Publishing Director and Editor-in-Chief Rebecca Starford is an editor at Text Publishing and a former deputy editor at Australian Book Review. She was a founding member of the Stella Prize steering committee, and her writing has appeared in the Guardian, Age, and Weekend Australian. Her debut memoir, Bad Behaviour, was 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), has been translated into twenty-three languages and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Guardian First Book Award. It won the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year, the Indie Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year and the Victorian Premier’s People’s Choice Award, and has most recently been shortlisted for the 2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Hannah is currently working on her second novel. @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, the Wheeler Centre's website, the Victorian Writer, Feminartsy, and Archer online. In 2015, she was chosen as one of Melbourne Writers Festival’s ’30 Under 30′. @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 writer and editor. She is currently an Editor at Black Inc, and has previously worked at the Five Mile Press, Lonely Planet and Penguin Books. She was also one of the Creative Producers of the 2015 Digital Writers' Festival, and 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
Marketing Coordinator Briony Kent has a varied communications work history, including roles with PR agency Gray Management Group, The Fairies, Scope Global, and now at the University of South Australia, where she works in international business development and marketing. Briony's areas of professional interest and expertise include strategic, corporate and creative communications, integrated campaigns, publicity, international business development, and public speaking.
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