Non-Fiction – KYD Magazine

Non-fiction submissions are now open for commentary, essays, memoir, reviews and interviews to be published online in Kill Your Darlings magazine in March and April 2020. 

What we're looking for: 

  • Essay/Commentary (1000–2000 words) that analyses a cultural, political or societal issue, particuarly one that readers may not understand the nuances or implications of. Longer, investigative feature essays (2000–3000 words) will also be considered.
  • Memoir or personal essay (1000–1500 words) that reflects or engages with any aspect of life, identity and culture.
  • Cultural criticism (1000–1500 words) that engages or illuminates a piece of culture, particularly one that has wider ramifications for society or reflects broader trends.
  • Work that doesn't quite fit within the above categories but you think would be a good fit for us!

Some topics we're particularly interested in this month:

  • Smart, entertaining essays on film and TV
  • Entertaining literary criticism that compares publishing trends and themes across several texts
  • Commentary on issues concerning working writers and the publishing industry
  • Memoir pieces that tell us something broader about society
  • Pitches that make us laugh! 

Who we're looking for: 

  • Kill Your Darlings is proud to publish writers at varying stages of their careers, from new and emerging voices to established and well-known writers. We encourage pitches from writers from diverse backgrounds and at all levels of experience. We're especially keen to hear from Indigenous and CALD writers, as well as writers from rural and regional areas. 
  • We strongly recommend becoming familiar with Kill Your Darlings' tone and style before pitching or submitting.
  • Only pitches from current KYD Members will be accepted*. To become a member, visit our Shop
  • * Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers are invited to submit pitches without the need for a KYD Membership.
  • Writers in regional Victoria are encouraged to submit via our Regional Victorian Writers Program submissions portal.

Your pitch should include a relevant biography, a short description of the proposed article, length, and why it makes a good fit for KYD. (Further tips on crafting a strong pitch can be found here.) Please do not send completed works.

Kill Your Darlings pays all of its contributors.

Please note: Unfortunately publication slots are very limited, and we cannot accept all the work we would like to. We endeavour to respond to pitches within 1 month of submission, though can sometimes take longer at certain busy times of the year. If your pitch is relevant to a specific date, please let us know. You are welcome to submit to multiple publications (if you are successful elsewhere, please withdraw your submission from KYD).


Wednesday 12 February, 2020
Saturday 29 February, 2020
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