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The KYD New Critic Award and the KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award are designed to support the development of an early-career critic and early-career author, provide them with the opportunity to work with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 is 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 close 11:59pm AEDT Friday 1 December 2017. Please read the full KYD New Critic Award Submission Guidelines and Terms & Conditions before submitting your entry.

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

The KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award

This award will assist an early-career author in the development of their unpublished manuscript.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 for the 2018 Award are opening soon.

Please read the full KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award Submission Guidelines and Terms & Conditions here.

The judges for the KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award were Rebecca Starford, Hannah Kent and Penguin Random House commissioning editor Cate Blake.


Ⓒ 2017 Kill Your Darlings

Design by The Company You Keep | Build by Cinch