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The KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award
or The Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award; or Kill Your Darlings Varuna Fellowship
Subcategory of Kill Your Darlings Awards
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'This award, which is open to writers of adult fiction and adult non-fiction, will assist an early-career author in the development of their unpublished manuscript. Open to writers who have not had a full-length work published by a commercial publishing house. If you have previously self-published, your entry must be a new, unpublished work. The winner receives $5,000 cash and a mentorship with Kill Your Darlings' Rebecca Starford (non-fiction) or Hannah Kent (fiction). '


2019 winner Sam van Zweden for Eating with My Mouth Open
2018 winner Little Did I Know Nicole McAlinden , 2018 single work short story
— Appears in: Kill Your Darlings [Online] , June 2018;

'Fliss’ life in Green Brook is quiet and safe – the government’s No Second Chances crackdown on crime doesn’t really affect her small farming town. That is until the shock arrival of a young man on the run, who knows her secret. Albey is the child Fliss illegally terminated two decades before, implanted into female prisoners in the remote and forgotten West Australian mining town of Barren Creek. Not knowing who to trust and with Albey’s captors on their tail, Fliss flees Green Brook and follows Albey to Barren Creek, where she uncovers the startling truth behind the detention and exploitation of both women and unborns, risking her own freedom in the process.'  (Introduction)

2017 winner S.J. Norman For 'Permafrost'.