In partnership with State Library of Queensland’s black&write! Project, Kill Your Darlings is delighted to announce Jasmin McGaughey as KYD’s First Nations Editor-in-Residence, a newly created position. Jasmin will commission, edit and publish original pieces alongside KYD’s regular publishing program on an ongoing basis.

State Library of Queensland’s black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing project supports the development of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers from across Australia. This publishing partnership with KYD enables our organisations to offer pathways to publication for First Nations writers, to advance the careers of emerging First Nations editors, and to foster the creation of new works in a culturally safe setting.

First Nations Editor-in-Residence Jasmin McGaughey:

Hi everyone! My name is Jasmin McGaughey and I am a Torres Strait Islander and African American writer. I’m also a Junior Editor at black&write! and the new Kill Your Darlings First Nations Editor-in-Residence. I’m so excited to read your work! I’m calling out for pieces that reflect on the lands we are privileged to exist on, how people are living during this time of rapid climate change, and the different ways in which we are connected to land. All stories/pieces are welcome from First Nations writers, and I would especially love to read pieces that revolve around the Torres Strait Islands. Inspirational, uplifting pieces are right up my alley!

KYD Editor Alan Vaarwerk:

I’m delighted to welcome Jasmin McGaughey to the KYD team as our new First Nations Editor-in-Residence. Jasmin is a fantastic writer and thinker, and I greatly enjoyed working with her earlier this year on her brilliant article about why Australian YA needs more Torres Strait Islander writing. KYD is committed to counteracting many of the biases and imbalances in Australian publishing, as is State Library of Queensland and their black&write! Project, and we’re so pleased to be able to partner on a program that will benefit First Nations writers, editors and in turn the broader literary community.

All KYD contributors are paid. Find more information on how to submit to work with Jasmin here.