Publishing Director and Editor-in-Chief Rebecca Starford is an editor at Text Publishing. She is a former deputy editor at Australian Book Review and former associate publisher at Affirm Press. She was a founding member of the Stella Prize steering committee. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Age, and Weekend Australian. Her debut memoir, Bad Behaviour, will be published by Allen & Unwin in March 2015. @RebeccaStarford
Publishing Director Hannah Kent is completing a PhD in Creative Writing at Flinders University. Her debut novel, Burial Rites (Picador; Little, Brown, 2013), won the 2011 Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award, and was shortlisted for the 2013 Guardian First Book Award and the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. It was named Book of the Year by iTunes Australia. Translation rights have been sold to nineteen countries. @HannahFKent
Editor Brigid Mullane is a bookseller. She has worked with the Melbourne Writers Festival, Emerging Writers’ Festival and the National Young Writers Festival. She is a recent graduate of Masters of Publishing and Communications at Melbourne University. @brigidjmullane
Online Editor Veronica Sullivan is Assistant Manager of the Stella Prize. She was Creative Producer with the 2014 Emerging Writers’ Festival and a Digital Reporter for the 2013 Melbourne Writers Festival. She has written for publications including Right Now, The Lifted Brow, Acclaim, Feminartsy, and Archer online. @veronicaahhh.
Deputy Editor Hop Dac has worked variously in independent publishing, theatre and visual arts. Besides his work with KYD, he also edits for Adelaide outfit Paroxysm Press and writes occasionally for Peril magazine. @hopdac
Editorial Assistant Meaghan Dew is a sales coordinator at Penguin Group Australia and a part-time bookseller at Dymocks. She also produces the Kill Your Darlings Podcast. Previously, Meaghan co-produced and hosted The Sunday Blurb for SYN. @megsansmog
Interviews Editor Bethanie Blanchard is a freelance writer and critic based in Melbourne. She is a books writer for The Guardian Australia and a regular reviewer for The Australian. Her writing has also appeared in The Monthly, The Age, The Drum, The Big Issue, Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings and The Lifted Brow. @beth_blanchard
Cover artist Guy Shield is a Melbourne-based illustrator and designer. Guy has drawn for publications from all over the globe, including WIRED, Rolling Stone, Men’s Health and Granta. @guyshield