Victoria Zelvin


Victoria Zelvin is a speculative fiction and freelance writer living and working in Washington D.C. She is interested in exploring the themes of isolation and difficulty communicating through a science fiction and fantasy lens. For her day job she produces various forms of digital content advocating for ocean conservation by activating and educating a large grassroots base of supporters. Her work has appeared in various magazines and anthologies, to include Daily Science Fiction, Brave New Girls, Shoreline of Infinity, the Broken Metropolis Anthology from Mason Jar Press, among others. She enjoys engaging with the community, and appreciates the opportunity to do so as a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the DC Science Writers Association.


The Plants of Erebus | Published by Brave New Girls | July 2019

The Dwindling Forest of Kelp | Published by Jaylee James in the Love & Bubbles Anthology | October 2018

The Immortal and the Time Traveler | Published by OutWrite in the 2018 OutWrite Festival Journal | August 2018

City of Cats | Published by Mason Jar Press in the Broken Metropolis Anthology | August 2018

ATHENA | Published by Queer Sci Fi in the Impact Anthology | July 2018

Goodnight New York, New York | Published by Shoreline of Infinity in the Edinburgh International Science Festival Special Edition | April 2018

The Immortal and the Time Traveler | Published by Daily Science Fiction | November 2017

Goodnight New York, New York | Published by Shoreline of Infinity | December 2016

Back to Where I Know You | Published by Meerkat Press in the Love Hurts Anthology | December 2015

The Last Flight Out of Saigon | Published by A Murder of Storytellers in the Broken Worlds Anthology | July 2015

On Illness | Published by Short, Fast, & Deadly | June 2014

Muses | 1st Place Andrew Murphy Fiction Award Winner, Published by On Concept's Edge | 2010 



Bylines in the Writing Cooperative, Super Jump Magazine, Better Marketing, Viridian Forest, the Ascent, Center for Educational Improvement, and more. If you are interested in me contributing to your site, please send inquiries to:


Telling a Story with Gameplay Alone

We all know someone who just mashes skip the second a cutscene comes up — and perhaps we’ve been that person. Sometimes you’re just in the mood for gameplay, not all these relentless talky bits. Is it possible for that person to still experience the story of the game they’re playing? I would say emphatically yes, whether they realize it or not.


Doors on the D.C. Metro Can Take 15 Seconds to Open After the Train Stops. Why?

The train stops. People shuffle to the door, crowding around it. The doors stay shut. The announcement overhead declares what station it is and what the next stop is. The doors stay shut. People shuffle a bit more, pressing the people in front a little more against the glass. Why the delay in opening the doors?


Read Everything: The Best Writing Advice I Ever Got

Read everything. Anything with words on it, anything that an actual human person took the time to jot words down on, anything within your line of sight. Not just novels and poems, but billboards and shampoo bottles and street signs and warning labels on electronics. Everything that has been written has been done with intent, and even those things that were not well executed are worth learning from.


#OutWrite2019 | Washington DC | August 3rd 2019

ECHO & SPARK - Speculative readings from Jay Wolf, Maria Romasco Moore, Ruth Joffre, and Day Al-Mohamed. Moderated by Victoria Zelvin

Baltimore Book Festival | Baltimore, MD | September 29th 2018

Readings from publications by Mason Jar Press from Erin Dorney, celeste doaks, Anthony Moll, and Victoria Zelvin

Broken Metropolis Launch Party | Washington DC | August 9th 2018

Celebrate the arrival of Broken Metropolis with Mason Jar Press, editor dave ring, and readings from contributors Jacob Budenz & Victoria Zelvin. 

#OutWrite2018 | Washington DC | August 4th 2018

ON A PALE HORSE - Speculative readings from Alexa Black, Lyle Blake Smythers, Jackie D, and Victoria Zelvin. Moderated by Michael M. Jones 

photo by dave ring

photo by dave ring