Kill Your Darlings publishes regular content on our website, as well as a quarterly edition found in print and online. We publish fiction and non-fiction, and we have a particular interest in writing on culture, politics and society with a personal, anecdotal approach.

Kill Your Darlings pays all its contributors.


Kill Your Darlings currently only accepts submissions of NEW FICTION from KYD SUBSCRIBERS. This submission policy means we can prioritise the response time to and editorial feedback for these submissions, which is important to our commitment to nurturing and supporting emerging writers.

To submit new fiction to KYD, please click here.


For all NON-FICTION submissions, we first require a pitch – please do not send finished work. You do not need to be a subscriber to pitch your non-fiction to KYD, but we do prioritise pitches from subscribers.

To pitch to KYD, please email with the subject:
Print Pitch – Subscriber/Non-Subscriber
Online Pitch – Subscriber/Non-Subscriber
(Please include only the subscriber status relevant to you, with your pitch in the body of your email.)

Additional Info

We strongly recommend familiarising yourself with KYD in both print and online prior to submitting your work. The best way to know whether your writing will fit with us is to get to know our tone and style. We can always tell when a writer doesn’t know what we’re about, so please take the time to get a sense of what we do in advance.

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 writers from diverse backgrounds and at all levels of experience to pitch and submit to Kill Your Darlings.

In the interest of building a like-minded community, all writers pitching to Kill Your Darlings will be automatically added to our enews list. If you would like to opt out of this service, please indicate so in your email.

You can now subscribe to KYD from a little as $19.95. You can also purchase back issues of the magazine, which we’re retailing for the special price of $9.95.