KYD’s Story

Founded in Melbourne by Rebecca Starford and Hannah Kent in 2009, Kill Your Darlings (KYD) is one of Australia’s most lively and entertaining cultural magazines.

Our name comes from a quote regularly attributed to the American novelist William Faulkner: ‘In writing, you must kill all your darlings.’ Strong editorial values drive KYD. Our editors are passionate about the integrity of the writer and their ideas, and in the past ten years KYD has shown a commitment to writing that is insightful, generates discussion and tests boundaries.

KYD embraces both high- and low-brow culture, and publishes commentary, memoir, essays, fiction, cultural criticism, interviews and reviews. Our contributors include established and celebrated literary identities alongside new and emerging talent, such as Benjamin Law, Clementine Ford, Jane Caro, Rebecca Shaw, Gideon Haigh, Krissy Kneen, Maria Turmarkin, Jennifer Down, Omar Musa, Fiona Wright, Ellena Savage, Laura Elizabeth Woollett and Madison Griffiths. For a full list of contributors, please click here.

In 2017, KYD ceased publishing our flagship quarterly print magazine in order to focus our attention on our rapidly growing online publishing program. In addition to championing Australian writers, KYD also runs several early-career writing awards, produces a regular podcast, provides professional writing services such as workshops and manuscript assessments, and hosts literary events to foster engagement and discussion between writers and readers. In 2019 KYD will publish our first print collection of short stories, New Australian Fiction.

Our magazine is proudly independent. You can become a member for less than $1 a week.

Kill Your Darlings is produced primarily on unceded, sovereign Wurundjeri country, and we pay our respects to elders and custodians, past, present and future.


Kill Your Darlings is most grateful to our funding bodies who enable us to support the development and publication of quality Australian writing and writers. Our sincere thanks go to the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, and Australia Council, the Australian Government’s arts and funding advisory body.

Government Funding


Special Projects and Training

Library Partner

Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre 

Small Press Network

Kill Your Darlings is a member of the Small Press Network (SPN), a representative body for small and independent publishers in Australia.


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