This Week’s Reader: Virgie Townsend


Virgie Townsend is an editor living in the D.C. area with her husband. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in The Best of Pif Magazine, Best of SmokeLong Quarterly, and Every Day Fiction, where Every Day Fiction readers voted her short story “Seventeen” as one of the publication’s ten best stories of 2011. She can be found online at

Deal Breakers in Flash:

“I often like stories that in some way explore the space between what’s said and what characters feel they can’t say. A deal breaker for me is a Manic Pixie Dream Girl/Guy character–a one-dimensional, free-spirited romantic interest who exists in the story almost exclusively to make the protagonist feel ‘more alive.'”

A Story She Loves:

The Prediction by Kama Post, in SmokeLong Quarterly.



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