The Vault is now a Team!

I’m super pleased to announce that I have hired a sub-editor! Jacinta Bowler is an established science communicator who is going to be working with the Vault to gain more experience with fiction. Thanks to your generous donations to our Patreon and Ko-Fi, I’ve been able to pull together enough funds to pay her a proper really-small-part-time sub-editor salary!!!

I’m thrilled to get the chance to work with her and continue the amazing scicomm work that the Vault has been doing in 2019. So, with no further ado, it’s time to introduce you to the whole team (all 2 of us!) behind the Story Seed Vault.

Curator & Editor


Alex Jane Massey (they/them)

Alex Massey is a writer, editor, historian, and researcher from Sydney, Australia. They currently reside there with a cat, a cat lady, and a Canadian. Their work has appeared in ADDitude MagStory Seed VaultArcher MagazineLove Letter Podcastand Fifty Word Stories. They can be found hiding behind decorative foliage at parties or on Twitter @angry_pidgey.


received_738552779827615Jacinta Bowler (she/her)

Jacinta Bowler is a Melbourne-based science writer and podcaster. She has written for SBS, ABC, Brisbane Times, and is currently working as a writer and fact checker at ScienceAlert. She fact-checks people at parties and drinks more tea a day than any mere mortal could handle. Find her on Twitter @jacinta_bowler.


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On Hiatus Til October 2018

To all our loyal readers! A message from Editor Alex Massey:

Hello all! Just a quick post to say that the Vault is going on a short hiatus. There are a few reasons but to sum up – the past 6 months have been quite stressful and I am 💯100% burnt out. I need to hit pause and recalibrate. So, what does this mean for the Vault?

The Vault will be on hiatus until October 1, 2018.

Your submissions to date will still be read and responded to, but you won’t hear back from me until October. If  you want to withdraw your submission, I understand completely.

I’ll be looking for a sub-editor!

I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to pay them, but that’s definitely the goal. With the contributions from our Patreon supporters, I definitely have some funds for an hourly-based wage. I’ve already had a few people show some interest, and I’m keen to expand to an actual editorial team!

Keep writing, we’ll definitely be re-opening to submissions in October. 

Thank you for your support of the Vault and your patience as we take a break!

For science!
~ Alex J. Massey