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The KYD New Critic Award and the KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award are designed to support the development of an early-career critic and early-career author, provide them with the opportunity to work with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The KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award

This award will assist an early-career author in the development of their unpublished manuscript. The award is open to writers of adult fiction and adult non-fiction.

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

Entries are now closed.

Please read the full KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award Submission Guidelines and Terms & Conditions here.

The judges for the KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award were Rebecca Starford, Hannah Kent and Penguin Random House commissioning editor Cate Blake.

The KYD New Critic Award

This award will assist the vocational development of an early-career critic. It is open to critics working in all fields of the arts (books, film, television, theatre, music, dance, performance, visual arts, etc).

The winner will receive $4000 prize money and a mentorship with KYD’s senior editorial staff, as well as publication of a maximum of eight works of criticism (max. 1500 words per piece) in Kill Your Darlings in 2017.

Entries are now closed.

The judges for the KYD New Critic Award in 2017 were publishing director Rebecca Starford and editor Alan Vaarwerk.

Ⓒ 2017 Kill Your Darlings

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