KYD Advent Calendar


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

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 as a discounted rate.

Kill Your Darlings pays its regular columnists, as well as contributors to the quarterly edition and writers of special features on our website. Rates are negotiated with the editors on commission, however our minimum payment for a lead feature commentary is $550, commentary is $200, fiction is $250, and reviews $200 (for all of which we subtract $50 for a discounted yearly subscription, or renewal of an existing subscription). Killings columnists are paid $85 per post, for a year-long contract.

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.

We only accept submissions attached as a Word document and emailed to

We encourage those who wish to submit essays, feature articles or reviews to email a pitch to before submitting.

Pitches and submissions to our blog, Killings, are currently closed and will reopen in early 2015. You can contact our Online Editor, Veronica Sullivan, at

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 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.