2015 has been a huge year for KYD. We’ve published four print and online editions; published over 200 original works from new, emerging and established Australian writers on our website, including our five incredible Killings columnists; hosted events, book clubs and workshops around Australia; run writing competitions; and published a regular podcast series.

It’s been a wonderful ride – thank you for sharing it with us.

As the year comes to a close, we also have some staff announcements.

It is with much sadness that we announce that Issue 24 (released Monday) will be the last from our Editor Brigid Mullane.

Brigid has worked for KYD for three years, and during that time – thanks to her tirelessness, creative vision and enthusiasm for Australian writing – she has transformed KYD’s quarterly edition. Under her editorship, we commissioned more new and emerging writers than ever before, and saw an increase in our subscriber numbers by 82%. Brigid is an inspiring and passionate advocate for Australian writing, and for KYD.

While we will miss her terribly, we look forward to seeing Brigid go from strength to strength as she takes up the position of Editorial Director at the Melbourne Agency, a literary and creative agency for new and emerging writers.

We’re happy to announce that publishing directors Rebecca Starford and Hannah Kent will resume editing KYD in 2016. They’ll begin work on the next issue, No. 25 April 2016, in the new year.

We are also sad to announce the Samantha Forge will be leaving her position as Deputy Online Editor. Sam has been an incredible and dedicated editor for the website, working closely with Online Editor Veronica Sullivan to bring the content we all know and love to our screens each day. Thank you, Sam, and best wishes for all your endeavours.

We’re excited to have Alan Vaarwerk joining us as KYD’s new Deputy Online Editor, beginning his role in January. Alan is a writer, editor, proofreader, TV captioner, and editorial assistant for Readings Monthly. His writing has appeared in Griffith Review, Stilts and Writers Bloc. Welcome Alan!

And last, but not least, we’re thrilled to announce that Deputy Editor Hop Dac has taken on the new role of Associate Editor, while Ashleigh Hanson, formerly an editorial assistant, will be KYD’s new Deputy Editor.

The Kill Your Darlings office will be closed from 23 December 2015 until 11 January 2016. We can’t wait to bring you another energetic publishing program, as well as all our events and other activities, including workshops, in 2016. Stay tuned for some more exciting announcements on those fronts in January.

From all at Kill Your Darlings, thank you for your support, and for reading our words, and we look forward to catching up again in the new year. Have a safe and happy holiday.

The Kill Your Darlings team xx