Vestal Review is the oldest magazine of flash fiction, published continuously since 2000.


Ends on November 30, 2017
This fee-free category for stories under 500 words is for previous contributors only. Please identify yourself with the issue and the story title of your former contribution to Vestal Review. The special calls for submissions are not eligible. The payment is still $25 and a print copy.

If you don't follow the rules, your submission will be regretfully rejected.


Submit a magic realism story of up to 250 words. It can be a story of the type of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" or humorous magic realism. No hard science fiction or high fantasy.  The selected story will appear on the VR's website every other Monday. The best published story of three months selected by the reader's poll will be included in the next issue of Vestal Review with our standard publication pay. No fees. 

Please do not submit anything that doesn't match the theme or the story length limitations.
Ends on September 30, 2017

We assume that every writer is also a reader, so please read the guidelines before submitting and not the other way around. This category is ONLY for the award nominations. If you submit your own story here, we will delete it unread. Sorry about that. Please submit your own story through the category titled Fiction. 

We would like to announce our third annual Vestal Review Award (The VERA). 

Please feel free to nominate one story under 500 words published by your magazine in print or online in 2016.  The winning selection receives a prize of $100 and a publication in Vestal Review, and the runner-up entry gets publication in Vestal Review at our usual terms. There is no nomination fee. Only a magazine editor is eligible to submit a nomination. One story per magazine, please. 

Editor, it can not be your own story.

Please state your credentials when nominating.

Go to this link for more details. 


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Vestal Review publishes its print issues twice a year in a perfect-bound edition. 

We don't read new submissions in December, January, June and July. 

Vestal Review is a magazine for flash (short-shorts) fiction, 500 words or fewer.  Since our content is free and we pay our authors, we are forced to resort to submission charges after 16 years of fee-free publication.  Subsequently, we increased our honorarium to $25 flat.
Color art for the print and Web issues covers. Please submit portrait orientation only with the ratio of 1.5 or 1.6. Payment is one copy of the print issue.

Interior illustrations in B&W. No pay, just fame.