About KYD

 ‘In writing, you must kill all your darlings.’
— William Faulkner

Founded by Rebecca Starford and Hannah Kent, Kill Your Darlings (KYD) is one of Australia’s leading arts and culture magazines. Beginning life as a print quarterly in 2010, KYD is today a vibrant and eclectic online magazine of commentary, essays, interviews, fiction and reviews.

In addition to championing Australian writers, KYD also runs several early-career writing awards, produces a regular podcast, provides professional writing services such as workshops, mentorships and manuscript assessments, and hosts literary events. We are also the publisher of the annual short-story anthology, New Australian Fiction.

Our magazine is proudly independent. You can become a member for less than $1 a week.

Kill Your Darlings is produced primarily on unceded, sovereign Wurundjeri country, and we pay our respects to elders and custodians past and present. Join us in Paying the Rent.


The Team



Publishing Director and CEO Rebecca Starford is the author of the novel The Imitator and the memoir Bad Behaviour, which was recently adapted by Matchbox Pictures into a Stan Original series. She is a former editor at Text Publishing and Affirm Press. Rebecca teaches creative writing at the University of Queensland, where she is also completing a PhD. @RebeccaStarford
Marketing and Programming Manager Madeline Crehan is a writer, reader and digital communications specialist from Melbourne. She is currently studying Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT, has previously worked at Booked Out and the Feminist Writers Festival and is the former editor of Rosie.org.au at the Victorian Women’s Trust. @madelinecrehan


Kill Your Darlings Magazine Editor and New Australian Fiction Series editor Suzy Garcia is also a writer and bookseller. Previously, she was an editorial assistant at Djed Press. @suzygracias
First Nations Editor-in-Residence Nadia Johansen is a Gungarri woman from south-west Queensland, living and working on unceded Jagera and Turrbal land. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing and has a background working in Indigenous community organisations. She was runner-up in the inaugural SBS Emerging Writers competition and was a Writer-in-Residence at the Kyogle Writer’s Festival.


First Nations Editor-in-Residence Bianca Valentino is a Blak editor, award-winning writer, artist and musician living on Yugambeh Country. She is the first Indigenous publisher/editor of a music publication—Gimmie zine—in Australia. Her work has appeared in RookieRolling StoneNo Cure and more.


Kill Your Darlings is very grateful to the funding bodies who enable us to support the development and publication of quality Australian writing and writers.


Government Funding



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