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2020 KYD New Critic Award

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Entries are now open for the 2020 KYD New Critic Award. Now in its fourth year, this award will assist the vocational development of an early-career critic.

The New Critic Award is open to critics working in all fields of arts and culture (books, film, television, theatre, music, dance, performance, visual arts, etc). KYD is particularly interested in writing that speaks to the changing nature of cultural criticism, whether that be critiquing an under-examined art form, experimenting with prose style and structure, or highlighting new or underrepresented voices and perspectives.

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

You must be over 18 years of age, and have a current KYD Membership to be eligible for this award; you can sign up on the KYD website.

Entries must comprise the following three sections:

Section 1: A description of your interest, knowledge and/or involvement within your proposed category, an explanation of how your work as New Critic will further critical understanding of your proposed category, and of how the Award would benefit your career as a writer and critic. (max. 400 words)

Section 2: Two pitches/short outlines (max. 200 words each) for suggested pieces of criticism that you would write for Kill Your Darlings in your role as New Critic. (Tips on crafting a strong pitch can be found here.)

Section 3: A one-page maximum overview of your relevant previous writing experience. This may include links to a maximum of two pieces of published writing you feel represent your tone and voice or links to a PDF file of your work hosted via Dropbox or Google Drive.

Prizes: 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 2020, working closely with KYD editorial staff. Two runners up will each have the opportunity to publish one of their pitch proposals in KYD in 2020 (paid at KYD’s standard contributor rate of $250).

Closing date: Sunday 10 November 2019.

For more information, and to enter via Submittable, please head to KYD‘s website.

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