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KYD New Critic Award

Date: Mon November 30 2020 12:00 am to Mon November 30 2020 11:59 pm

Entries for the 2021 New Critic are now open until 5pm AEDT Monday 30 November. 

This award assists the vocational development of an early-career critic across all artforms.

The winner will receive a total of $3000 prize money, consisting of a $1000 cash prize and a regular paid column (5 long-form articles at $400 each) in 2021, working closely with KYD editorial staff. Two runners up will each have the opportunity to publish one of their pitch proposals in KYD in 2021 (paid at KYD’s standard contributor rate of $300).

To read the guidelines and to make a submission, go to the submissions page.


Entries are open to writers all over Australia, including rural and regional areas; we strongly encourage writers from all backgrounds and experience levels to apply.

You must have a current KYD Individual Membership to be eligible for this award. You can become a member for less than $1 a week. 

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers are encouraged to enter without the need for a KYD Membership.

The winner of the KYD New Critic Award will be announced in December 2020.

The full KYD New Critic Award Submission Guidelines and Terms & Conditions can be found here.

The judges for the 2020 Award are KYD Editor Alan Vaarwerk and KYD Publisher Alice Cottrell.



For more information, visit the Kill Your Darlings website.

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