Writing Awards and Prizes

KYD offers a range of writing awards and prizes designed to support the development of early career writers, providing them with financial support, the opportunity to work with industry professionals, and assisting them in creating publishing pathways in the future.

The Desperate Literature Prize

An international award for an original work of short fiction under 2000 words. The award includes cash prizes, an artist’s residency in Umbria, Italy, and a consultation with a London-based literary agent, publication in an anthology and one of nine partner magazines, including KYD. Judges are Ottessa Moshfegh, Derek Owusu and Isabel Waidner. Submissions close 15 April 2021.

The KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award

An annual award with a cash prize of $4000 that offers editorial development and a residency for the shortlisted writers at Varuna.

The KYD School Writing Prize

An annual prize designed to give a voice to young people writing about the issues that concern them, with $500 cash awarded to the author of the winning piece of fiction or non-fiction.

The KYD New Critic Award

An annual prize of $3000 ($1000 cash prize + paid column) that assists the vocational development of an early-career critic across all artforms.

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