Louise Swinn – Chair

Louise is the editorial director of Sleepers, and was one of the founders of SPN, the Small Press Network. Her fiction and reviews have appeared in the AgeOverlandMeanjinThe Times Literary SupplementGuardian, the AustralianKill Your Darlings, and Best Australian Stories.

Sophie Cunningham – Deputy, Melbourne

Sophie is Chair of the Australia Council’s Literature Board. She worked in publishing for twenty-five years and is the author of three books, GeographyBird and Melbourne.

Samantha Hagan – Deputy, Sydney

Sam began her career in television production, moved to producing live outdoor events, and for the last eight years has worked as an arts programmer and producer. She currently works at the State Library of NSW.

Liz Chappell – Treasurer

Liz is a finance professional with some 20 years’ experience. She is currently Head of Finance and Corporate Services at the Melbourne Festival.

Caroline Ryan – Secretary

Caroline is a Senior Associate at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Alicia Darvall

Alicia is a launch manager who advises organisations on programming, business development, marketing and resourcing.

Jacinta Halloran

Jacinta is a GP and a writer. She is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Dissection and Pilgrimage.

Foong Ling Kong

Foong Ling has nearly two decades’ experience as an editor and a publisher of books across a wide range of genres. She is also Managing Editor of Anne Summers Reports.

Christine Gordon

Chris is Events Manager at Readings Books, Music and Film.

Kristi Mansfield

Kristi is an Australian leader in philanthropy and social investment. She is the executive director of the Sydney Community Foundation, fund director of the Sydney Women’s Fund, founder and director of impact investment firm Greenstone Group, director of the Australian Women Donors Network and Sharing Stories Foundation.

Aviva Tuffield

Aviva is a publisher at Affirm Press. She has worked in publishing for almost twenty years, mainly as an editor. She was previously Associate Publisher at Scribe Publications, where she was responsible for building an Australian fiction list, and before that she was Deputy Editor at Australian Book Review.


Aviva Tuffield – Executive Director

Trish Pinto – Development Manager 

Megan Quinlan – Prize Manager


Fay Helfenbaum – Digital Marketing & the Stella Count

Veronica Sullivan – The Stella Count