New awards supporting early-career writers

The KYD New Critic Award and the KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award are designed to support the development of an early-career critic and early-career author, provide them with the opportunity to work with industry professionals, and assist them in creating publishing pathways in the future.

The KYD New Critic Award

This award assists the vocational development of an early-career critic across all artforms.

The winner receives $3,000 prize money, consisting of a $1,000 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 2018 New Critic Award is 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 are KYD Editor Alan Vaarwerk and 2018 New Critic Kylie Maslen.

The KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award

The KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award seeks to support writers of adult narrative fiction and non-fiction in the development of their unpublished manuscripts.

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

Entries are now closed. 

The judges for the 2018 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award were KYD Publishing Directors Rebecca Starford and Hannah Kent, and Curtis Brown literary agent Pippa Masson.

The winner of the 2018 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award is Nicole McAlinden (WA) for her manuscript Little Did I Know.

The winner of the 2017 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award was Onyx B. Carmine (VIC) for their manuscript Permafrost.

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