Kill Your Darlings is delighted to announce that Alice Cottrell has taken on the role of publisher of the magazine. Alice, currently KYD’s publication manager, will begin the new position in June.

‘Alice has made such an important and valuable contribution to the magazine since she joined us just 18 months ago,’ says KYD publishing director Rebecca Starford. ‘We’re very fortunate to have someone so dedicated and talented leading our team. Under her guidance, the magazine has continued to grow in content and new writing initiatives and opportunities, and I can’t wait to see what Alice has cooking for us next.’

‘I’m delighted to be stepping into the role of publisher at Kill Your Darlings,’ says Alice. ‘This is an exciting time: we have more readers and subscribers than ever before, our writing awards and mentorships are offering more support for emerging writers, and we continue to publish dynamic and intelligent new writing from across the country. I’m excited to work in close collaboration with our wonderful editor Alan Vaarwerk on new publishing programs and initiatives, and the continued evolution of our magazine.’

KYD recently launched the School Writing Prize, an initiative dedicated to showcasing fiction and non-fiction from secondary-schools students exploring a contemporary social or political issue, while KYD’s New Australian Fiction anthology will be published in October. The longlist for KYD’s annual Unpublished Manuscript Award will be announced in July, with the shortlisted writers this year being awarded an editorial development residency at Varuna. From July, KYD will begin a partnership with Writers Victoria, bringing workshops and publication opportunities to writers in regional Victoria.

We’re also bidding a fond farewell to contributing editor Samantha Forge, who is stepping down from her regular KYD column to begin a new role as an editor at Text Publishing. Thank you for your excellent work, Sam!