KYD is proud to offer a range of writing awards designed to support the development of early career writers, providing them with financial support, the opportunity to work with industry professionals, and assist them in creating publishing pathways in the future.
KYD School Writing Prize
The KYD School Writing Prize is designed to give a voice to young people writing about the issues that concern them. We’re seeking entries of up to 1500 words in either fiction and non-fiction, with students responding to a current social or political issue. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize, editorial support and publication in KYD.
Entry to the KYD Student Writing Prize is open exclusively to KYD School Members and their students. There is no additional entry fee. To find out more about KYD School Memberships, click here.
There were two winners of the 2019 School Writing Prize: Bryce Groves (non-fiction) and Faye Velasquez (fiction). Read Bryce’s winning essay, ‘Normal’, and Faye’s winning story, ‘Ovals, Ovals’. The judges for the 2019 KYD School Writing Prize were KYD Publishing Director Rebecca Starford and award-winning author and poet Maxine Beneba Clarke.
The 2020 School Writing Prize will be judged by award-winning author Alice Pung and KYD editor Alan Vaarwerk. Entries will open on Monday 27 April and close on Friday 3 July.
KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award
The KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award seeks to support writers of adult narrative fiction and non-fiction in the development of their unpublished manuscripts.
All shortlisted entrants receive a week-long KYD/Varuna Copyright Agency Fellowship, at Varuna, the Writers’ House, in the Blue Mountains. The winner, announced after the fellowship, will receive a $4000 cash prize.
The judges for the 2019 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award are KYD Publishing Director Rebecca Starford, 2018 Unpublished Manuscript Award winner Nicole McAlinden and Allen & Unwin publisher Jane Palfreyman.
KYD/Varuna Copyright Agency Fellowship supported by:
KYD New Critic Award
This award assists the vocational development of an early-career critic across all artforms.
The winner receives $3000 prize money, consisting of a $1000 cash prize (generously sponsored in 2020 by the Monash School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics) and the publication of a 1-year regular column (at least 5 long-form articles) working closely with Kill Your Darlings editors. Two runners-up will also have their work published in KYD.
Judges for the 2019 Award were 2019 New Critic Cher Tan, book critic and Monash University lecturer Melinda Harvey, and senior KYD staff.
2020 Award supported by:
Monash Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing
The Monash Prize is a significant literary award for new and emerging writers, open to both Australian and New Zealand university students, enrolled in either an undergraduate or honours degree. All types of creative writing between 1,500-3,000 words will be accepted, including short stories, non-fiction narrative and narrative verse.
The winning entry will be published in Verge, Monash University’s annual creative writing anthology, and Kill Your Darlings. The overall winner receives a cash prize of $4,000, and the highest placed Monash University student receives $1,000.