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KYD launches writing prize for school students

Kill Your Darlings (KYD) has launched a new writing prize, designed to develop, mentor, edit and publish the work of two writers from Australian secondary schools.

The inaugural KYD School Writing Prize is open to entries of up to 1500 words in the categories of fiction and nonfiction, with students asked to respond to a current social or political issue. Entry is free, but is open exclusively to KYD school members and their students.

Two winners will receive a $500 cash prize, editorial support and publication in KYD.

Publishing director Rebecca Starford and author Maxine Beneba Clarke will judge the award.

Starford said: ‘KYD was incredibly inspired by the recent climate protests led by secondary school students all over the country. We want to hear more from students about the issues that concern them. We are delighted to offer young emerging writers a publishing voice and a professional publishing platform with the KYD School Writing Prize.’

Entries open on 23 April and close on 28 June, with the winners to be announced at a special event in August 2019.

 

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