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 Her debut novel, Burial Rites (Picador; Little, Brown, 2013), won the 2011 Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award, and was shortlisted for the 2013 Guardian First Book Award and the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award.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, the Victorian Writer, 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
Deputy Online Editor Samantha Forge is a freelance writer and editor. She has previously worked at the Five Mile Press, Lonely Planet and Penguin Books, and was also one of the Creative Producers of the 2015 Digital Writers' Festival. She is currently completing a Masters of Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne. @samanthaleesays
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
Editorial Assistant Ashleigh Hanson has completed an Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT and currently studies history and literature at the University of Melbourne.
Interviews Editor Gerard Elson is a bookseller at Readings St Kilda, where he convenes the non-fiction book club and chairs the odd interview event. His writing has appeared in Island magazine, the Review of Australian Fiction, Higher Arc, The Big Issue and Tincture Journal. @_thehumancomedy
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