KYD awards supporting early-career writers

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.

Current / Upcoming Awards

The KYD School Writing Prize is designed to develop, mentor, edit and publish the work of two writers from Australian secondary schools. 

We’re seeking entries of up to 1500 words in the categories of fiction and non-fiction, with students responding to a current social or political issue. The two winners 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.

Submissions close 5pm (AEST) Friday 28 June 2019. The shortlist will be announced on the KYD website in August, with the winners announced at a special event.

Please read our 2019 KYD School Writing Prize Terms & Conditions here.

The judges for the 2019 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award are KYD Publishing Director Rebecca Starford and award-winning author and poet Maxine Beneba Clarke.

Not sure how to write for a literary magazine? Download our information resources full of guidelines and useful tips on tone, style and structuring your argument.

Fiction – Non-fiction – Pre-submission Checklist

Past Awards

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 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.

The winner of the 2019 New Critic Award is Cher Tan (VIC), with Kaya Wilson (NSW) and Viv Cutbush (TAS) runners up.

The winner of the 2018 New Critic Award was Kylie Maslen (SA).

The winner of the 2017 New Critic Award was Stephanie Eslake (TAS).

The recipient of the 2019 New Critic Award will be announced in January. Judges for the 2019 Award were KYD Editor Alan Vaarwerk, 2018 New Critic Kylie Maslen and KYD Publication Manager Alice Cottrell.

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 VergeMonash 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.

Read the 2018 winner, Aileen Westbrook’s ‘Mistook’.

Entries are now closed. The shortlist will be announced on Wednesday 1 May, with the winner announced
Wednesday 19 June.

Presented in association with Monash University and the Emerging Writers’ Festival.

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 of the 2019 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award, will be 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.

The winner of the 2018 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award was Nicole McAlinden (WA) for her manuscript Little Did I Know.

The winner of the 2017 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award was Onyx B. Carmine (VIC) for their manuscript Permafrost.

Entries are now closed. The longlist will be announced on Monday 1 July and the shortlist on Monday 15 July, with shortlisted entrants taking part in the KYD/Varuna Copyright Agency Fellowship from Monday 30 September to Sunday 6 October. The winner will be announced in late November/early December.

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