Virtual Zine is an online literary magazine which celebrates diversity in both fiction and creative non-fiction writing. Our mission is to showcase established and emerging writers alike, demonstrating the variety of styles that come from the unique filter of personal experience.
We publish fiction (from 500 to 1,500) under the VFF (Virtual Feature Fiction) category and creative non fiction (from 1000 to 2000) under the VCNF (Virtual Creative Non Fiction) category.
In 2021, we launched the V300, a cash-prize flash fiction competition.
We are also planning a Visual Art publication windows and a Literary Corner dedicated to novel writing.
As a general rule, unique storytelling is more important to us than immaculate prose, especially as we are keen to promote the inclusion of exophonic authors and those newer to the craft. However, please ensure your pieces are as polished as they can be prior to submission as we will only make minor editorial suggestions.
Please be aware we are not currently accepting submissions for the V500.
We are delighted that you may be considering sending us your work and we can't wait to read it but please check our SUBMISSIONS pages for more details as we have a specific requirements.
The founder, Laura Danks, manages Virtual Zine with the support of an international editorial team of talented writers and guest editors. See their bios below.
If you are considering sending us your work please first visit our submissions page for more information as we have specific guidelines.
Born in Milan, Laura studied Classics in Italy then lived a little everywhere before settling in the UK. She is currently studying for a MA in Novel Writing. She had two novels published and writing a few more. Her words can be found in a few zines or on Insta/FB/Twitter @auradanks
Simon lives as part of a dog dominated family in the Yarra Valley, Australia. His work has been SL for Tarbert Festival in Oct 2017 and LL and HC for Bath FF in 2018. He was also a finalists in Pitch Perfect at the Bloody Scotland Crime Festival 2018.
On Twitter @lockedinatardis
Mark began writing stories at school and never really stopped. He won the TSS Short Story in 2019. He's currently writing a novel with gothic mystery overtones. He lives with his family on a hill in Warwickshire, UK, and can be found on Twitter here @ottobottle
Danielle can be found doodling and writing stories in Durham.
She’s had work published online and has murals in schools and residential homes. When she’s not doodling, she’s working on her debut historical fiction novel and drinking coffee. On Twitter @snoochems
Jane used to sit in the corner of English classes and write stories instead of listening to the teacher. A former competitive swimmer whose sport took her to the United States for university, she now lives in Berkshire. She has had work published in a growing number of magazines, and is on Twitter at @janemcopland
Born in Guyana, educated in England, France, Spain and the US, Monica spent most of her life in Sweden before recently moving to the Netherlands. She has been an avid storyteller and poet since childhood, publishing her first poem at age 16. She's now working on a historical novel.
On Twitter @monicahbalt
Wiz is a prize-winning graduate from the National Film and Television School and has previously worked with British Screen and the BBC. She has appeared in The Sunday Telegraph and on various broadcast platforms. She's currently writing a psychological mystery novel. Occasionally found on Twitter @Chomsky1
Barbara is an American immigrant to Ireland where she lives with her family. A previous Irish Writers' Centre Novel Fair winner, she’s been listed for various comps and had flash published here and there. She’s currently working on her second novel, a gothic mystery set in the Irish countryside. She tweets at @BAByarWriter