Kill Your Darlings quarterly edition accepts submissions of original writing during the months of March, June, September and December ONLY. Please send through pitches at all times to

We strongly recommend you familiarise yourself with Kill Your Darlings’ style and content. You can visit our store to subscribe, purchase the latest issue, or purchase back issues at a discounted rate.


We encourage those who wish to submit essays, feature articles or reviews for Kill Your Darlings print journal to email a pitch to before submitting.

Pitches and submissions to our blog Killings are currently closed and will reopen in July. Killings publishes work by Australian writers only.


Submissions to the print journal should be made through our Submittable page.

All submissions should have: an attached cover letter, containing your name, all contact information, as well as the title of your submission. We also suggest, for non-fiction submissions, that you include relevant details about previous publication. Please send us your best work. Multiple submissions are discouraged.

Payment Rates

Kill Your Darlings pays all its writers, including contributors to the quarterly edition, Killings columnists, and writers of features on our website.

Print rates are negotiated with the editors on commission, however our minimum payments are: for a lead feature commentary $600, commentary $200, fiction $250, and reviews $200 (to all of which we also add a yearly print and online subscription, or renewal of an existing subscription, valued at $70).

Killings columnists are paid $90 per post, for a year-long contract. All other Killings posts are paid a $50 flat rate.

Additional Info

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 submitting 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 on your submission letter.

Please note that we receive thousands of submissions each year. We will only contact you again if we are interested in publishing your work. If you have not heard from us in 3 months, please know that we have not accepted your submission.

We automatically receipt all submissions, but we can’t provide feedback at this stage. If you are interested in having a short story, article or manuscript assessed, please find out more about our services here.