Our Vision

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'll publish several stories each month under the VFF (Virtual Feature Fiction) category, and four stories for the V500 (in response to the quarterly theme). Accordingly, we are looking for unique voices that will equally complement and stand in antithesis to each other.

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.

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 page 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.

Virtual Feature Fiction

If you are considering sending us your work please first visit our submissions page for more information as we have specific guidelines.


Managing Editor

Laura Danks

Born in Milan, Laura studied Classics in Italy then lived a little everywhere before settling in the UK. Her debut novel Almost Forever was published by HQ Digital (HarperCollins) in 2018 and she is donating all her royalties to the Stroke Association UK. Her words can be found in a few zines or on Insta/FB/Twitter @auradanks

Editorial Team

Mark Left, Senior Editor

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 Devlin, Visual Editor

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

Simon Cowdroy, Senior Editor

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 

Guest Editors V500

Monica Balt, Guest Editor '19

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 Wharton, Guest Editor '19

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 Byar, Guest Editor '19

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