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The KYD New Critic Award and the KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award are designed to support the development of an early-career critic and early-career author, provide them with the opportunity to work with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 will assist the vocational development of an early-career critic. In 2018, the New Critic award was open to book critics only.

The winner will receive $3,000 prize money, consisting of a $1,000 cash prize and the publication of a regular books column (at least 5 long-form articles) with Kill Your Darlings in 2018. The winner will also receive a mentorship with KYD’s senior editorial staff.

Entries are now closed – view our winner’s announcement here.

The full KYD New Critic Award Submission Guidelines and Terms & Conditions can be found here.

The judges for the KYD New Critic Award in 2018 were editor Alan Vaarwerk and writer, critic and co-founder of the Stella Prize and Small Press Network Louise Swinn.

The KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award

In 2018, the KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award is once again open to writers of adult fiction and adult narrative non-fiction, and seeks to support writers in the development of their unpublished manuscripts.

Entries are now open – click here for more details.

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

Key Dates:

Submissions open 9am (AEDT) Monday 15 January 2018.
Submissions close 11:59pm (AEDT) Saturday 31 March 2018.
Longlisted entrants will be announced on Friday 8 June 2018, and shortlisted entrants announced on Friday 22 June 2018.
The winner of the KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award will be announced on Friday 6 July 2018.

Please read our 2018 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award Submission Guidelines and Terms & Conditions here.

The judges for the 2018 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award are KYD Publishing Directors Rebecca Starford and Hannah Kent, and Curtis Brown literary agent Pippa Masson.


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