KYD awards supporting early-career writers

The KYD New Critic Award, KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award and KYD School Writing Prize are designed to support the development of early career writers, providing them with financial support, the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.

The KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award seeks to support writers of adult narrative fiction and non-fiction in the development of their unpublished manuscripts.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 will receive a week-long KYD/Varuna Copyright Agency Fellowship, at Varuna, the Writers’ House, in the Blue Mountains, from Monday, 30 September to Sunday, 6 October.

The winner of the 2019 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award, to be announced after the fellowship, will receive a $4000 cash prize.

Entries are open from Friday 1 March to 5pm AEST Tuesday 30 April 2019. 

The judges for the 2019 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award are KYD Publishing Director Rebecca Starford, 2018 Unpublished Manuscript Award winner Nicole McAlinden and Allen & Unwin publisher Jane Palfreyman.

The winner of the 2018 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award was Nicole McAlinden (WA) for her manuscript Little Did I Know.

The winner of the 2017 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award was Onyx B. Carmine (VIC) for their manuscript Permafrost.

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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.

Entries are open from Tuesday 23 April to 5pm AEST Friday 28 June 2019. Winners will be announced at a special event in August 2019.

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

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. 

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.

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