Kill Your Darlings publishes commentary, essays, memoir, reviews, and interviews online.
We strongly recommend to all who submit that they read KYD to acquaint themselves with the material we publish, and to attain familiarity with our tone and style.
We encourage writers from diverse backgrounds and at all levels of experience to pitch and submit to KYD.
Kill Your Darlings pays all of its contributors.
Please note that Submittable is a separate platform to the KYD website, so you’ll need to create a new account there and cannot use your KYD login details.
The KYD Regional Victorian Writers Program is now open to writers throughout Victoria. Submissions are now open for commentary, essays, memoir and fiction to be published online in Kill Your Darlings magazine.
Submissions close 5pm AEDT 31 October 2020. For more information and to pitch or submit your writing to Kill Your Darlings, visit our Submittable page.
We are now accepting non-fiction pitches and submissions from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers wanting to work with Jasmin McGaughey, Kill Your Darlings‘ First Nations Editor-in-Residence. For more information and to pitch or submit your writing to Kill Your Darlings, visit our Submittable page.
Please note this portal is exclusively open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers, and KYD Membership is not required.
Non-fiction pitches are currently closed and will re-open in October.
KYD accepts unsolicited pitches from KYD Members at various times throughout the year. This policy allows us to increase payment to our writers, pay our staff and provide timely feedback where possible. To become a KYD Member from $39.95, visit our Shop.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers are invited to pitch without the need for a KYD Membership.
For more information and to pitch or submit your writing to Kill Your Darlings, visit our Submittable page.
Fiction submissions are currently closed. Submissions for New Australian Fiction 2021 will reopen early next year.
KYD publishes a yearly short story anthology titled New Australian Fiction. Submissions for the 2020 edition are now closed. We will announce details for submissions to the 2021 edition in due course.
We strongly recommend all prospective contributors acquaint themselves with the 2019 New Australian Fiction anthology and the fiction we publish more broadly to attain familiarity with our tone and style. We encourage writers from diverse backgrounds and all levels of experience to submit to this collection. All genres will be considered.
You must be a KYD member to be considered. To become a KYD Member from $39.95, visit our Shop.
Entries for the 2020 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award are now open. Entries close at 5pm AEST Thursday 30 April 2020. For more information, click here.