted to announce the longlist for the 2020 Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award.

Now in its fourth year, this award was established to support the development of early-career authors, provide them with the opportunity to work with industry professionals, and assist them in creating publishing pathways in the future.

This year, the award attracted a record 229 entries from across Australia.

Congratulations to all those on the 2020 longlist:

  • Mood by Roz Bellamy (nonfiction)
  • Abomination by Ashley Goldberg (fiction)
  • The Dead Falls by Joshua Kemp (fiction)
  • End, Kosciuszko by Joseph Kerr (fiction)
  • My Cities of Refuge by Daniel Kraus (nonfiction)
  • Mother by Yasmin Mobayad (fiction)
  • The Lies in Silence by Picorelli Pal (fiction)
  • The Push Back by Hayley Scrivenor (fiction)
  • The Curse of Khara Khoto by Liana Skrzypczak (fiction)
  • Gone From My Sight by Jem Tyley-Miller (fiction)

The judges for the 2020 award are Picador publisher Mathilda ImlahKYD​ publishing director Rebecca Starford and 2019 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award winner Sam van Zweden.

The shortlist will be announced on 15 July. All shortlisted writers will be awarded the KYD/Varuna Copyright Agency Fellowship, which will take place from Monday 21 to Sunday 28 September and includes:

  • 6 nights’ accommodation and all meals at the historic Varuna
  • Intensive and personalised editorial mentoring with KYD publishing director, Rebecca Starford, for the duration of the fellowship
  • Daily workshopping with other shortlisted writers
  • Additional professional development services facilitated by Varuna

The winner of the KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award will also receive a cash prize of $4000.

This project is supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.