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Carmine wins inaugural ‘KYD’ unpublished manuscript award

Literary journal Kill Your Darlings (KYD) has announced Onyx B Carmine (S J Norman) as the winner of its inaugural unpublished manuscript award for their short story collection ‘Permafrost’.

Carmine receives $5000 and a mentorship with author and KYD publishing director Hannah Kent, who was joined on the judging panel by publishing director Rebecca Starford, fiction editor Ashleigh Hanson and Penguin Random House commissioning editor Cate Blake.

Blake said the ‘original, atmospheric stories slip together like a string of dark gems’. ‘Every story feels visceral and unsettling and deeply compelling, and they all work together in a vivid and striking way—I felt almost physically affected by the strength and beauty of this manuscript,’ said Blake.‘“Permafrost” travels the world and a wide spectrum of human emotion and experience. As I read I felt I was in the hands of an extremely talented and exciting writer.’

Carmine’s work was chosen from a shortlist of five and a longlist of 10.

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